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Damiano Damiani (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 March 1970 (Italy) See more »
Based on the story of Franca Viola and Filippo Melodia. In Sicily, as a Mafia boss leaves for prison... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Alessio Orano ... Vito Juvara

Ornella Muti ... Francesca
Tano Cimarosa ... Gaetano Cimarosa (as Gaetano Cimarosa)
Joe Sentieri ... Poidomani
Enzo Andronico ... Avvocato
Amerigo Tot ... Antonino Stella
Pierluigi Aprà ... Tenente dei carabinieri (as Pier Luigi Apra)
Salvatore Baccaro (as Salvatore Vaccaro)
Sandro Arlotta
Diego Morreale
Mariella Palmich
Giuseppe Lauricella
Jocelyne Munchenbach (as Joceline Münchenbach)
Fortunato Arena
Prassede Nogara
Salvatore Moscardini
Gaetano Di Leo
Francesco Tranchina
Franco Marletta

Directed by
Damiano Damiani 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Damiano Damiani  screenplay
Damiano Damiani  story
Enrico Ribulsi 
Sofia Scandurra 

Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Franco Di Giacomo 
Film Editing by
Antonio Siciliano 
Production Design by
Umberto Turco 
Sound Department
Franco Groppioni .... sound mixer
Corrado Volpicelli .... boom operator
Music Department
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor

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Also Known As:
"La moglie più bella" - Italy (original title)
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108 min
Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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The late '70s French-dubbed release version of this film has over 10 minutes of added hardcore sex scenes, mainly appearing at the beginning of the film, featuring anonymous performers, yet its overall running time is 20 minutes shorter than the original Italian film.See more »
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Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) (TV)See more »


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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
excellent, 2 July 2005
Author: Close_The_Door from Italy

Damiano Damiani is perhaps the Italian filmmaker most inspired by American cinema. He links political commitment to excellent thriller style. "La moglie piu' bella" is still shocking for me, knowing it is inspired by the true story of Franca Viola in 1965. The atmosphere is disquieting thanks to the the film-making and Ennio Morricone's music. This is also the first film of Ornella Muti, who was 14 years old at the time and pretended to be ill not to go to school for two months - the time of recording. It reminds me "La ragazza con la pistola" (The girl with the gun) by Mario Monicelli with Monica Vitti, although this one is much more ironic and aims at ridiculing certain Sicilians customs to better fight them.

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