The time is the Twenties. Dr. Carlo Rambelli, inspector for the Ministry of Health, is sent to the Ravenna area to investigate a presumed epidemic of malaria. Once he has reached his native... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ettore Bassi ...
Dott. Carlo Rambelli
Sarah Felberbaum ...
Elsa Corzani
Oreste Bellenghi
Giuseppe Soleri ...
Eros Pagni ...
Don Bruno
Giorgio Biavati ...
Conte Ruggeri
Francesco Meoni ...
Ernesto Righi
Benedetta Valanzano ...
Manuela Morabito ...
Luisa Rambelli
Massimiliano Franciosa ...
Tommaso Rambelli
Sergio Meogrossi ...
Ilza Prestinari ...
Vecchia Ubalda
Alessandro Prete ...
Vinicio Merli


The time is the Twenties. Dr. Carlo Rambelli, inspector for the Ministry of Health, is sent to the Ravenna area to investigate a presumed epidemic of malaria. Once he has reached his native Romagna, Rambelli finds he has to grapple with the elementary life in ghost towns and with the strange deaths of two doctors: the province doctor and the country doctor. The story, which began with a self-possessed, elegiac narration, starts being tinged with suspense and mystery. In the end it will take on the distinct colours of the splattered nightmare. This novel of Baldini's is well constructed, a 'visual' cinema narration. In particular, the description of the horizontal Ravenna countryside is suggestive, with the open plains, the silence, the fog. The characters are vivid: aside from Dr. Rambelli, a gentleman who lent himself to medicine, there is Elsa, the woman of the people full of sensuality and primitive charm, whom the lead character falls in love with, questioning his own marriage ... Written by Feelmax

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11 June 2016 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

it could remind many films with the same theme. it could be accused to use old clichés . but that is the good point. different ways. the image of vulnerable stranger in a hostile community. the mysteries, dreams, secrets as parts of dark circle. tradition and myth and obsession and love as keys. Mal'aria is an admirable proof for to do a good horror. to use the parts of tradition of genre for a decent story with many flavors. sure, the photography and the landscapes are great. and Ettore Bassi seems be perfect choice for the doctor in strange place. the references to the folklore are the perfect spice for the force of a search who becomes fascinating mixture of dark and light. sure, it could be better. but it has the virtue to suggest in credible manner a story like an embroidery of social references, myth, clash between religion and old spiritual refuges.and this is not a bad thing.

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