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Desire (1946)

Desiderio (original title)
Paola, a Milan call girl, returns home to her village in an attempt to go straight. Rejected by her father, blackmailed by a former lover, and lusted after by her brother-in-law, she turns to her beloved sister for support.

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Rosario Leone (screenplay), Giuseppe De Santis (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Massimo Girotti ... Nando Mancini
Carlo Ninchi ... Giovanni Mirelli
Elli Parvo ... Paola Previtali (as Elly Parvo)
Roswita Schmidt Roswita Schmidt ... Anna Previtali Mancini
Lia Corelli Lia Corelli ... Elena
Francesco Grandjacquet Francesco Grandjacquet ... Riccardo (as Francesco Grandjachet)
Jucci Kellerman Jucci Kellerman ... Lia
Spartaco Conversi Spartaco Conversi
Giovanna Scotto Giovanna Scotto ... Elvira Previtali - mamma di Paola ed Anna
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Paola, a Milan call girl, returns home to her village in an attempt to go straight. Rejected by her father, blackmailed by a former lover, and lusted after by her brother-in-law, she turns to her beloved sister for support.

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Women sharing love secrets that would shock even their men See more »

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Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

19 December 1952 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Desire See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In all available reference books about the film, the character played by Massimo Girotti is always called 'Nando Selvini', whereas the wedding invitation sent to Paola (played by Elli Parvo) clearly shows that his name is 'Mancini' instead. See more »

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Referenced in My Voyage to Italy (1999) See more »

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5 August 2001 | by ItalianGerrySee all my reviews

Released in the United States in the early 50's under the title of WOMAN, this obscure early Rossellini film was made at the end of the war and completed by Marcello Pagliero. It is a sensational little tragedy about a prostitute who returns from the city to her home town where she is variously loved, spurned, and lusted over. The grim, fatalistic atmosphere bears a good deal of resemblance to the much better known contemporary masterpiece OSSESSIONE, by Luchino Visconti. In fact Massimo Girotti appears in both films. Elli Parvo is quite riveting in the main role.


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