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A nineteenth-century Italian noblewoman, imprisoned in a foreboding lakeside palazzo by her uncle, comes to believe she's possessed by a long ago mistress of the manor.

Director:

Mario Soldati

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Antonio Fogazzaro (novel), Mario Bonfantini (screenplay) (as M. Bonfantini) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isa Miranda ... Marina di Malombra
Andrea Checchi ... Corrado Silla
Irasema Dilián ... Edith Steinegge (as Irasema Dilian)
Gualtiero Tumiati ... Il conte Cesare d'Ormengo
Nino Crisman Nino Crisman ... Nepo Salvador
Enzo Biliotti Enzo Biliotti ... Il commendator Napoleone Vezza
Ada Dondini Ada Dondini ... Fosca Salvador
Giacinto Molteni Giacinto Molteni ... Andrea Steinegge
Corrado Racca Corrado Racca ... Padre Tosi
Luigi Pavese Luigi Pavese ... Il professore Binda
Nando Tamberlani Nando Tamberlani ... Don Innocenzo
Doretta Sestan Doretta Sestan ... Fanny
Paolo Bonecchi Paolo Bonecchi ... Il dottor Pitour
Elvira Bonecchi Elvira Bonecchi ... Giovanna
Giovanni Barrella Giovanni Barrella ... L'ispettore della cartiera
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A nineteenth-century Italian noblewoman, imprisoned in a foreboding lakeside palazzo by her uncle, comes to believe she's possessed by a long ago mistress of the manor.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Hungarian

Release Date:

17 December 1942 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Palača ob jezeru See more »

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Lux Film See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Some sources include the names of Nico Pepe and Fanny Marchiò in the cast but neither appear in the credits nor the film. Their names were indeed initially linked with the film during the early stages of the production but both were forced to abandon the project because of previous commitments. See more »

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A Italian Gothic star vehicle from the Axis era
11 September 2011 | by melvelvit-1See all my reviews

A nineteenth-century Italian noblewoman, imprisoned in a foreboding lakeside palazzo by her uncle, comes to believe she's possessed by a long ago mistress of the manor who had a similar experience and came to a bad end...

MALOMBRA, exalted silent screen diva Lyda Borelli's 1917 "fin de siècle of Black Romanticism", was dusted off a couple of decades later as a vehicle for Isa Miranda, the reigning movie queen during Mussolini's regime. No expense was spared and the melodramatic manqué was given deluxe treatment by novelist/director Mario Soldati, who crafted an eerie, poetic propaganda-free example of Fascist-era entertainment at its best. Reminiscent of a Victorian-esque romance & revenge "penny dreadful", the phantasmic tale, although well-told, is a dark dream of near-operatic proportions that seems better suited to shadowplay. There's no denying this macabre melodrama with its rococo trappings harks back to silent cinema (where images were everything) but the gloomy Gothic style and tangible aura of unhappiness that hangs over everything is mesmerizing no matter the medium. Beautiful blonde Isa Miranda is equally compelling -all fire and ice- and her period costumes and long flowing curls show her mask-like beauty off to its best advantage.


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