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Flesh Will Surrender (1947)

Il delitto di Giovanni Episcopo (original title)
Giovanni used to be a humble, mild-mannered government clerk whose life was turned upside down when he met Giulio, a notorious forger who at once set about manipulating the over-confident ... See full summary »


Alberto Lattuada


Gabriele D'Annunzio (novel), Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay) (as Suso D'Amico) | 4 more credits »
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Aldo Fabrizi ... Giovanni Episcopo
Roldano Lupi ... Giulio Wanzer
Yvonne Sanson ... Ginevra Canale
Ave Ninchi ... Emilia Canale
Nando Bruno Nando Bruno ... Antonio
Alberto Sordi ... Doberti
Francesco De Marco Francesco De Marco ... Canale
Amedeo Fabrizi Amedeo Fabrizi ... Ciro Episcopo
Lia Grani Lia Grani ... Signora Adele
Maria Gonnelli Maria Gonnelli ... Santina
Gino Cavalieri Gino Cavalieri ... Il direttore dell'archivio
Gian Luca Cortese Gian Luca Cortese ... Il marchese Aguti (as Luca Cortese)
Folco Lulli ... Carlini
Diego Calcagno Diego Calcagno ... Un amico (as Calcagno)
Mario Perrone Mario Perrone ... Un amico (as Perrone)
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Giovanni used to be a humble, mild-mannered government clerk whose life was turned upside down when he met Giulio, a notorious forger who at once set about manipulating the over-confident man. Giovanni did what he should never have done: he associated himself with the crook. Giulio soon laid hands on Giovanni's money, ruined his career and manhandled him into marrying his own mistress, the beautiful Ginevra. It was of course an unhappy marriage but Giovanni found a little solace when his son Ciro was born. Seven years later though, Wanzer resurfaced... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Italian censorship visa #2998 delivered on 29 August 1947 See more »


Referenced in Variety Lights (1950) See more »

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The crime of Giovanni Episcopo.
13 January 2020 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

Alberto Lattuarda's films are, to put it politely, a 'mixed bag' but here he has really hit the mark in this adaptation of the novel of 1891 by Gabriele d'Annunzio which unfortunately became lumbered with the alternative title 'The Flesh will Surrender'! Quite a few had a hand in the screenplay including Fellini, d'Amico, Lattuarda himself and star Aldo Fabrizi. As the mild-mannered bank clerk Fabrizi is absolutely magnificent. His performance is of immense compassion and subtlety and typifies the 'little is good, less is better' school of film acting. Yvonne Sanson plays his tantalising wife and Radolno Lupi as the rotter is the type of man to whom women seem irresistibly drawn. Interesting to see a younger Alberto Sordi in a smaller role before 'breaking through' in the 1950's for Fellini. Even here his style and screen presence are unmistakeable. Scenes between Giovanni and his son Ciro are extremely touching due not least to their being real life father and son. Cinematography is by the superlative Aldo Tonti. As for the powerful score the director's father Felice is credited while Nino Rota's contribution is not! Excellent editing by Giuliana Attena whose first editorial assignment this is. A very good film made even better by a stupendous central performance.

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25 October 1950 (USA) See more »

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Lux Film, Pao Film See more »
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