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L'amore (1948)

In the first episode, a heartbroken woman talks to her ex-lover on the phone. In the second, a pregnant woman believes she is carrying the child of Saint Joseph.

Director:

Roberto Rossellini

Writers:

Jean Cocteau (play), Federico Fellini (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

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Anna Magnani ... La donna al telefono (segment "Una voce umana") / Nannina (segment "Il miracolo")
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Storyline

In part one, The Human Voice, a woman alone speaks on the telephone to her lover, who has broken off the affair to marry someone else. He calls her several times in one night: he lies, she apologizes, she takes the blame, she weeps, she pleads, she asks a favor. Her pain and desperation drive the simple story. In part two, The Miracle, a homeless woman believes that a man she encounters on a hillside is Saint Joseph; he takes advantage of her. When she discovers she is pregnant, she knows it's a miracle. Other villagers mock her, and she has the baby alone, near a locked church, in the straw of a goat shed. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

28 March 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Amore See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Finecine,Tevere Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In New york, Rossellini was charged with blasphemy by Cardinal Spellman but defended by the Protestants. See more »

Quotes

La donna al telefono (segment "Una voce umana"): What? My black satin dress. Yes, I'm still wearing it. No, I didn't smoke. Just three cigarettes. I swear
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The Miracle, Censorship and the Supreme Court
30 March 2011 | by sakatzSee all my reviews

Contrary to the previous reviewer, "The Miracle" WAS released in New York City at the Paris Theater in 1950 (it was part of a 2-film anthology called "The Ways of Love"). It did well at the box office and went on to win Best Foreign Film from the NY Film Critics.

Cardinal Spellman objected to the film and denounced it in print. Since the film had already passed the NY censorship board without objection, he put pressure on the owner of the Paris Theater to stop showing the film before he was able to get the censorship board to reverse itself.

The film's distributor, Joseph Burstyn, went to court to defend the film and the Supreme Court, in a landmark ruling in 1952, decided the censorship board had violated the Constitution's separation of church and state clause and, furthermore, reversed its 1915 Mutual Film vs. Ohio ruling and determined that film was protected under the First Amendment.


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