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The Walls of Malapaga (1949)

Le mura di Malapaga (original title)
A French fugitive arrives in Genoa, where he becomes entangled with an Italian woman and her daughter.

Director:

René Clément

Writers:

Jean Aurenche (adaptation), Pierre Bost (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jean Gabin ... Pierre Arrignon
Isa Miranda ... Marta Manfredini
Vera Talchi Vera Talchi ... Cecchina, la fille de Marta / Cecchina, figlia di Marta
Andrea Checchi ... Giuseppe, le mari de Marta / Giuseppe, marito di Marta
Robert Dalban ... Le marin / Il marinaio
Ave Ninchi Ave Ninchi ... Maria, la voisine / Maria, la vicina
Checco Rissone Checco Rissone ... Le faux-monnayeur / il contraffattore
Renato Malavasi Renato Malavasi ... Le dentiste / Il dentista
Carlo Tamberlani Carlo Tamberlani ... Le commissaire / Il commissario
Vittorio Duse ... L'agent / l'agente
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A French fugitive arrives in Genoa, where he becomes entangled with an Italian woman and her daughter.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | French

Release Date:

26 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Walls of Malapaga See more »

Filming Locations:

Genoa, Liguria, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Italia Produzione,Francinex See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Optiphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa #5706 delivered on 19 September 1949. See more »

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Even Aficionados of Neo-Realism WonÕt Remember It
8 August 2002 | by PolitiComSee all my reviews

Although highly regarded at the time, it also has to be one of the most easily forgotten French films of the late 1940Õs.

This gritty, neo-realist tale set in post-war Genoa is a vehicle for the two stars, Isa Miranda and Jean Gabin , but is bereft of compelling dialogue or dramatic content.

The story line is sparse: Gabin, on the run for murdering his lover in France, disembarks at the port of Genoa seeking treatment

for a toothache. He encounters a young girl, Vera Talchi, who helps him find a dentist. After being pick pocketed, he meets, Miranda, the girlÕs mother, who serves him a meal at the trattoria where she works.

Quickly they become attracted to each other, she takes him home and they fall in love. The daughter becomes jealous of the new relationship. Meanwhile, the police began to close in on Gabin.

Rene Clement, better known for Purple Noon and is Paris Burning, scored not only the Best Director award at Cannes in 1949 but also an honorary Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1950. In addition, Isa Miranda was named Best Actress at the Cannes Festival..


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