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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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Genres:

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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Referenced in Siamo donne (1953) See more »

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A "Pepe le Moko" rehash.
12 May 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Coming just after "les maudits" ,perhaps René Clément's best film -and of course totally overlooked-,"Le mura di Palapaga" aka "Au-delà des Grilles" displays the same respect for the audience as far the languages are concerned.Italians speak Italian between them,and Gabin speaks French with Isa Miranda.There the comparison ends.

For "Au Delà-des Grilles" highly praised at the time, lauded far beyond its station,and incomprehensibly awarded at the Festival de Cannes ,has not worn well.The screenplay borrows lots of ideas from "Pépé le Moko" ,Duvivier's masterpiece (1937) and the atmosphere tries to capture that of the Italian neo-realism .Gabin does not seem to be interested in his part -he had played this kind of role of the good-guy-with-policemen-hot-on-his-heels many times before ;outside "Pepe" there 's also "La Bandera" "Quai des Brumes" "Le Recif de Corail" ,etc.Isa Miranda is the stand-out but in that context,it does not mean much.Try to see "les Maudits"!


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