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Volcano (1950)

Vulcano (original title)
Approved | | Drama | 20 July 1953 (USA)
While awaiting Production Code seal approval in the USA this Italian-made production went through three American distributors in three years; first Motion Picture Sales Corporation that ... See full summary »

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Renzo Avanzo (story), Mario Chiari (adaptation) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Anna Magnani ... Maddalena Natoli
Rossano Brazzi ... Donato
Geraldine Brooks ... Maria, Maddalena's sister
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Giulio
Adriano Ambrogi Adriano Ambrogi ... Don Antonio
Lucia Belfadel Lucia Belfadel ... Carmela
Cesare Giuffrè Cesare Giuffrè ... Alvaro
Rosina Galli Rosina Galli ... A Worker
Enzo Staiola ... Nino
Francesco Cupane Francesco Cupane ... Merchant
Ignazio Consiglio Ignazio Consiglio ... Boat Captain
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Storyline

While awaiting Production Code seal approval in the USA this Italian-made production went through three American distributors in three years; first Motion Picture Sales Corporation that passed it off to Eagle Lion and finally to United Artists when they acquired Eagle Lion properties. Anna Magnani, a prostitute, is banished from Naples and returns to her home, a volcanic island off of southern Italy. There, she is accepted only by her younger sister and younger brother, and takes whatever job she can to get by. Rossano Brazzi, a diver by trade but a procurer for a prostitution ring---the white slave trade in those days---sets his cap for Anna's beautiful sister who has fallen in love with him. Anna sleeps with Brazzi to convince the sister he is bad news but the sister thinks otherwise. Later, on Brazzi's boat, Anna is pumping air to him while he is on an underwater dive and she resorts to the only course she has left to save her sister. She stops pumping. Feeling guilt and remorse ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

Untamed! Unashamed! Raw and Violent!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I vulkanens skugga See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first underwater filming techniques were developed for Vulcano's treasure-hunting scenes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in We, the Women (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

'A nannulidda (Ciuri ciuri)
(uncredited)
Performed by Anna Magnani
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The volcano is not the only thing that erupts in this film!
12 May 2004 | by angela_doSee all my reviews

I viewed this film for the first time at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival. It was explosive! The intrigue, the jealousy, the betrayal, the hate, the love, the MURDER!! It was all there on one tiny island. I cried, I laughed, I cheered, I gasped! It was like an opera, but without the annoying singing. Anna Magnianni didn't have to say a word. Her face said it all. What an amazing actress. It made me realize what a great loss her death has been.

A gentleman, who had worked on the film, and spoke before the viewing, said that Anna had worked on the film while she was getting over a broken heart caused by the loss of her real life love, Roberto Rossilini, to Ingrid Bergman. I loved this film ! God bless the Tribeca Film Festival!


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