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 ...
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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
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The volcano is not the only thing that erupts in this film!
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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