Fatal Desire (1953)

Cavalleria rusticana (original title)
In Pietro Mascagni's tragic opera, a soldier returns home from war to reclaim his former fiancée, only to find that she's married someone else in his absence, leading to jealousy, betrayal, and murder.


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Art Cohn, Francesco De Feo (as F. De Feo) | 6 more credits »
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Credited cast:
May Britt ... Santuzza
Ettore Manni ... Turiddu
Kerima ... Lola
Anthony Quinn ... Alfio
Virginia Balestrieri Virginia Balestrieri ... Mamma Lucia
Umberto Spadaro Umberto Spadaro ... Uncle Brasi
Grazia Spadaro Grazia Spadaro ... Aunt Camilla
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tito Gobbi Tito Gobbi ... Alfio (voice)


In a small Sicilian village, Turiddu returns from the war after a three year absence. He is eager to meet with his sweetheart Lola and marry her as agreed upon by the two lovers before the war. Although happy to see her son come back alive from the war, Turiddu's mother warns him that things have changed in the village since the beginning of the war. She informs her son that Lola, tired of waiting for Turiddu, married another man in the village, Alfio. Alfio owns a small business and is a good provider for Lola who seems to cherish material things in a society plagued by poverty. Initially, Turiddu expresses his disappointment at the news but decides to act with maturity and he wishes Lola and Alfio luck in their marriage. He even invites the newlyweds to his family's wine bodega where he and other villagers toast to the fortune and happiness of the bride and groom. In the following months, Turiddu meets and starts courting Santuzza, a young beautiful girl who happens to live next ... Written by nufs68

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There is a special kind of payment for "borrowing" another man's wife.


Drama | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

9 January 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Excelsa Film See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)


Color (Ferraniacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Originally filmed in color and 3-D, the American theatrical prints are in black and white and "flat". See more »


Cavalleria rusticana
Music by Pietro Mascagni
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