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Angels of Darkness (1954)

Donne proibite (original title)
Tamara, a Roman prostitute, tries to kill herself throwing herself out of the window of the licensed brothel she works in. While she is being taken to hospital the other girls learn that, ... See full summary »

Director:

Giuseppe Amato
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Darnell ... Lola Baldi
Valentina Cortese ... Vally
Lea Padovani ... Franca
Giulietta Masina ... Rosita
Lilla Brignone Lilla Brignone ... Tamara
Carlo Dapporto Carlo Dapporto ... Vittorio
Anthony Quinn ... Francesco Caserto
Alberto Farnese Alberto Farnese ... The Sportsman
Alberto Talegalli Alberto Talegalli ... A relative of Francesco's
Checco Durante Checco Durante ... Another relative of Francesco's
Roberto Risso Roberto Risso ... Bruno
Lola Braccini Lola Braccini ... Signora Capello
Maria Pia Casilio Maria Pia Casilio ... The Young Girl
Rossella Falk ... Morena
Tino Buazzelli Tino Buazzelli
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Tamara, a Roman prostitute, tries to kill herself throwing herself out of the window of the licensed brothel she works in. While she is being taken to hospital the other girls learn that, following the implementing provisions of the Merlin bill, their house is to be closed. Wally, Franca and Lola find shelter in the beautiful apartment of a generous former colleague, Rosita. Wally tries to get married, Tamara goes through a religious crisis while Franca finds an honest job in order to support her young daughter and herself. As for Lola, she considers going back to her parents' home but won't she give offense to her sister, who is about to be wedded? Written by Guy Bellinger

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prostitute | based on novel | See All (2) »

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Love Was Their Trade! See more »

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Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angels of Darkness See more »

Company Credits

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Amato Film See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Italian censorship visa #15653 dated 28 December 1953. See more »

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Fascinating obscurity.
14 March 2018 | by Gerald A. DeLucaSee all my reviews

I've had the opportunity to watch this film in both its Italian version and English-dubbed release version. There are some great women in the cast, including Linda Darnell, Valentina Cortese, Lea Padovani, and Giulietta Masina before she appeared with Quinn in "La Strada." This obscure little rarity is a noirish character study about three dispossessed prostitutes evicted from a bordello and about a sucker (Anthony Quinn) who wants to run off to Venezuela with one of them. Giulietta Masina became friendly with Quinn during the filming, introduced him to her husband Federico Fellini, and got him the role of Zampanò in "La Strada." Unlike "La Strada," where Quinn was dubbed in Italian for the home version, here he spoke his own Italian, probably coached by Valentina Cortese and Masina. Although the reviews were not overly kind to this picture, it is worth seeing because of its atmosphere, its extraordinary cast, and its rarity.


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