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The Wayward Wife (1953)

La provinciale (original title)
Gemma, daughter of a lodger, is in love with her half-brother, but since she cannot marry him she ends up marrying a teacher. She doesn't love him and betrays him but is blackmailed by a ... See full summary »

Director:

Mario Soldati

Writers:

Alberto Moravia (novel), Giorgio Bassani (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gina Lollobrigida ... Gemma Vagnuzzi
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Il professore Franco Vagnuzzi
Franco Interlenghi ... Paolo Sartori
Nanda Primavera Nanda Primavera ... La signora Foresi, madre di Gemma
Marilyn Buferd ... Anna Sartori (as Marylin Buferd)
Barbara Berg Barbara Berg ... Vannina
Alda Mangini Alda Mangini ... Elvira Coceanu
Renato Baldini ... Luciano Vittoni - L'amante di Gemma
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Storyline

Gemma, daughter of a lodger, is in love with her half-brother, but since she cannot marry him she ends up marrying a teacher. She doesn't love him and betrays him but is blackmailed by a Romanian countess who forces her to become a prostitute. She's desperate but in the end she asks her husband for help. She has learned to love him in the meantime. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Now she's the wife they called "ADULTERESS" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

19 March 1954 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wayward Wife See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Stars in the making.
6 November 2019 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

This is a measured version, some might say 'too measured', of the novel by Alberto Moravia. It certainly takes a while to get going but once the characters are established it gathers momentum and keeps one gripped until the end. Technically the film is superb. The composition and framing is exemplary as one would expect with Mario Soldati as director and both G.R. Aldo and Domenico Scala behind the camera. The film is topped and tailed by the sounds of a piano played by a neighbour but the film is otherwise without music which is most effective. The characters are finely drawn. Elvira is a monster and is played with relish by Alda Mangini. Both Gina Lollobrigida and Gabriele Ferzetti were beginning to make their mark. She won the Golden Goblet for her portayal of Gemma and he the Silver Ribbon as Franco. The best roles were still to come for Ferzetti of course but whether the same applies to La Lollo is a moot point. A satisfying film that bears revisiting.


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