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Mambo (1954)

Not Rated | | Drama | 18 September 1954 (Italy)
Silvana Mangano (a very lovely & sexy voiced actress) plays a young, poor Venetian woman, Giovanna Masetti. She is struggling with an difficult life as a shop assistant when one day a young... See full summary »

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Robert Rossen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Silvana Mangano ... Giovanna Masetti
Michael Rennie ... Enrico Marisoni
Vittorio Gassman ... Mario Rossi
Shelley Winters ... Toni Salerno
Katherine Dunham Katherine Dunham ... Katherine Dunham
Mary Clare ... La contessa Luisa Marisoni
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Il padre di Giovanna (as Edoardo Cianelli)
Julie Robinson Julie Robinson ... Marisa, la ballerina amica di Giovanna
Walter Zappolini Walter Zappolini ... Un ballerino
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Xiomara Alfaro ... Singer
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Silvana Mangano (a very lovely & sexy voiced actress) plays a young, poor Venetian woman, Giovanna Masetti. She is struggling with an difficult life as a shop assistant when one day a young count Enrico sees her in the glass shop where she works. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1954 (Italy) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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fantastically engaging
22 May 2006 | by adeSee all my reviews

I've always loved watching Italian films and this one was fantastic! Unlike Riso amaro (1949) which starred Silvana Mangano and Vittorio Gassman, I really found Giovanna very relatable and loved her melancholic personality - she acts with so much believability and you can really sense her disenchantment and sadness in her face and her voice (or rather, the dubbed voice). Vittorio Gassman is fantastic as usual, playing the villain we all love to hate and I found myself so absorbed in the story that I felt like yelling at Giovanna for being so silly as to give up dancing for scum like him! Enrico and Toni are brilliant as supporting cast as well and Rossen manages paint Venice to be such a gloomy place that we really see Venice as Giovanna sees it - a place of dread that she wishes to escape from for a better life.


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