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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 »

Director:

Robert Rossen
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Credited cast:
Silvana Mangano ... Giovanna Masetti
Michael Rennie ... Il conte Enrico Marisoni
Vittorio Gassman ... Mario Rossi
Shelley Winters ... Toni Salerno
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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The Most Violent Dramatic Story Ever Set to Music! See more »

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Drama

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A daring casting, considering the time
28 February 2006 | by don-gilliamSee all my reviews

I saw this film in 1954 in Philadelphia. Was most elated to see the Katherine Dunham Company, the most famous dance company in the world at that time. Am curious as to why the U.S.A. (English) version is only 97 minutes and the Italian version is 110 minutes. What was cut from the film? I suspect it was Katherine Dunham's company performing with a mixed race company, still taboo at that time. Also not listed in the cast is Raimonda Orselli, a ballerina from the Rome Opera Ballet who joined the Katherine Dunham Company for this film. Regarding the title, it was definitely not about Mambo, which was the big dance craze in the U.S.A. at that time. Was probably titled "Mambo" to sell it. It was definitely a melodrama. Different, particularly in the casting, worthy of a study in the annals of film-making.


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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1954 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

マンボ See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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