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The Seducer-Man of Straw (1958)

L'uomo di paglia (original title)
Andrea Zaccardi has returned home from hunting. He and his wife Luisa are very close. Their young son Giulio develops a cough. The doctor recommends the seaside. Luisa leaves with Giulio ... See full summary »

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Pietro Germi

Writers:

Pietro Germi (story), Alfredo Giannetti (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pietro Germi ... Andrea
Luisa Della Noce Luisa Della Noce ... Luisa
Franca Bettoia ... Rita (as Franca Bettoja)
Saro Urzì ... Beppe
Edoardo Nevola Edoardo Nevola ... Giulio
Milly Milly ... Herself (as Milly Monti)
Romolo Giordani Romolo Giordani ... Caporetto
Luciano Marin Luciano Marin ... Gino
Andrea Fantacci Andrea Fantacci
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Storyline

Andrea Zaccardi has returned home from hunting. He and his wife Luisa are very close. Their young son Giulio develops a cough. The doctor recommends the seaside. Luisa leaves with Giulio for several weeks. Andrea stays to work at the metal shop... While visiting his family, Andrea notices a young woman on the beach with her soldier boyfriend. The weekend over, the girl is on the bus home. Rita recognizes Andrea from the neighbourhood. They talk, walk home, say good night... Rita's brother Gino is trying for a job at the metal shop. Andrea helps him make the grade. Rita comes home to find Gino's new mentor there... Andrea apologizes. Rita tells him she is now engaged. Andrea spends a restless weekend with Luisa... Rita is working late at the office. Andrea appears. They kiss... Written by David Carless

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

31 October 1958 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

O Homem de Palha See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Nothing hollow about this.
4 November 2019 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

Although I have never been entirely convinced by Pietro Germi as an actor there is no doubting his sympathic portrayal here of a married man who has to bear the tragic consequences of an extra-marital affair. He is a first class director of course and has given us a truly tender and heart rending film. The title is taken fom T.S. Eliot's poem 'We are the hollow men.....headpiece filled with straw.' He has gone down the tried and trusted route by using the same team in front of and behind the camera as he had in his previous film 'Man of Iron'. The excellent Luisa della Noce again plays his wife, Edoardo Nevola his son and Saro Urzi is the faithful friend. The last named would go on to win Best Actor at Cannes for his tremendous performance as the father in the same director's 'Seduced and Abandoned'. Leonida Barboni again contributes wonderfully atmospheric cinematography and Carlo Rustichelli a very touching score. The new addition is Franca Bottaia who gives a sensitive and haunting portayal as 'the other woman'. Germi certainly had a knack with actors. One wonders however why both della Noce and Bottaia were 'dubbed'. Surely their own voices were not that dreadful?! One of the mysteries of Italian post-production! The film ends with a wonderfully framed family'reconciliation' but of course things can never be quite the same again.


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