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It Happened in '43 (1960)

La lunga notte del '43 (original title)
In the midst of World War II, the story of the affair of a young woman, married to a man bound to a wheelchair, with a desertor from the Italian army, intertwines with that of the grab of ... See full summary »

Director:

Florestano Vancini

Writers:

Giorgio Bassani (novel), Florestano Vancini (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Belinda Lee ... Anna Barilari
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Mario Villani
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Pino Barilari
Andrea Checchi ... Il farmacista
Nerio Bernardi Nerio Bernardi ... Avvocato Attilio Villani
Isa Querio Isa Querio ... Signora Villani
Raffaella Carrà ... Ines - sorella di Mario (as Raffaella Pelloni)
Loris Bazzocchi Loris Bazzocchi ... Vincent
Carlo Di Maggio Carlo Di Maggio ... Console Bolognesi
Alice Clements Alice Clements ... Blanche Villani - moglie di Mario
Silla Bettini Silla Bettini
Romano Ghini Romano Ghini
Mario Bellini Mario Bellini
Gabriele Toth Gabriele Toth
Franco Cobianchi Franco Cobianchi
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Storyline

In the midst of World War II, the story of the affair of a young woman, married to a man bound to a wheelchair, with a desertor from the Italian army, intertwines with that of the grab of power of a very fanatical local fascist leader, who gets the hold with a massacre of Pacific opposers, among them, the father of the young desertor. Oppresive fog covers both dramas, as a reminder of how values such as courage, love and truth are fading. Written by Francisco Báez <fbaez@cronica.com.mx>

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | French

Release Date:

1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

It Happened in '43 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

A poster of Vittorio De Sica's The Children Are Watching Us can be seen. The movie was released in Italy only in 1944. See more »

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References The Children Are Watching Us (1944) See more »

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"It Happened in '43" (1960) - directed by F. Vancini.
4 July 2012 | by jdeurekaSee all my reviews

A remarkable film: emotional and austere, dark and shattering, quick, packed with absolute silence along with peoples' busy chatter. Ordinary, beautiful, & awful. It is profoundly atmospheric & deliciously gets under the viewer's skin: the dark winter, fog, cold, hiding, people in corners, against walls, stuck in rooms, against windows, under shadowy arcades, a night that seems like day and a day that's never fully lit. And yet the story is straightforward, not forced,nor intellectually pretentious. "A" goes to "b" goes to "c" with knife-edge clarity. At the center of the plot is a kind of Romeo-Juliet love story. Beautifully complemented by the film's last few minutes -- a shot to the present of 1960 -- which makes that past of 1943 all the more fascinating and horrible. Simultaneously remote and intimate; inescapable. A work of genuine cinematic substance & recognized as such in Europe: where it won "Lion d'or" and for which a young Pier Paolo Pasolini worked on the script. Plus it's profoundly Italian: aware of the crimes, the sins of the recent war, the inescapable pressures and violence of politics and class. And aware that people can only do so much. There is no escape. Everyone is at the mercy of larger forces. Why do people need to see zombie films when there is story, there is history, like this of such exquisite and unforgettable, unforgivable cruelty? This is a film to preserve, remember, study, and, perhaps, even learn from.


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