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Vanina Vanini (1961)

Vanina Vanini, a bored, spoiled Roman countess, falls in love with a dedicated young patriot who is in Rome to assassinate a traitor to the brotherhood of the Free Masons.


Roberto Rossellini


Stendhal (short story: Chronique italienne), Franco Solinas (adaptation) | 6 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Milo ... Vanina Vanini
Laurent Terzieff ... Pietro Missirilli
Martine Carol ... Contessa Vitelleschi
Isabelle Corey ... Clelia
Nerio Bernardi ... Cardinale Savelli
Claudio Biava Claudio Biava ... Rapitore del giovane prete
Leonardo Botta Leonardo Botta ... Giovane confessore
Olimpia Cavalli Olimpia Cavalli ... Cameriera della locanda
Nando Cicero Nando Cicero ... Saverio Pontini (as Fernando Cicero)
Carlo Gazzabini Carlo Gazzabini ... Ciovanni
Enrico Glori ... Monsignor Benini
Jean Gruault Jean Gruault ... Uomo dalla voce bianca
Evar Maran Evar Maran ... Carbonaro nell'osteria (as Evaristo Maran)
Antonio Pierfederici Antonio Pierfederici ... Livio Savelli
Leonardo Severini Leonardo Severini ... Curato sulla diligenza


Vanina Vanini, a bored, spoiled Roman countess, falls in love with a dedicated young patriot who is in Rome to assassinate a traitor to the brotherhood of the Free Masons.

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On August 3rd 1980,the fullest surviving copy of the film, Rossellini,s work print which had been stored at a depot in Pontel, France in the care of the French Cinematheque, was destroyed in a fire. See more »


Referenced in Contempt (1963) See more »

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One of Rossellini's last for the big screen
18 February 2006 | by tentenderSee all my reviews

A fascinating prelude to Rossellini's series of historical films made for television, Vanina Vanini suffers a bit from the desire to showcase star Sandra Milo (wife of the producer) -- not a very interesting actress -- but its attention to historical detail is extremely interesting. See, for example, the scene in which prisoners are forged into their chains -- astonishing and vivid. Laurent Terzieff is excellent (and looks terrific), as is (and does) Martine Carol. I saw this film at the Cinematheque Francaise in a decent print. It was preceded and followed by talks by an uncredited co-scenarist, Jean Gruault, who revealed that, to highlight Milo, the producer insisted on cutting three reels (about a half hour's running time), most of it focusing on Carol's character. The producer destroyed the negative, but a few years later a print was found of all the missing material. In a dismal twist of fate, a fire in the suburban Paris warehouse where it was stored destroyed -- definitively -- the last remnants of this missing material. Pity, as the film is a little hard to follow as it stands and, according to Gruault, the lost material provided much of the motivation that is lacking.

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Release Date:

12 October 1961 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Betrayer See more »

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Production Co:

Zebra Films, Orsay Films See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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