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La viaccia (1961)

The original Italian is La Viaccia (the name of the family farm which motivates the plot). The death of a wealthy patriarch in 1885 sets off an interfamily power struggle. Son Ferdinando ... See full summary »

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Mauro Bolognini
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Amerigo (as Jean Paul Belmondo)
Claudia Cardinale ... Bianca
Pietro Germi ... Stefano
Romolo Valli ... Dante
Gabriella Pallotta ... Carmelinda
Gina Sammarco Gina Sammarco ... Maîtresse
Marcella Valeri Marcella Valeri ... Beppa
Emma Baron ... Giovanna
Claudio Biava Claudio Biava ... Arlecchino
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci ... Tognaccio
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... Young man
Paola Pitagora ... Anna
Gianna Giachetti Gianna Giachetti ... Boarder at brothel
Rosita di Vera Cruz Rosita di Vera Cruz ... Margherita
Olimpia Cavalli Olimpia Cavalli ... Boarder
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Storyline

The original Italian is La Viaccia (the name of the family farm which motivates the plot). The death of a wealthy patriarch in 1885 sets off an interfamily power struggle. Son Ferdinando buys out his other relatives in order to gain full control over the dead man's property. But Ferdinando's nephew Amerigo holds out. Amerigo's stance is weakened when he heads for Florence and meets prostitute Bianca.

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A woman's touch becomes a man's obsession.

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Drama

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

13 June 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lovemakers See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Rhapsody for saxophone and orchestra
Written by Claude Debussy
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The wrong track
9 February 2010 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

I do not know Mario Pratesi's novel but it reminds me of Emile Zola's work,particularly "La Terre " and "Nana".Shot in perfect black and white ,with very beautiful pictures ,it depicts the fall of a young man (Jean-Paul Belmondo,probably dubbed,for I did not recognize his voice) and the peasants' sundown (the last sequence is one of the saddest and one of the most overwhelming in the Italian cinema ).Evil seems to dwell in town even if the prostitute (well portrayed by Claudia Cardinale)is not exactly evil ,she makes love but she cannot feel or give it.Several scenes predates some other works by Bolognini ,notably "la Corruzione" (a seminarian seduced by his father's mistress) or "L'Eredita Bolito" ( the long time lover eager for her partner's dough).A black melodrama.


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