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Sandra (1965)

Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa... (original title)
Sandra returns to her childhood village to take care of family business, but her childhood memories and secrets soon overcome her.

Director:

Luchino Visconti

Writers:

Suso Cecchi D'Amico (story and screenplay), Enrico Medioli (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudia Cardinale ... Sandra Dawdson
Jean Sorel ... Gianni Wald-Luzzati
Michael Craig ... Andrew Dawdson
Renzo Ricci ... Antonio Gilardini
Fred Williams ... Pietro Formari
Amalia Troiani Amalia Troiani ... Fosca, la domestica
Marie Bell ... Corinna Gilardini, madre di Sandra e Gianni
Vittorio Manfrino Vittorio Manfrino
Giovanni Rovini Giovanni Rovini
Renato Moretti Renato Moretti
Paola Piscini Paola Piscini
Isacco Politi Isacco Politi
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Storyline

Sandra comes back to Volterra, in Tuscany, the little town where she spent her childhood. She is with her American husband, Andrew. She wishes to pay homage to her father who died in Auschwitz where she was still a little child. In Volterra, Andrew meets for the first time Gianni, Sandra's brother. He soon realizes that Sandra and Gianni have a secret since their childhood. Written by Yepok

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SANDRA is EXCITEMENT! What SANDRA does is ASTONISHING! (original USA print ad-USA) See more »

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Drama | Mystery | War

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Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | Hebrew | French | English

Release Date:

16 January 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sandra of a Thousand Delights See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Vides Cinematografica See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

One of the first films in which Claudia Cardinale (who was born In Tunisia and whose first language was French) dubbed herself in Italian. See more »

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Prelude, chorale and fugue
Written by César Franck
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Strange, made no sense, but for some reason, I liked it
14 December 2003 | by inozSee all my reviews

This movie made very little sense to me. First of all, the subtitles (I'm not a fluent Italian) were written in white text over a frequently white background. The actors were very good, especially Claudia Cardinale as Sandra. The storyline itself, however, was a bit odd.

First of all, Sandra and Gianni had some strange preoccupation with being nearly naked. That didn't bother me, though. What bothered me was the fact that the storyline started at one point and never progressed. At the end of the movie, I knew little more than I did at the beginning. For example, what exactly happened with Sandra's parents and Giraldini and Pietro? Nothing was explained.

However, the movie was strangely captivating. I wanted to get up screaming 'WHAT'S GOING ON???' (and at some point, I probably did) but I never fund myself trying to escape the room. I kept wanting to know what was going on... I never did.

Although this comment may seem confusing, I would still recommend this movie. It's good for anyone who wants to know what Italian cinema is all about. Nearly all old Italian movies I've seen are the same.

They don't end. They just stop. 'Sandra' follows this standard.


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