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Maddalena (1971)

Maddalena is a young, sensuous girl who tries desperately to seduce a tormented priest.


Jerzy Kawalerowicz




Credited cast:
Lisa Gastoni ... Maddalena
Eric Woofe Eric Woofe ... Priest
Ivo Garrani ... Husband
Nando Gazzolo Nando Gazzolo
Umberto Orsini
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paolo Bonacelli
Ernesto Colli Ernesto Colli
Ermelinda De Felice Ermelinda De Felice
Vera Drudi Vera Drudi
Pietro Fumelli Pietro Fumelli
Paolo Gozlino Paolo Gozlino
Ezio Marano Ezio Marano
Brizio Montinaro Brizio Montinaro
Barbara Pilavin
Rosita Torosh


A woman is desperate to find real love in a steady and secure relationship. A priest is doubting his ability to cope with celibacy. When she decides the priest is the man she wants, erotic tension and self-questioning about true Faith fill up the air. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Drama | Romance


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This film is best known for having the first appearance of the songs "Come Maddalena" and "Chi Mai" by Ennio Morricone. Both songs were re-recorded and released as the single "Disco 78" in 1977. Chi Mai was later used in the film The Professional (1981) and the TV series The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (1981). See more »


Referenced in The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013) See more »

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Great Soundtrack
23 August 2004 | by ian_powellSee all my reviews

It would be interesting to know more about this obscure film, purely on the basis that it yielded two of Ennio Morricone's most beautiful and famous themes "Comme Maddelena" (Like Maddelena) and Chi Mai (Later re-used in "The Professional" and on UK TV) Comme Maddelena is just incredible, especially in the original version, with long drum riff intro (Rather than the 1978 disco version)It would be interesting to know what emotions, in terms of the film's story provoked these themes) As is so often the case Morricone has provided amazing music for films that completely disappear from view (another case would be La Califfa, from the same year)

These movies are probably worth re-releasing on DVD just on the strengths of their soundtracks alone

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Release Date:

22 November 1973 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Madalena a Pecadora See more »

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Bosna Film, Unitas See more »
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