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The Skin (1981)

La pelle (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 25 November 1981 (France)
After the Allies liberate Naples in 1943, the life for the locals is not much easier, especially for women. Many sacrifice their dignity and morale to survive.

Director:

Liliana Cavani

Writers:

Curzio Malaparte (novel), Robert Katz (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Curzio Malaparte
Ken Marshall ... Jimmy Wren
Alexandra King Alexandra King ... Deborah Wyatt
Carlo Giuffrè ... Eduardo Mazzullo
Yann Babilée Yann Babilée ... Jean-Louis
Jeanne Valérie ... Principessa a Capri
Liliana Tari Liliana Tari ... Maria Concetta
Peppe Barra Peppe Barra ... Sarto (as Giuseppe Barra)
Cristina Donadio ... Amica di Anna
Rosaria della Femmina Rosaria della Femmina ... Amante di Jimmy (as Maria Rosaria Della Femmina)
Jacques Sernas ... Gen Guillaume
Claudia Cardinale ... Principessa Consuelo Caracciolo
Burt Lancaster ... Gen. Mark Clark
Gianni Abbate Gianni Abbate
Anna Maria Ackermann Anna Maria Ackermann
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Storyline

In 1943, as the Italian Captain, Curzio Malaparte, shakes hands with the U.S. Army General, Mark Clark, the war is practically over for battle-scarred Naples. However, the long-awaited peace is yet to come. Among the devastating war's many casualties, once more, the innocents are the biggest victims, as the impoverished mothers and daughters are forced into prostitution, having no other means of survival. Against the backdrop of the mighty Mount Vesuvius, three disparate women--the virginal, Maria Concetta; Capri's aristocratic princess, Consuelo Caracciolo, and the idealistic U.S. Air Force pilot, Deborah Wyatt--find themselves trapped in an unbearable hell on earth. Is our delicate skin the only barrier between the immortal soul and the evils of the world? Written by Nick Riganas

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 November 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Haut See more »

Filming Locations:

Cinecitta, Rome, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 76985 delivered on 23-9-1981. See more »

Goofs

At approximately 19 mn into the movie and again at approximately 1h18 mn, Goldberg, the roommate of Jimmy Wren (Ken Marshall), is seen reading an issue of the comic book "Batman". However the cover is clearly shown and is in fact that of issue N°257, published in August 1974, ie 31 years after the events of the movie. See more »

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Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Il Canto delle Lavandaie
written by Roberto De Simone
recorded on "La Gatta Cenerentola"
published by La voce del padrone; EMI Italiana
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Was on the set while filming....
24 October 2006 | by mikesc99See all my reviews

My father was in this film as the "Veterinarian" and therefore I was able to be on the set for a couple of the scene's being filmed. This was a great experience and being up close to the filming, the director and the cast was really a fantastic opportunity and then to see the film when it was released in an Italian movie theater as a finished product was a real treat.

Over the years I have had contact with a few of the American's that were cast for "La Pele" (most of them as extra's). Many of the American's were from the NATO base in Naples, Italy and were friends with or knew my father.

This may not have been the greatest war film ever made but the experience that I had was great and will always be remembered.

Mike Cohen / mikesc99@hotmail.com


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