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It Happened in '43 (1960)

La lunga notte del '43 (original title)
In the midst of World War II, the story of the affair of a young woman, married to a man bound to a wheelchair, with a desertor from the Italian army, intertwines with that of the grab of ... See full summary »

Director:

Florestano Vancini

Writers:

Giorgio Bassani (novel), Florestano Vancini (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Belinda Lee ... Anna Barilari
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Franco Villani
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Pino Barilari
Andrea Checchi ... Il farmacista
Nerio Bernardi ... Avvocato Attilio Villani
Isa Querio Isa Querio ... Signora Villani
Raffaella Carrà ... Ines, sorella di Franco (as Raffaella Pelloni)
Loris Bazzocchi Loris Bazzocchi ... Vincent
Carlo Di Maggio Carlo Di Maggio ... Console Bolognesi
Alice Clements Alice Clements ... Blanche Villani, moglie di Franco
Silla Bettini Silla Bettini
Romano Ghini Romano Ghini
Mario Bellini Mario Bellini
Gabriele Toth Gabriele Toth
Franco Cobianchi Franco Cobianchi
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In the midst of World War II, the story of the affair of a young woman, married to a man bound to a wheelchair, with a desertor from the Italian army, intertwines with that of the grab of power of a very fanatical local fascist leader, who gets the hold with a massacre of Pacific opposers, among them, the father of the young desertor. Oppresive fog covers both dramas, as a reminder of how values such as courage, love and truth are fading. Written by Francisco Báez <fbaez@cronica.com.mx>

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | French

Release Date:

1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

It Happened in '43 See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

A poster of Vittorio De Sica's The Children Are Watching Us can be seen. The movie was released in Italy only in 1944. See more »

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References I Do Not Move (1943) See more »

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One of the most underrated movies in Cinema history
13 December 2006 | by didi-45See all my reviews

One of the best film of Italian movie history since its foundation and therefore one of the best movies ever made. Astonishig debut by movie director Florestano Vancini, who was unfortunately never able to go even near this gifted artwork for the rest of his career. Working on a powerful story by Italian novelist Giorgio Bassani (The Garden of The Finzi-Continis, The Golden Glasses). For the impressive effort of the cast, all of them taking their respective role characters to epic proportion (while being extremely real and human), and for the black and white photography of night and day war-time Ferrara which reminds sometimes the Vienna of the Third Man by Carol Reed, it is much superior to Rossellini's Open City and General Della Rovere. It is certainly not strange but still remarkable that the terrible WWII Italian experience has inspired such cogent insight of the human condition. For its immediate impact the movie can be compared to "Two Women", for its complexity it is certainly superior. To be listed among the hall of world's masterpieces.


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