Director: Luchino Visconti
Story: James M. Cain
Screenplay: Luchino Visconti, Mario Alicata, Giuseppe De Santis, Gianni Puccini
Cinematographer: Domenico Scala, Aldo Tonti
Music: Giuseppe Rosati
Cast: Clara Calamai, Massimo Girotti, Dhia Cristiani
1943 / Italy / B&W / 135min / 35mm
In Italian with English subtitles
Visconti originally wanted to adapt the novel by Giovanni Verga, but was rejected for censorship reason. He turned to James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice. A drifter started an affair with a saloon’s mistress; two of them orchestrated a traffic accident to murder the woman’s husband, but that was the beginning of a nightmare. Visconti changed the setting of this story to life along the Po River. Its use of long takes and location was seen as a pioneer work in Neo-realism. At its premiere, the film was quickly banned by the Fascist regime for it portrayed an Italy so different from what the government had envisioned.
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