• Air
  • Paternal Rites
  • Sidney & Friends
  • Duck Butter
  • My Brother's Husband
  • My Big Gay Italian Wedding
  • Liam
  • Oasis
  • Youngstown Metropolitan
  • Skin So Soft (A)
  • Bi China
  • Becoming Bond
  • Spravedlnost
  • Cuky Luky Film
  • Jonny's Sweet Revenge
  • Jupiter's Moon
  • Royal Exchange (The)
  • Perfect Strangers
  • O Outro Lado do Paraíso
  • Checkmate
  • To a More Perfect Union: U.S. v Windsor
  • Pinsky
  • I Am They
  • Tranny Fag
  • Mario
  • Malila: The Farewell Flower
  • Uncle David 2
  • My Own Private Hell
  • Cherry Grove Stories
  • M/M
  • Ice King (The)
  • Collateral
  • Trauma
  • Chi (The)
  • Voices of the Silenced
  • Marriage (The)
  • Who Will Save The Roses?
  • Mi Mejor Amigo
  • McMafia
  • Transformation Street


Italy, Italian, 140 mins

Original Title

  • Director: Luchino Visconti
  • Writer: James M. Cain; Luchino Visconti
  • Producer: Libero Solaroli

CGiii Comment

The first example of Italian neo-realism...by the Count of Lonate Pozzolo.

Themes of infidelity, promiscuity, homosexuality, murder...poverty and greed...

Considering when this was made, where this was made...during the war, in deeply religious Italy...by a wealthy, gay aristocrat...no wonder the fascists tried to destroy it.

Marlon Brando has been [wrongly] credited with the birth of realism, not everything has to be born in America - the Italians were doing it years before...

The homosexuality is slight but hugely significant in its depiction...as far removed from the 'sissy' of Hollywood...

A massively important film and a remarkable debut from Visconti.


The(ir) Blurb...

Gino, a young and handsome tramp, stops in a small roadside inn run by Giovanna. She is unsatisfied with her older husband Bragana : she only married him for money. Gino and Giovanna fall in love. But Bragana is inhibiting for their passion, and Giovanna refuses to run away with Gino.

Cast & Characters

Clara Calamai as Giovanna Bragana;
Massimo Girotti as Gino Costa;
Dhia Cristiani as Anita;
Elio Marcuzzo as Lo spagnolo;
Vittorio Duse as L'agente di polizia;
Michele Riccardini as Don Remigio;
Juan de Landa as Giuseppe Bragana;
Michele Sakara as Il bambino

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