La viaccia

1961 [ITALIAN]


IMDb Rating 6.9 10 516

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Reviewed by dbdumonteil 7 / 10

The wrong track

I do not know Mario Pratesi's novel but it reminds me of Emile Zola's work,particularly "La Terre " and "Nana".Shot in perfect black and white ,with very beautiful pictures ,it depicts the fall of a young man (Jean-Paul Belmondo,probably dubbed,for I did not recognize his voice) and the peasants' sundown (the last sequence is one of the saddest and one of the most overwhelming in the Italian cinema ).Evil seems to dwell in town even if the prostitute (well portrayed by Claudia Cardinale)is not exactly evil ,she makes love but she cannot feel or give it.Several scenes predates some other works by Bolognini ,notably "la Corruzione" (a seminarian seduced by his father's mistress) or "L'Eredita Bolito" ( the long time lover eager for her partner's dough).A black melodrama.

Reviewed by brogmiller 8 / 10

Exercise in style?

This is a slow-paced but mesmerising film by Mauro Bolognini from a particularly rich phase of his output. Plenty of 'dubbing' going on here including the voice of Claudia Cardinale in this her second of three collaborations with this director. She was 'dubbed' for years as her voice was considered too 'coarse'. Filmgoers were not to hear her real voice until 'Il Gattopardo' and 'Otto e mezzo' in 1963. Belmondo, also 'dubbed', makes the most of a thankless part. The supporting cast is strong. Paul Frankeur is 'dubbed' as one would expect. Pietro Germi, never better, is 'dubbed' as well which one would not expect. The cinematography by Leonida Barboni is fabulous and Piero Tosi won the Silver Ribbon for his superb attention to period detail as production designer. There is also an effective use of part of Debussy's Rhapsody for Saxaphone and Orchestra. A rather curious sub-plot with Romolo Valli involving anarchists that seems to go nowhere and the inconsistences of Bianca's behaviour would indicate a change of original script. Some critics dismissed this film as an 'exercise in style' but stylishness has always been one of Bolognini's strengths and his mastery of the visual makes this piece eminently watchable even if not one of his best.

Reviewed by morrison-dylan-fan 8 / 10

Making love.

With Easter coming up,I decided to sort out a handful of rare titles on DVD for a friend as a present.Getting set to start searching round online,I suddenly spotted that I had layer in the corner of a DVD shelf 2 DVDs of the same film!,which led to me deciding that it was time to see meet the lovemakers.

The plot:

Watching their dad/husband take his final breath,a feud breaks out in the family to get hold of the old man's riches & land.Attempting to get hold of the land, Ferdinando finds his nephew Amerigo being unwilling to give him his share of the land. Loyally working at his uncle's shop,Amerigo decides to visit a brothel.Being introduced to "Bianca",Amerigo soon finds that he will have to use every possible family resource,in order for him to meet Bianca again.

View on the film:

Entering the movie looking rather dashing, Jean-Paul Belmondo gives an excellent performance as Amerigo.Initially appearing to be an innocent pretty boy,Belmondo brilliantly files away at Amerigo's sweet charms by showing Amerigo to grow obsessed with wrapping himself around Bianca,which transforms Amerigo into a Film Noir loner,who is brittle towards anyone who gets in the way of his desire.Being the person of Amerigo's obsessions,the beautiful Claudia Cardinale gives a superb,complex performance as Bianca.Keeping away from simply making Bianca cold, Cardinale instead subtly shows a detachment towards Amerigo,with the emotional investment that Amerigo puts into the relationship,being which Bianca does not allow herself to pay off.

Despite the DVD player trying to stop the viewing from taking place via showing "No disc in player" half a dozen times,director Mauro Bolognini's haunting atmosphere was able to burst out & shine.Taking the brothel out on to the streets,Bolognini and cinematography Leonida Barboni decide to focus on the psychological nakedness rather than the physical, (which sadly means no naked scenes of Cardinale!)by transforming the building into a Film Noir wasteland,thanks to Bolognini using a gritty deep focus to show Amerigo sink into an obsession for Bianca. Pilling the pressure on Amerigo,Bolognini gives the outdoor scenes a stark minimalist presentation,which brilliantly reveal the dark emptiness surrounding Amerigo's life away from the brothel.

Adapting Mario Pratesi's book L'eredità,the screenplay by Vasco Pratolini/Pasquale Festa Campanile & Massimo Franciosa perfectly mixes family melodrama with a Film Noir painted Neo-Realist edge,which cuts deep into the title,as Amerigo finds that he must take every route possible in order to keep his affections for Bianca going.Showing the ladies of the brothel to be strong,straight- talking girls,the writers seep Film Noir aspects into Amerigo by brilliantly making him wanting to "save" someone who does not want to be saved by him,as Amerigo finds himself falling in love for the love makers.

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