Tag Archives: Alida Valli
The Third Man (1949) Carol Reed, Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
An out of work pulp fiction novelist, Holly Martins, arrives in a post war Vienna divided into sectors by the victorious allies, and where a shortage of supplies has lead to a flourishing black market. He arrives at the invitation of an ex-school friend, Harry Lime, who has offered him a job, only to discover that Lime has recently died in a peculiar traffic accident. From talking to Lime’s friends and associates Martins soon notices that some of the stories are inconsistent, and determines to discover what really happened to Harry Lime.
Walk Softly, Stranger (1950) Robert Stevenson, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Spring Byington, Crime, Film-Noir, Drama
A charming, smooth-talking gambler calling himself Chris Hale arrives in Ashton, home of the Corelli shoe factory. Claiming to have lived there as a boy, he soon ingratiates himself with the townspeople… including attractive heiress Elaine Corelli, wheelchair-bound since a recent accident. Chris, hoping to leave crime behind, seems to have excellent prospects; but of course, his past catches up with him…
Les yeux sans visage / Eyes Without a Face (1960) Georges Franju, Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel, Drama, Horror
After causing an accident that left his daughter Christiane severely disfigured, the brilliant surgeon Dr. Génessier works tirelessly to give the girl a new face. He does so however by kidnapping young women and attempting face transplants. He has been woefully unsuccessful to date. The doctor’s world begins to collapse around him when his daughter realizes just what he has been doing.
Oedipus Rex / Edipo re (1967) Pier Paolo Pasolini, Silvana Mangano, Franco Citti, Alida Valli, Art-house, Drama
In pre-war Italy, a young couple have a baby boy. The father, however, is jealous of his son – and the scene moves to antiquity, where the baby is taken into the desert to be killed. He is rescued, given the name Edipo (Oedipus), and brought up by the King and Queen of Corinth as their son. One day an oracle informs Edipo that he is destined to kill his father and marry his mother. Horrified, he flees Corinth and his supposed parents – only to get into a fight and kill an older man on the road…
Le jupon rouge / Manuela’s Loves (1987) Geneviève Lefebvre, Marie-Christine Barrault, Alida Valli, Guillemette Grobon, Drama
Eye in the Labyrinth / L’occhio nel labirinto (1972) Mario Caiano, Rosemary Dexter, Adolfo Celi, Alida Valli, Mystery, Thriller
A woman searches for her missing lover, a psychiatrist who has suddenly vanished for no apparent reason. She ends up at a villa populated by a group of eccentric individuals. A string of murders commence immediately.
Signé: Arsène Lupin / Signed, Arsene Lupin (1959) Yves Robert, Robert Lamoureux, Alida Valli, Jacques Dufilho, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
1919: le lieutenant André Laroche est en convalescence pour une blessure qu’il a essuyée alors qu’il était aviateur pendant la guerre mondiale. A l’hôpital, il fit la connaissance de la belle Aurélia Valéano, une roumaine, et entre les deux une sympathie naît. Puisqu’il estime d’être guéri, André s’en va et La Ballu arrive à le convaincre à reprendre son ancienne profession. Laroche, en effet, est le célèbre Arsène Lupin. Mais Lupin est utilisé par La Ballu et il se retrouve impliqué malgré lui dans la recherche du trésor de l’ordre de la toison d’or, disputé entre France et Empire austro-hongrois.
After living seven years with the mechanic Aldo, having a daughter with him, the simple woman Irma is informed that her absent husband had just died in Sydney. She becomes upset when Aldo proposes to marry her and she tells him that she is going to leave him. Unable to explain how much he loves her, Aldo takes their daughter Rosina and travels with her, meeting different women in different places, trying to establish a new relationship and fill the emptiness of his sentimental life. He visits his former lover Elvia; he meets and lives with the widow Virginia, who owns a gas station; he lives with the prostitute Andreina. But these relationships never complete the needy Aldo.
Strategia del ragno / The Spider’s Stratagem (1970) Bernardo Bertolucci, Giulio Brogi, Alida Valli, Pippo Campanini, Drama, Mystery
Athos Magnani, a young researcher, returns to Tara, where his father was killed before his birth, at the request of Draifa. The father, also named Athos Magnani and looking exactly like the son, was killed by a fascist in 1936 — or so says Draifa (his mistress), the town statue, and everyone in town. As the son untangles the web of lies this story is constructed from, he finds himself ensnared in the same web.