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Tag Archives: Francesco Maselli
The Doll That Took the Town (1957) Francesco Maselli, Virna Lisi, Haya Harareet, Elisa Cegani, Drama
A struggling model concocts a story of being raped and beaten by three strangers and soon becomes a media darling. Read More »
Gli sbandati / Abandoned / The Disbanded (1955) Francesco Maselli, Lucia Bosé, Isa Miranda, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Drama
Set during WWII, the film is a drama of the Italian resistance, with all the usual clichéd characters in attendance. The central character, a bombed-out gamine who falls in love with an Italian partisan, is played by Lucia Bose, who earned a great deal of praise for her performance. Most of the film deals with the culture-clash between the citified resistance fighters and their rural hosts.
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Fai in fretta ad uccidermi… ho freddo! / Kill Me Quick, I’m Cold (1967) Francesco Maselli, Monica Vitti, Jean Sorel, Roberto Bisacco, Comedy, Crime
Giovanna (Monica Vitti, L’Awentura) and Franco (Jean Sorel, Belle de Jour) are lovers pretending to be brother and sister in order to con unsuspecting marks while staying in the most luxurious locales throughout Europe. In their travels, they come across the beautiful Christina (Daniela Surina, Divorce His – Divorce Hers], a girl who is being threatened by her brother, Sergio (Roberto Bisacco, Romeo and Juliet), in order to get the family fortune. But as Giovanna and Franco delve into her story, the double-crossing begins, and no one is sure who is getting tricked.
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I delfini / Silver Spoon Set (1960) Francesco Maselli, Claudia Cardinale, Gérard Blain, Anna Maria Ferrero
The idle lives of the rich or famous or both are depicted from an aloof and uninvolved perspective in this standard though uneven drama by director Francesco Maselli. Claudia Cardinale appears in one of her early screen roles as Fedora, a member of the elite and privileged in a provincial Italian town. The seedy underside of illicit affairs, quick flings, betrayals and deceptions, and other, similar pasttimes of the “in” circle slowly become apparent when a young outsider tries to gain acceptance into the exclusive group. As the plot weaves in and out of the various liaisons in a cool and remote manner, the motivation for wanting to take part in it all is hard to fathom.
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