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Angels of Darkness (1954)

Donne proibite (original title)
Tamara, a Roman prostitute, tries to kill herself throwing herself out of the window of the licensed brothel she works in. While she is being taken to hospital the other girls learn that, ... See full summary »


Giuseppe Amato


Siro Angeli (screenplay), Giuseppe De Santis (screenplay) | 7 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Darnell ... Lola Baldi
Valentina Cortese ... Vally
Lea Padovani ... Franca
Giulietta Masina ... Rosita
Lilla Brignone Lilla Brignone ... Tamara
Carlo Dapporto Carlo Dapporto ... Vittorio
Anthony Quinn ... Francesco Casertano
Alberto Farnese Alberto Farnese ... The Sportsman
Alberto Talegalli Alberto Talegalli ... A relative of Francesco's
Checco Durante Checco Durante ... Another relative of Francesco's
Roberto Risso ... Bruno
Lola Braccini Lola Braccini ... Signora Capello
Maria Pia Casilio ... The Young Girl
Rossella Falk ... Morena
Tino Buazzelli Tino Buazzelli
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Tamara, a Roman prostitute, tries to kill herself throwing herself out of the window of the licensed brothel she works in. While she is being taken to hospital the other girls learn that, following the implementing provisions of the Merlin bill, their house is to be closed. Wally, Franca and Lola find shelter in the beautiful apartment of a generous former colleague, Rosita. Wally tries to get married, Tamara goes through a religious crisis while Franca finds an honest job in order to support her young daughter and herself. As for Lola, she considers going back to her parents' home but won't she give offense to her sister, who is about to be wedded? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Italian censorship visa #15653 dated 28 December 1953. See more »


Written by Carletto Concina (uncredited)
Sung by Sergio Genti
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Una professione infamante.
19 May 2020 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

As a producer Giuseppe Amato was involved in some of the most renowned of neo-realist films. As the popularity of this genre declined in the early 1950's so the demand grew for comedies, romances and melodramas. One such melo is 'Donne Proibite' for which Amato is wearing his director's hat. While no one would pretend this is a classic it is very well made and features sympathetic performances from Linda Darnell, Valentina Cortese and Lea Padovani as a trio of luckless tarts. Darnell has a dicky ticker, Cortese has a chance of happiness with Mr. Wonderful until her 'infamous profession' is revealed and Padovani is a single mother. All three are simply splendid. Nice performances too from Giulietta Masina and Anthony Quinn who would both appear in 'La Strada' the same year. Quinn is a tremendous presence and has the unbeatable combination of machismo and sensitivity. Linda Darnell looks every inch a Latin and is very well dubbed. The cinematography of Anchise Brizzi and the score of Renzo Rosselini add to the atmosphere and the drama. I suppose this would now be classed as a 'chick flick' but don't let that put you off.

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21 November 1956 (USA) See more »

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Angels of Darkness See more »

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