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A Brief Vacation (1973)

Una breve vacanza (original title)
Clara, diagnosed with tubercolosis, is treated in a sanatorium in the Alps, where she can finally take a break from her miserable life.

Director:

Vittorio De Sica

Writers:

Rodolfo Sonego (story), Cesare Zavattini
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Florinda Bolkan ... Clara Mataro
Renato Salvatori ... The husband
Daniel Quenaud Daniel Quenaud ... Luigi
José María Prada ... Ciranni (as Josè Maria Prada)
Teresa Gimpera ... Gina
Hugo Blanco ... The brother in law
Julia Peña Julia Peña ... Edvige (as Julia Pena)
Miranda Campa Miranda Campa ... Nurse Guidotti
Angela Cardile Angela Cardile ... The redhead
Anna Carena ... The mother in law
Monica Guerritore ... Maria
Maria Mizar Maria Mizar ... Nurse Garin
Alessandro Romanazzi Alessandro Romanazzi ... The son
Adriana Asti ... Scanziani
Enrico Baroni Enrico Baroni
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Storyline

A women lives a miserable life in the basement of her Milan apartment, with her boring inlaws and three children (boys). Her husband has been injured. Her bleak life takes an unexpected turn when she is diagnosed with tuberculosis and has to go to a sanatorium in the Italian Alps. At the medical clinic in Milan she meets young mechanic with the similar health problems. At the sanatorium she meets again the same man and they start a passionate love affair. All good things must come to an end. When she is cured, she has to return to that rathole from which she only briefly emerged. Written by marty gottlieb <anangke@erols.com>, prokurator@gmail.com

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Vittorio De Sica's Final Masterpiece! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

9 February 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to producer Arthur Cohn, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and Jane Fonda all wanted to play the role of Clara Mataro which ultimately went to Florinda Bolkan. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Carrie (1976) See more »

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Music by Manuel De Sica
Lyrics by Gene Lees
Sung by Christian De Sica
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Compelling, thoughtful entertainment
25 December 2012 | by HollywoodshackSee all my reviews

Florinda Balkan stars as a factory worker battered by her crippled husband who discovers she has lung disease and is send on medical leave to a TB resort in the mountains for treatment. Here she is romanced by a handsome patient from a nearby facility and develops close friendships with her roommates, sharing their triumphs and disappointments while they battle with fates of mortality. The great irony results in that she is cured, but ruined by the fact she must return to her factory work and poor, abusive family. Fans of Bette Davis (Jezebel) and Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce) will enjoy her portrayal of a strong tragic heroine. I must admit scenes with her abusive husband and fellow TB patients are quite hard-hitting, but worth enduring to see the powerful finale.


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