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The Most Beautiful Wife (1970)

La moglie più bella (original title)
Based on the story of Franca Viola and Filippo Melodia. In Sicily, as a Mafia boss leaves for prison, he advises Vito, a young man who's his potential successor, to marry a virtuous and ... See full summary »

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Damiano Damiani

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Damiano Damiani (screenplay), Damiano Damiani (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alessio Orano Alessio Orano ... Vito Juvara
Ornella Muti ... Francesca
Tano Cimarosa ... Gaetano Cimarosa (as Gaetano Cimarosa)
Joe Sentieri Joe Sentieri ... Poidomani
Enzo Andronico ... Avvocato
Amerigo Tot Amerigo Tot ... Antonino Stella
Pierluigi Aprà Pierluigi Aprà ... Tenente dei carabinieri (as Pier Luigi Apra)
Salvatore Baccaro ... (as Salvatore Vaccaro)
Sandro Arlotta Sandro Arlotta
Diego Morreale Diego Morreale
Mariella Palmich Mariella Palmich
Giuseppe Lauricella Giuseppe Lauricella
Jocelyne Munchenbach Jocelyne Munchenbach ... (as Joceline Münchenbach)
Fortunato Arena Fortunato Arena
Prassede Nogara Prassede Nogara
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Based on the story of Franca Viola and Filippo Melodia. In Sicily, as a Mafia boss leaves for prison, he advises Vito, a young man who's his potential successor, to marry a virtuous and poor woman. Vito's eye settles on Francesca, only 15, but lovely and self-possessed. Among her virtues are high self worth and forthright speech, so although she falls in love with Vito, she won't bow down to him. Believing he's losing face, he has his boys kidnap her and he rapes her. Then, he tells her he'll still marry her. Instead, she files charges. Her parents, brother, and neighbors refuse to support her. Will she break? Will Vito continue his assaults? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 March 1970 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher mais Bela See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The late '70s French-dubbed release version of this film has over 10 minutes of added hardcore sex scenes, mainly appearing at the beginning of the film, featuring anonymous performers, yet its overall running time is 20 minutes shorter than the original Italian film. See more »

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Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) See more »

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excellent
2 July 2005 | by Close_The_DoorSee all my reviews

Damiano Damiani is perhaps the Italian filmmaker most inspired by American cinema. He links political commitment to excellent thriller style. "La moglie piu' bella" is still shocking for me, knowing it is inspired by the true story of Franca Viola in 1965. The atmosphere is disquieting thanks to the the film-making and Ennio Morricone's music. This is also the first film of Ornella Muti, who was 14 years old at the time and pretended to be ill not to go to school for two months - the time of recording. It reminds me "La ragazza con la pistola" (The girl with the gun) by Mario Monicelli with Monica Vitti, although this one is much more ironic and aims at ridiculing certain Sicilians customs to better fight them.


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