1954. Italy. Alberto Lattuada. 100 min.
Friday, October 28, 2011, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1954. Italy. Directed by Alberto Lattuada. Screenplay by Rodolfo Sonego, Lattuada, Luigia Malerba, Charles Spaak. With Martine Carol, Raf Vallone, Clelia Matania. Together with Federico Fellini’s I vitteloni, made the previous year, La Spiaggia ushered in the great commedia all’italiana of the 1950s and 1960s. Lattuada skewers petty bourgeois pretensions and hypocrisies in response to the postwar Miracolo Economico and Italy’s newfound fetish for the easy life. Carol plays an immensely sexy and sympathetic ex-prostitute who relocates with her young daughter to the Italian Riviera in hopes of starting anew. She is warmly embraced as a respectable widow until an old client recognizes her and tarnishes her reputation, driving her into the arms of a lecherous billionaire. Preserved print courtesy Cinecittà Luce. In Italian; English subtitles. 100 min.
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