Il Sole negli occhi (Empty Eyes). 1953. Italy. Directed by Antonio Pietrangeli. In Italian; English subtitles. 98 min.
Screenplay by Antonio Pietrangeli, Ugo Pirro, Lucio Battistrada, Suso Cecchi D’Amico. With Irene Galter, Gabriele Ferzetti, Paolo Stoppa. After a decade as a screenwriter and critic, Pietrangeli made his directorial debut with this striking example of late Neorealism, which announces most of his major themes. Celestina (Irene Galter) is a naïve peasant girl who leaves her small village to look for work as a maid in Rome, where her innocence is rapidly exploited by thoughtless employers and predatory men. She places all her trust in a handsome plumber (Gabriele Ferzetti), who vanishes the minute she discovers she is pregnant. Pietrangeli gracefully dramatizes her transition from country bumpkin to disillusioned urbanite, as she joins Rome’s sisterhood of exploited domestic workers.
Fata Marta. 1966. Italy. Directed by Antonio Pietrangeli. In Italian; English subtitles
Pietrangeli’s episode from the omnibus film Le Fate (The Queens).