Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Violent Summer

Another great movie by Valerio Zurlini filmed in 1959 but the story takes place in Italy during the summer of 1943. Set in a seaside town Carlo (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and his peers have avoided the war by staying in college and through connections of their parents. Everything changes when Carlo meets Roberta, (Eleonora Rossi Drago) an older woman and war widow. No one in the movie is happy about their relationship. Carlo's friends just want fun in the sun, dancing and tennis. Roberta's family just wants her to spend the rest of her life mourning her war hero husband though she is only 30 years old. There is a lot of foreshadowing but nothing to really prepare you for the ending of this beautifully shot film.

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