Angelo (1950)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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The Italian-made Angelo would seem to have been inspired by one of the episodes in director Roberto Rosselini's neo-realist classic Paisan (46). The story involves an ex-convict who is released in the years just following World War 2. Coming home, the former convict discovers that his wife has had a child by an American GI. What is more, The GI was black. The rest of the film traces the husband's rejection, and ultimate acceptance, of the ingenuous Little Angelo (played by a child actor billed only as...Little Angelo). Not widely distributed in the US (where it was released in 1957, six years after it was made) Angelo did well enough in Italy to warrant a sequel, Angelo in the Crowd, which follows the young protagonist after he escapes from an orphanage.

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cross-cultural-relations, disillusionment, agent [representative], betrayal, childbirth, CIA (Central-Intelligence-Agency), compassion, dye, ex-convict, explosion, get-rich-quick-scheme, helicopter, homecoming, investing, man, parent, prison, release, return, shock, war, wife, world-crisis