Gelosia (1953)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Period Film, Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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One need not be fluent in Italian to figure out that Gelosia translates to Jealousy. Set in 19th-century Sicily, the film traces the tragic romance between a wealthy Marquis (Erno Crisa) and low-born servant girl Agrippina (Marisa Belli). Because he is forbidden to marry the girl, the Marquis asks his faithful lackey Don Sylvio (Alessandro Fersen) to wed Agrippina "in name only," so that she may remain in his household without arousing suspicion. Despite Don Sylvio's loyalty, the Marquis eventually goes insane with jealousy. As a result, few of the cast members are still breathing at film's end. Gelosia was based on a novel by Luigi Capuana.

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jealousy, killing, love-triangle, marriage-of-convenience, murder, romance, servant