Il Peccato di Anna (1961)

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This steamy potboiler from cult director Camillo Mastrocinque concerns an African-American actor, John (Ben E. Johnson), who comes to Rome in order to star in a production of Othello. He falls in love with pretty Anna (Anna Vita), the actress playing Desdemona. John has a dangerous rival in Alberto (Paul Muller), Anna's conniving manager, who is out for her money. Alberto learns that John served seven years in prison for raping a white girl and tells Anna, who breaks off their relationship in disgust. The truth of the matter is that the girl was really raped by Sam (William Demby), whom Alberto promptly murders to cover his tracks. After a fight, John runs for his life, believing that he has killed Alberto. He is on the verge of suicide when Anna finds him, finally having learned the truth. Future director Adalberto Albertini was one of the cameramen for this exploitative melodrama.

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actor, love, love-triangle, manager, murder, on-the-run, rape, rival, suicide