La Citta Dolente (1949)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Political Drama  |   Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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Luigi Tosi, best known to American audiences as the priggish romantic lead in Laurel & Hardy's final feature Atoll K (1951), heads the cast of the Italian City of Pain. The film is set in the border town of Pola. In 1947, the citizens of this tiny community were given a choice: either head to the Italian side of the border, or become part of Yugoslavia. Among those who elect to stay (at least according to this film) is a young husband and father (Tosi) who is loyal to the Tito regime. In order to make certain that his wife and child will make it to Italy safely, the young man agrees to sleep with communist official Lubitza (played by American actress Constance Dowling). This sad little fable was originally released in Italy as La Citta Dolente.

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child, choices, city, Communism, concentration-camp, death, escape, family, father, government, inhabitant, medical, medical-facilities, mistake, mother, war, worker