Difendo Il Mio Amore (1956)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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Two directors called the shots on Difendo il Mio Amore; Giulio Macchi helmed the original Italian version, while Hollywood's Vincent Sherman handled the English-language version. In a radical departure from her usual sexpot roles, Martine Carol plays a dull, drab young woman whose life is permanently altered when she becomes involved in a murder case. Journalist Vittorio Gassman, ever on the prowl for a scoop, pursues Martine for the "real story," championing her cause in the process. The result, however, is misery and heartbreak for all concerned. Featured in the cast is Alan Furlan, an American actor then working in Italy who later returned to the U.S. to become the mentor of Wisconsin's famed Sunset Playhouse. The English version of Difendo il Mio Amore was released as To Defend My Love.