Two Anonymous Letters (1947)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Two Anonymous Letters (originally Duo Lettere Anomine) was the first postwar directorial effort by Italian filmmaker Mario Camerini. While his colleagues were immersed in neorealism, Camerini relies on traditional cinematic techniques in unfolding his story of a star-crossed wartime romance. When her sweetheart Bruno (Andrea Checchi) joins the Italian army, Gina (Clara Calamai), bored by her lack of social life, weds Tullio (Otello Toso). She comes to regret her decision when Tullio proves to be a Nazi collaborationist. Casting her lot with the Resistance movement, Gina is forced into a difficult decision when the safety of ex-lover Bruno is endangered by the treachery of Tullio. Completed in 1945, Two Anonymous Letters was released in the U.S. in 1947, with English-language subtitles provided by erudite film critic Herman G. Weinberg.