22 May 2021 | ulicknormanowen
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!
You do not change a winning team :after "i figlio di nesseno " , past master of melodrama Raffaello Matarazzo meets again Amadeo Nazzari , Yvonne Sanson and French Françoise Rosay (cast again as comtessa , not Pamieri ,but Canali this time.
A comtessa who plays a prominent part in Maria's downfall ;France never gave Rosay such nasty hypocrit parts! To save her ne'er- do -well grandson,she sacrifices the girl he got pregnant and then her sister ,the unfortunate Maria(Sanson) suffers ,suffers ,and suffers : prison, the loss of her husband (by proxy ), illness , poverty ,you name it ;husband (Amadeo Nazzari) and wife are separated by the Atlantic ocean , and ,it's unusual,both stars have little time together on screen .
If you do not like melodrama,you must move on;if you do,like me,this is your cup of tea, melo with a capital M;the screenplay is dense and will send you tearing to an entire box of kleenex ; Sanson is touching as the so-called mater dolorosa ; like her ,a specialist of the genre (see also 'tormento" where they are both featured ) , he gives a restrained effective performance .Rosay is masterful as the selfish comtessa (selfish till the very end) who ,pretending to help Maria ,plunges her into misfortune .