The Black Orchid (1958)

Not Rated   |    |  Drama, Romance


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After mobsters murder her husband, Rose Bianco works long hours making artificial flowers, to support herself and her son. Some suspect that Rose's demand for a lavish lifestyle pushed her ... See full summary »


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  • Sophia Loren on set of "Black Orchid," 1958.
  • Ina Balin and Peter Mark Richman in The Black Orchid (1958)
  • Ina Balin and Jack Washburn in The Black Orchid (1958)
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  • Ina Balin in The Black Orchid (1958)
  • Sophia Loren on set of "Black Orchid," 1958.

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1 October 2001 | moonspinner55
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| Quinn gives the Italian histrionics some substance...
The soon-to-be-married daughter of a handsome widower is furious when her father starts dating the widow of a gangster. Anthony Quinn and Sophia Loren are quite good as the older lovers whose romance hits a family obstacle (Quinn, in particular, is well-attuned to his role), but the stereotypical Italian characters get to be a bit much. One can understand why Quinn's daughter is reluctant to let go of her papa (she's been mother and daughter to him for years), but her overwrought behavior--not to mention her over-acting--creates an hysterical mood which nearly undermines the love story. Martin Ritt directed, staging the piece with sensitivity yet never allowing the characters and their emotions to bloom. **1/2 from ****

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