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Agostina is a maid turned prostitute during World War II. She sends all the money she makes to the local priest in her home village for safekeeping. After the war is over Agostina and her friend Australia plan to open a clothing store so they return to her home island to collect the money from the priest. But after arriving there Agostina learns in shock that the priest has been dead for more than a year and that his eccentric successor mistook the received money for donations and spent all of it on building a new orphanage for war orphans. To make matters even worse, other islanders think that Agostina is now a millionaire and beg her to help them financially.Written by
Aljaz Ciber, Slovenia
Gina Lollabrigida shines in this post-WWII satire.
Campane a Martello takes place in Italy shortly after World War II. The Allied soldiers are leaving the country, and as a result, the Roman authorities are expelling all of their prostitutes who came from other towns. One of them is Agostino (played by Gina Lollabrigida) who, unlike her friends, has managed to save her money and she wants to open a shop with it. So she has to race home to retrieve her money before the townspeople find out about her past. Once there however, she is surprised to find herself being given a hero's welcome and is quickly caught up in a conflict between the town's mayor and a priest who is running an orphanage for the children fathered by the departed soldiers. The movie ends up being a satire about greed, hypocrisy and self-importance. It is more amusing than funny and its characters are paper thin, but the movie has a nice cynical tone and never veers off into sentimentality. On the whole, it is worth watching.
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