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The Wayward Wife (1953)

La provinciale (original title)
Gemma, daughter of a lodger, is in love with her half-brother, but since she cannot marry him she ends up marrying a teacher. She doesn't love him and betrays him but is blackmailed by a ... See full summary »

Director:

Mario Soldati

Writers:

Alberto Moravia (novel), Giorgio Bassani (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gina Lollobrigida ... Gemma Vagnuzzi
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Il professore Franco Vagnuzzi
Franco Interlenghi ... Paolo Sartori
Nanda Primavera Nanda Primavera ... La signora Foresi, madre di Gemma
Marilyn Buferd ... Anna Sartori (as Marylin Buferd)
Barbara Berg Barbara Berg ... Vannina
Alda Mangini Alda Mangini ... Elvira Coceanu
Renato Baldini ... Luciano Vittoni - L'amante di Gemma
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Gemma, daughter of a lodger, is in love with her half-brother, but since she cannot marry him she ends up marrying a teacher. She doesn't love him and betrays him but is blackmailed by a Romanian countess who forces her to become a prostitute. She's desperate but in the end she asks her husband for help. She has learned to love him in the meantime. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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A Woman Will Know Why See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

19 March 1954 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wayward Wife See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Gemma Bovary
4 November 2014 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"La Provinciale " (the title is revealing) displays the same hatred from the provinces as "Madame Bovary" ,Gustave Flaubert 's famous novel.Both Moravia's and the French writer's heroines are romantic girls ,who dream of a wealthy life ,in luxury,of a socialite's life ,in Roma or in Paris .Whereas Emma Bovary was born on a farm ,Gemma lives with her mom in a seedy apartment ,but she has privileged access to the aristocratic milieu :the viewer can wonder why,but actually her mother has a terrible secret to conceal.

The movie is well constructed:first,the scene of the dinner when Gemma tries to kill the "carnival" Comtessa ,as a character calls her ,a scene which will be shown again.Then a long flashback which shows the heroine's past and why she feels resentful towards this hateful fat woman for ,although she claims she is her friend,having been some kind of madam,for

even trying to blackmail her .Voices- over reveal the characters ' points of view:Gemma,her mother and her husband.The latter feels guilt although he did nothing really wrong: "I loved books more than my wife".This brilliant scientist,incidentally,is despised by these idle rich,just as Madame Bovary's husband ,a physician, was considered an oafish failure.

When he watches the dinner scene for the second time,the viewer feels the same hate for the false Comtessa ,as the camera stops at Gemma's face ,on the verge of a fit of hysterics.

Gina Lollobrigida proves that she was much more than a pretty face;Gabriele Ferzetti is convincing in a thankless part;but the stand -out is arguably Alda Mangina,who shines as the wife's evil genius.


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