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Maddalena (1954 film)

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Directed byAugusto Genina
Written byCarlo Alianello
Pierre Bost
Madeleine Masson de Belavalle
Alessandro De Stefani
Augusto Genina
Giorgio Prosperi
Produced byGiuseppe Bordogni
StarringMärta Torén
Gino Cervi
Charles Vanel
CinematographyClaude Renoir
Edited byGiancarlo Cappelli
Music byAntonio Veretti
Distributed byTitanus
Release date
  • 16 March 1954 (1954-03-16)
Running time
102 minutes

Maddalena is a 1954 French-Italian melodrama film directed by Augusto Genina and starring Märta Torén, Gino Cervi and Charles Vanel. It was entered into the 1954 Cannes Film Festival.[1] It was shot in Technicolor. The film's sets were designed by the art director Ottavio Scotti.

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Every year, on Good Friday, a procession takes place in a small provincial village. This year the women of the village are unable to choose a girl who can play the Madonna. A local squire, with the intention of publicly mocking the curate Don Vincenzo, ensures that a young prostitute, Maddalena, receives this assignment.

Magdalene accepts because she wants to take revenge with the Virgin for the loss of her daughter, who died in boarding school during her first communion, due to a trivial fire of the veil. The women of the village do not accept that a foreigner interprets the Madonna, but the curate defends her choice, even though he does not know who Magdalene really is.

During a rehearsal of the procession, Magdalene faints and is invited by the priest to rest. But, passing by the church, he meets a woman in prayer who sees her and, believing that Magdalene is an apparition of the Madonna, invokes her to have her son healed from a serious illness.

Magdalene tries to escape, but she is credited with healing the boy and she stays for the Good Friday procession. The squire, however, takes revenge by telling everyone who the girl really is. Faced with this confession, people attack Maddalena and start stoning her.



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Maddalena". Retrieved 25 January 2009.

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