It just killed me...


When Antonietta (Magali) didn't attend the dance and we didn't get a chance to see her anymore.

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that was very sad!



When there's no more room in hell, The dead will walk the earth...

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When he showed up at the new year's dance and there no one there except for one old couple, my heart sank. That was one of the most heart wrenching moments in film history. I just shook my head in disappointment, even though I knew it was just a movie. I felt so bad for him! That stupid b!tch never knew how much she meant to him.

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maybe her parents didn't let her. Remember the male lead's father commented on why he should go out (after he snuck out) so it would've been even harder for the girl to go out.

"...cinema is truth 24 times a second."

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Exactly, maybe she had some good excuse not to show up. And he had a bit of fun at least. What I like so much about this beautiful film (besides its beauty of course) is the open ending. Maybe they found together, maybe not. And love is pretty fugacious at this age anyway.

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I also really appreciated the typical melancholy associated with the italian Neorealism, in combination with the 'happy' ending and surrealistic scenes. (Although he seemingly did not succeed in meeting the girl). Quite underrated movie if you ask me, it deserves at least as much attention as the movies from De Sica and Rossellini, to name a few.

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I mean, no doubt it's really sad in the context of the story, but why is she either "stupid" or a "b!tch" if she decides she doesn't want him? Are women in general supposed to respond to whatever a suitor wants, or what? I'm trying to figure out where this kind of comment is coming from.

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Bit of a harsh response there, isn't it? I recall her mentioning something about getting her mother's permission to come, so it is likely her mother had other ideas. Doesn't make her stupid or a b*tch. Didn't you also notice that he had to sneak out of the house too, to attend. Back then parents still ruled with an iron fist as long as you lived at home. Seems like you might have dozed off a few times during this film.









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I really liked Magali and would've liked to have seen her some more, but it didn't disappoint me that she didn't show up. At least Domenico didn't let it get to him and enjoyed the party in the end which made me glad.





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I like Italian Neorealism films and I don't have a problem with their sad endings, but for this particular film I wanted very bad to see a happy ending!

It's a little bit a disappointing ending, but anyway I still like the film and I would watch it again one day.

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Yeah, it was so sad when she didn't show up, but hating her for it is sort of pounding an ant with a boulder! Is it anyone's impression that she *chose* to not attend, in order to *hurt* Domenico??? The subtitles on the print I saw last night on TCM included a line of dialog in which she explicitly stated that she had to get her mother's permission to attend, so maybe her mother effectivly blocked her attendance! Unless she was lying when she said that... I didn't get that impression, but I could've easily missed something, I guess.

At any rate, what a great film. Saw it for the first time last night... wow.

Matthew

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But this is not a neo-realist film. Sure it borrows some of its styling, but that does not make it Neo-realist.

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Yes this was a heart-breaking moment.. Well, welcome to Italian Neo-realism, and, on a greater extent I suppose - realism in itself.. :'(

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