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Piccolo mondo antico

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Piccolo mondo antico

Piccolo mondo antico
Film poster
Directed by Mario Soldati
Produced by Carlo Ponti (uncredited)
Written by Antonio Fogazzaro (novel)
Mario Bonfantini (adaptation)
Starring Alida Valli
Music by Enzo Masetti
Cinematography Arturo Gallea (outdoors)
Carlo Montuori (indoors)
Editing by Gisa Radicchi Levi (uncredited)
Distributed by Industrie Cinematografiche Italiane
Release date(s) 10 April 1941
Running time 106 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Piccolo mondo antico (literally: Little Ancient World), also known as Old-Fashioned World , is a 1941 Italian drama film directed by Mario Soldati and based on the 1895 novel by Antonio Fogazzaro. Was one of the first colossal of Italian cinema (this movie was important for the relatively young Italian cinema like Gone With The Wind was for the American one) and it was also a great success, starting the career of Alida Valli as movie star.

Plot summary

During the Italian Risorgimento (mid-nineteenth century), in Austrian-occupied Lombardy, Franco Maironi (Massimo Serato), a young man of noble descent, decides to marry Luisa (Alida Valli), a humble clerk's daughter, against his grandmother, the Marquess Orsola Maironi's wishes. The old lady makes the life of the newly married couple miserable (she destroys the will which would grant Franco his wealth, and causes Luisa's uncle to lose his job, as he was helping them). In the meantime, Luisa gives birth to little Maria. Franco is forced to go to Turin in search of a job. During his absence, a terrible tragedy upsets Luisa's life: her daughter drowns in Lake of Lugano and the woman is driven to the brink of madness. Franco returns home for a short time but Luisa reacts coldly towards him. During the Second Italian War of Independence Franco becomes a volunteer soldier in the fight against Austrian and again meets his wife by Lake Maggiore. Despite Luisa's coldness, Franco is sure she still loves him. Aware that he might die in the war, he makes love to her one last time, leaving her pregnant.


Actor Role
Alida Valli Luisa Rigey Maironi
Massimo Serato Franco Maironi
Ada Dondini La marchesa Orsola Maironi
Annibale Betrone Zio Piero
Mariù Pascoli Maria Maironi
Giacinto Molteni Il professore Beniamino Gilardoni
Elvira Bonecchi La signora Barborin Pasotti
Enzo Biliotti Il signor Pasotti
Renato Cialente Von Greisberg
Adele Garavaglia La signora Teresa Rigey
Carlo Tamberlani Don Costa
Giovanni Barrella Il curato di Puria
Nino Marchetti Pedraglio, il cospiratore
Giorgio Constantini L'avvocato di Varenna
Jone Morino Donna Eugenia
Anna Carena Carlotta, la cameriera della marchesa

External links

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