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Alina (1949)

Cast: Amedeo Nazzari, Amedeo Nazzari, Gina Lollobrigida, more...
Director: Giorgio Pastina, Giorgio Pastina
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Studio: Koch Vision
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classic Romance, Vintage Noir, Crime
Running Time: 74 min.
Languages: English
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When an impoverished but devoted Italian wife's husband falls ill and she is forced to take his place in a dangerous smuggling operation, she finds her will tested as she makes her way through the harsh landscape towards the French border in director Giorgio Pastina's downbeat drama. As night falls and Alina braves the brutal winter in hopes of making the delivery without incident, her grim situation turns dire when a brutish smuggler named Marco claims the beautiful young courier as his own. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Alina by DaMess September 1, 2005 - 2:44 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
While this film did allow me to see what all the excitement over Lollabrigida was about-I'm a Loren man myself-I was disappointed with the film itself. The smuggling plot was a little simplistic and there was never any real sense of danger or intrigue. Perhaps important elements were left out of the English dub. There is little dramatic impetus for the budding romance between the two leads and not much heat either. It doesn't help that the two male leads resembled each other (down to pencil thin mustaches) enough to make the early scenes somewhat confusing and there is little sense of place.
Alina seems more like a film that was mishandled in post-production as though the director surrendered control of his vision to someone else after the shooting was over. Of course a film editor has a lot to say about what makes the final cut but a good director/editor team is a little more in sync than is displayed here. None of the performances really stand out other than a rather intriguing turn by Amedeo Nazzari as the hero/love interest Giovanni and a performance from Lollabrigida that was better than I have been led to believe from what I have read about her or from my childhood memories. The film leaves one with the feeling that a little tender loving care on somebody's part could have provided us with a Guns Of Navaronne type thriller that would have been a lot more succesful than Alina turned out to be. I can't think of a reason to reccomend it other than to see the young Gina and one of the worst fistfights ever recorded on film.

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(Average 3.57)
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