Raffaello Matarazzo's Runaway Melodramas (1949-1955) [The Criterion Collection, Eclipse Series 27]
DVD Video, 4 x DVD5 | 4 x ~ 1hr 35mn | NTSC 4:3 | 720x480 | 4 x ~ 4.2 Gb
Italian (Italiano): Dolby AC3, 1 ch | Subtitles: English
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance | Director: Raffaello Matarazzo
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, film critics, international festivalgoers, and other studious viewers were swept up by the tide of Italian neorealism. Meanwhile, mainstream Italian audiences were indulging in a different kind of cinema experience: the sensational, extravagant melodramas of director Raffaello Matarazzo. Though turning to neorealism for character types and settings, these haywire hits about splintered love affairs and broken homes, all starring mustachioed matinee idol Amedeo Nazzari and icon of feminine purity Yvonne Sanson, luxuriate in delirious plot twists and overheated religious symbolism. Four of them are collected here, chronicles of men and women on long and serpentine roads to redemption, each less restrained and more wildly fun than the last.