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Volcano (1950)

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106 min | Drama

While awaiting Production Code seal approval in the USA this Italian-made production went through three American distributors in three years; first Motion Picture Sales Corporation that passed it off to Eagle Lion and finally to United ...See moreWhile awaiting Production Code seal approval in the USA this Italian-made production went through three American distributors in three years; first Motion Picture Sales Corporation that passed it off to Eagle Lion and finally to United Artist when they acquired Eagle Lion properties. Anna Magnani, a prostitute, is banished from Naples and returns to her home, a volcanic island off of southern Italy. There, she is accepted only by her younger sister and younger brother, and takes whatever job she can to get by. Rossano Brazzi, a diver by trade but a procurer for a prostitution ring---the white slave trade in those days---sets his cap for Anna's beautiful sister who has fallen in love with him. Anna sleeps with Brazzi to convince the sister he is bad news but the sister thinks otherwise. Later, on Brazzi's boat, Anna is pumping air to him while he is on an underwater dive and she resorts to the only course she has left to save her sister. She stops pumping. Feeling guilt and remorse she then climbs the island volcano as it begins erupting. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
Renzo Avanzo (story) | Mario Chiari (adaptation) | Piero Tellini (dialogue) (screenplay) | Victor Stoloff (dialogue) (screenplay) | Vitaliano Brancati (dialogue) (screenplay)
Producer
William Dieterle (as W. Dieterle)
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Updated Feb 2, 1950

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Jul 20, 1953 (United States)
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Anna Magnani
Maddalena Natoli Maddalena Natoli   See fewer
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Geraldine Brooks
Maria, Maddalena's sister Maria, Maddalena's sister   See fewer
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Adriano Ambrogi
Don Antonio Don Antonio   See fewer
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Lucia Belfadel
Carmela Carmela   See fewer
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Rosina Galli
A Worker A Worker   See fewer
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Francesco Cupane
Merchant Merchant   See fewer
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Ignazio Consiglio
Boat Captain Boat Captain   See fewer
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6.8 / 10 | 214 votes