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Sandra (1965)

Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa... (original title)
Sandra returns to her childhood village to take care of family business, but her childhood memories and secrets soon overcome her.

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Gianni Wald-Luzzati
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Andrew Dawdson
Renzo Ricci ...
Antonio Gilardini
Fred Williams ...
Pietro Formari
Amalia Troiani ...
Fosca, la domestica
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Corinna Gilardini, madre di Sandra e Gianni
Vittorio Manfrino
Giovanni Rovini
Renato Moretti
Paola Piscini
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Sandra comes back to Volterra, in Tuscany, the little town where she spent her childhood. She is with her American husband, Andrew. She wishes to pay homage to her father who died in Auschwitz where she was still a little child. In Volterra, Andrew meets for the first time Gianni, Sandra's brother. He soon realizes that Sandra and Gianni have a secret since their childhood. Written by Yepok

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SANDA has a husband - SANDRA has a brother - SANDRA loves one of them much too much. (original USA poster) See more »

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One of the first films in which Claudia Cardinale (who was born In Tunisia and whose first language was French) dubbed herself in Italian. See more »

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Referenced in David Holzman's Diary (1967) See more »

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Shadowy Secret from the Past
13 February 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After a farewell party, Sandra Dawson (Claudia Cardinale) and her American husband Andrew Dawson (Michael Craig) travel to her hometown in the province of Volterra for a homage of the locals to her father, a prominent scientist that died in the concentration camp of Auschwitz. The couple is welcomed by the maid Fosca (Amalia Troiani), and Andrew becomes fascinated with the house. Sandra has issues with her stepfather Pietro Formari (Fred Williams) and her insane mother (Marie Bell) and misses her brother Gianni Wald-Luzzati (Jean Sorel), who is an aspirant writer. When Gianni appears in the house out of the blue, Andrew unravels a shadowy secret from the past of the siblings.

The unknown "Vaghe Stelle dell'Orsa..." is another great movie of this artist called Luchino Visconti. The plot about incestuous relationship and family issues in the hands of another director could have become a melodramatic soap-opera. But Visconti explores the sensuality and beauty of Claudia Cardinale to deliver an intriguing and quite erotic family drama without any redemption. The set decoration, as usual, is another piece of art, supported by a classy music score. My vote is eight.

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