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The Temptress (1952)

Le due verità (original title)
| Drama, Mystery | 1955 (USA)
The young Lut Loris is undergoing a trial for killing his girlfriend Maria Luce. According to the reconstruction of the facts, the young man would shoot his mistress making it then end up ... See full summary »


Antonio Leonviola


Maurizio Corgnati (screenplay), Daniele D'Anza (screenplay) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Anna Maria Ferrero ... Maria-Luce Carlinet
Michel Auclair ... Lut Loris
Michel Simon ... Cidoni
Valentine Tessier Valentine Tessier ... Madame Muk
Ruggero Ruggeri ... Presidente tribunale
Giulio Stival Giulio Stival ... Procuratore generale
Mario Pisu Mario Pisu
Flora Torrigiani Flora Torrigiani ... (as Flora Torriggiani)
Enzo Furlai Enzo Furlai ... (as Furlanetto)
Gino Rossi Gino Rossi
Lilly Drago Lilly Drago ... (as Lilli Drago)
Clara Ferrero Clara Ferrero
Carla Arrigoni Carla Arrigoni
Lucia Bosé
Vittorio Manfrino Vittorio Manfrino


The young Lut Loris is undergoing a trial for killing his girlfriend Maria Luce. According to the reconstruction of the facts, the young man would shoot his mistress making it then end up under the wheels of a tram. On the remains of the woman's body, however, there is no trace of a gunshot wound and, during the trial, the accused, who appears hypnotized, refuses to answer. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Anna Maria Ferrero - Half Angel...Half Devil!


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La Vérité
7 April 2011 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

An Italian -French co production inspired by "Rashomon" (remade by Martin Ritt as "the outrage" ).Actually,the scene seen from two points of view was not that new.After all,the two male principals are French and in this country,"La Vie De Plaisir" (1942) by Albert Valentin had already used the trick.

Michel Auclair,the very same year, played a multi faced imaginary guy in Julien Duvivier' s "La Fete A Henriette" and this part was tailor-made for him.A very talented actor,he is as convincing as a bastard who perverts an innocent young thing and as a hung-up dude under his over possessive mom's thumb.Michel Simon is equally efficient as the lawyer in a part strongly recalling that of Raimu in Decoin's "Les Inconnus Dans La Maison" : a fallen lawyer who became a tramp and who makes his "come back" to save a (maybe) innocent man.His appearance is too short though.

In the French version,you can hear their voices (plus that of Valentine Tessier ,excellent as a madam) but the Italian actress was dubbed by two different voices :one for the ingénue,and one for the bitch.

The screenplay is gripping ,but direction is just OK ,although the director goes out of his way in the finale ,trying to show the hero's obsessions .One can dream of what Duvivier or Clouzot would have made with such a story.Above average.

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