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6.4/10 my review: http://wp.me/p1eXom-26y
The usual kind of wandering, Italian 1960s film that isn't really about anything but looks good and is nevertheless rather watchable. The sparse music was very welcome and the fight scene was unusually shot. I quite liked the slightly uncertain ending too. 7.25/10
"La ragazza con la valigia" is a good melodrama where many of the typical ingredients of the genre are mixed up to create a fascinating movie. It could be an impossible love story between the poor girl and the rich man, but the man is a teen-ager and the girl, in spite of her beautiful babyface, has the charming complexity of a real woman. It would be better to see it as the fantasy of a teenager and its repression. Maybe even as the fantasy of a young woman who finds her pure loving but too young prince charming. The power of feelings of the age when a boy is no more a boy and not yet a man is mixed with the power of the sexuality of a Claudia Cardinale at her best, constantly followed by the camera of Zurlini. The result is a love story that was shot with delicacy, no shout, whispered with the light touch of a hand, an intense stare, a passionate gesture, a lot of vitality and a big "if...".
Girl With a Suitcase does the older-female-preys-on-younger-male plot straight-faced almost to the point of being dull (like The Graduate minus the sharp humor). What saves the film is a fresh-faced Claudia Cardinale and some grade-A camerawork to capture her photogenic beauty.
Ah, first love can be so bittersweet.....
Adoro adoro adoro! Stavo riguardando degli spezzoni e giÃ il cuore... la scena sulla spiaggia prima del finale, la splendida Cardinale(doppiata da Adriana Asti) che scende dalle scale della Villa di Perrin sulle note dell'Aida, stralci di Parma e Rimini nei primi anni'60, le canzoni di Celentano, Fidenco, Paoli... strazio poetico, amore, senza fiato e occhi lucidi, irraggiungibile. Grazie Valerio per aver lasciato questo capolavoro...
Enchanting movie of the Sixties. The upper classed boy falls in love with a poor singer tricked by his brother. Then he tries to protect her, she tries to protect him. They often misunderstand each other. Both are naive blocks. Cardinale is disappointed by the men (it had been the same in her real life, before crossing her ugly prince Pasquale Squitieri). The Boy is disappointed by his aunt, and he ask the advise of his teacher, a priest. The title is fantastic!
I'm touched by the sensibility young Jacques Perrin showed here and Claudia Cardinale was just gorgeous it's hard to take your eyes off her. The cinematography is top class. It's the most beautiful black and white motion picture I've ever seen.
This movie was beautiful even if a bit slow paced. And the endng was quite sad...
Besides being just a great film from an underappreciated Italian director (at least to American audiences) there is great use of music from Nascimbene. Perrin's acting was flawless for such a young person.