Le Mura di Malapaga (The Walls of Malapaga) (Beyond the Gates) (1949) - Rotten Tomatoes

Le Mura di Malapaga (The Walls of Malapaga) (Beyond the Gates) (1949)

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French filmmaker Rene Clement's international reputation was secured with Au Delades Grilles. A French-Italian production, the film sagaciously teamed the mostpopular stars of each nation: France's Jean Gabin and Italy's Isa Miranda. Gabin iscast as a murderer who escapes prosecution by stowing away on a ship. Suffering froma toothache, he disembarks in Italy in search of a dentist, only to have his fewpossessions stolen. This setback leads to an extended emotional interlude involvingGabin, a waitress (Miranda) and the waitress' daughter (Andrea Checchi). Whilekeeping in line with the realistic nature of Clement's postwar films, Au Dela desGrilles harks back to the more lyrical style of his prewar efforts.
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Art House & International , Drama
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a bittersweet romance between a french convict on the run, and a fiery italian waitress unfolds against the backdrop of postwar italy. an extremely hard film to find - i had to watch it with belgian subtitles run through the google translator. the film is notable for winning the best foreign film oscar, and for uniting major stars of france and italy, jean gabin (grand illusion, daybreak) and isa miranda. beautifully shot, and a bit melodramatic, the chemistry of the two megastars sells the story. rene clement would later go on to direct the harrowing 'forbidden games.' a curiosity for completists, but all parties involved have produced other, more notable work.

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