La sfida (The Challenge) (1958)




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3DLa Sfida3D (3DThe Challenge3D) marked the directorial debut of former screenwriter Francesco Rosi. Based on a true story, the plot concerns a young man named Vito (Jose Suarez), who harbors a grudge against the Neopolitan Mafia. At great personal risk, Vito vows to smash the mobsters who control the region's fruit and vegetable distribution. Unfortunately, the local Mafia chieftan (Pasquale Cenammo) proves to be just too powerful and well-armed for Vito to succeed. Rosanna Schiaffino contributes a powerhouse performance as Vito's wife (and, ultimately, his widow). Despite official protests from certain "business interests", 3DLa Sfida3D earned a Special Jury Prize at the 1958 Venice Film Festival. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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