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Luchino Visconti's directorial debut is an adaptation of James M. Cain's 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' (re-made in 1946 and then in 1981) - a tale of seduction and destruction. When a restless wife, Giovanna (Clara Calamari), meets Gino (Massimo Girotti), a rough and handsome drifter, she pursues him until they embark on a passionate affair. However, Giovanna also wants to collect a large insurance pay-off and persuades Gino to murder her husband, with the usual results. By changing the location to Fascist Italy and using new filming techniques (namely natural light and outdoor locations) Visconti's film is now seen as one of the first neo-realist films from Italy - preceeding Roberto Rossellini's 'Rome Open City' (1945) and Vittorio DeSica's 'Bicycle Thieves' (1948).
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