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"Sandra" - 1965

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I'm been trying to track down this Luchino Viscounti film for many, many years.

But it must've fallen through the cracks, because I was never able to find it.

I do know that I had seen it, but had only the vaguest memory of it.

Well, I have finally found the film - on youtube, of all places.

It's an excellent print, too - but it has been dubbed into English.

It stars two of the most beautiful people in cinema in the sixties - Claudia Cardinale and Jean Sorel.

It's in black and white and it is very, very elegant.

It is also very dark and very brooding.

It starts with a sudden visit of a recently-married young woman to her home, which she hasn't been to in a long time.

It is still maintained by an elderly housekeeper as her dead father's estate made provisions to keep it up.

And her brother, whom she hasn't seen for some time, visits that home, too.

When the four of them get together - wife, husband, brother, housekeeper - and, then, later, the crazy mother and her second husband - the film hits you with a forbidding sense of dread/even doom.

When, finally, the film's overwhelming "secret" is revealed, it is - what should I say? - "a doozy" of a secret.

But I wouldn't want to reveal that family secret and spoil anybody's enjoyment of the film's ups and downs.

I could give you a hint.

But it's better, I think, that you are unprepared for it.

Of course, you might guess it before it is actually revealed.

The ending is total wreckage - and is totally devastating.

Viscounti and company do one hell of a job. 

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Even at the end of this intriguing film, you cannot say for certain that you know Sandra's "secret".
 

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7 hours ago, rayban said:

Even at the end of this intriguing film, you cannot say for certain that you know Sandra's "secret".
 

I see nobody else commented, so this must be a very obscure film. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. It sounds most interesting, Ray.

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1 hour ago, rayban said:

It's so difficult to believe that a Luchino Viscounti film could have fallen into such obscurity.

Yes. I suppose there is some (unlikely) reason for it.

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