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Angela (1955 film)

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Director  Dennis OKeefe
Music director  Mario Nascimbene
Country  United States Italy
5.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama
Duration  
Language  English Italian
Angela (1955 film) movie poster
Release date  1954 (Italy) 1955 (United States)
Writer  Dennis OKeefe (screenplay), Edoardo Anton (screenplay), Steve Carruthers (novel)
Directors  Dennis OKeefe, Edoardo Anton
Screenplay  Dennis OKeefe, Edoardo Anton
Cast  Dennis O'Keefe (Steve Catlett), Mara Lane (Angela Towne), Rossano Brazzi (Nino), Arnoldo Foà (Captain Ambrosi), Galeazzo Benti (Gustavo Venturi), Enzo Fiermonte (Sergeant Collins)
Similar movies  Blood Wedding (1941), Volcano (1950), Dennis OKeefe directed Angela and appears in Inside Detroit, Dropout (1970), Inferno (1953)
Tagline  Half devil - half angel - mistress and wife. ANGELA was all things to all men!

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Angela is a 1955 American-Italian film noir, written and directed by Dennis O'Keefe, who stars in the film as well. The drama also features Mara Lane, Rossano Brazzi, Arnoldo Foà and others. The film has a voice-over narration that tells the story in flashback, and the film noir type of Angela has been described as femme fatale with elements of betrayal and obsession.

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Plot

O’Keefe (Steve Catlett) stars as an American G.I. who remained in Italy after the war to manage a car dealership. He falls in love with a secretary (Mara Lane), and after only one date with her, she asks him to dispose of her boss’ body, who has died of a heart attack in her apartment. O'Keefe places the body in the trunk of the wrong car and watches helplessly as Lane drives away with it. O’Keefe then goes about trying to fix the situation, but a police inspector (Arnoldo Foà) and Lane’s sadistic husband (Rossano Brazzi) have ulterior motives in store for him.

Cast

  • Dennis O'Keefe - Steve Catlett
  • Mara Lane - Angela Towne
  • Rossano Brazzi - Nino
  • Arnoldo Foà - Captain Ambrosi
  • Galeazzo Benti - Gustavo Venturi
  • Enzo Fiermonte - Sergeant Collins
  • Nino Crisman - Bertolati
  • Giovanni Fostini - Tony
  • Francesco Tensi - Dr. Robini
  • Maria Teresa Paliani - Beautician
  • Gorella Gori - Nurse
  • Aldo Pini - Doorkeeper
  • Reviews and reception

    A review in The New York Times was critical of the film, stating that "Mr. O'Keefe has himself a near-dud" and "the camera seems to be waiting for the picture to catch up with it". However, the reviewer praises the performance of Arnoldo Foà as being "ahead of it" [the camera]. Hal Erickson reviewed the film for AllMovie and opined that it "lacks the pacing and punch necessary to sustain audience empathy", but O'Keefe still "knows how to frame a scene and get the most out of his largely unknown cast". The Internet Movie Database rates the film a 5.4/10, based on user reviews. Michael Keaney wrote in his book, Film noir guide, that "O’Keefe is okay as the American patsy, as is Italian romantic lead Brazzi as Lane’s sadistic husband, but the all-too-familiar plot doesn’t make the grade".

    References

    Angela (1955 film) Wikipedia
    Angela (1955 film) IMDb Angela (1955 film) themoviedb.org


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