Vulcano (1950) AKA Volcano


In accordance with postwar Italian law, prostitute Maddelena Natoli is sentenced to spend the rest of her life in disgrace in her hometown. Returning to the island of Vulcano, Maddelena tries to connect with her younger sister  and brother, who greet her with hostility. Her only solace is the love of deep-sea diver Donato, whose own past is as checkered as Maddelena’s. The story is resolved by Mother Nature herself, during a spectacular volcanic eruption.

Director: William Dieterle. AKA Volcano
Writers: Renzo Avanzo (story), Mario Chiari (adaptation), Piero Tellini, Victor Stoloff & Vitaliano Brancati (dialogue and screenplay), Erskine Caldwell (uncredited).
Stars: Anna Magnani, Rossano Brazzi, Geraldine Brooks, Eduardo Ciannelli, Adriano Ambrogi, Lucia Belfadel, Cesare Giuffrè, Rosina Galli, Enzo Staiola, Francesco Cupane, Ignazio Consiglio.

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Note: I’ve been told that both versions are very different, to the point that they are almost different films, so if you can watch both.

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  1. Tony C
    September 5, 2019

    You never cease to amaze me, Jon!

  2. James558
    September 5, 2019

    Gosh, Jon, you’re the best!

    Plenty of gems this week!

  3. JimmyR
    October 18, 2019

    Been looking for this movie for years. Thank you.

  4. January 7, 2020

    Good movie. The synopsis above is misleading. Maddelena’s younger sister and brother aren’t hostile towards her. They don’t know why she has come back. But all the women on the island know and they treat her like dirt. She’s not in love with Donato. She knows he’s a scoundrel so really her only solace is that she may be able to save her younger sister from him. I prefer the subtitled version though the dubbed version has some additional scenes including, I think, a better ending. Some of the plot points are made more explicit in the dubbed version though much of the dialogue regarding Maddelena’s former occupation was changed I presume to comply with the puritanical Hays Code.

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