Raffaello Matarazzo (Rome, 17 August 1909 – Rome, 17 May 1966) was an Italian film-maker. He started writing film reviews for Roman newspaper Il Tevere before re-editing scripts for the Italian film company Cines. His first films were comedies until he moved to melodrama genre and with Catene, produced by Titanus in 1949, he became the most successful Italian director. Audience loved his melodramas. Critics don’t, they said that Matarazzo made films Neorealismo d’appendice (neorealism wannabe). Lately the 70’s some film critics try to restore the lost Matarazzo’s fame. French magazine Positif loved his erotical – historical peplum Ship of Lost Women. —Wikipedia
There's nothing like lovers torn asunder by callous stepmoms, crazy exes, bastard children, nunnish duties, professional pyromania, and prison riots, especially when it's all in the name of Catholic piety to boot. If you love melodrama as much as I do, do yourself a favor and watch Eclipse Series 27: Raffaello Matarazzo's Runaway Melodramas. Hours of entertainingly absurd circumstance at its most heartfelt. Such a treat.