Sicily 18th century, Marianna Ucria is a 12-year-old deaf-mute from an aristocratic family of Palermo. Aged 13, she is married to a middle-aged uncle, Duca Pietro. She is repulsed by him, but at 16 years she already gives him three daughters. During her 20s she is instructed by a French tutor, which teaches her philosophy and all the new ideas that tour around Europe. She also has to manage, after Pietro’s death, a relationship with her servant’s brother (and following scandal). In her mature age she finally discovers and understands the terrible secret behind his handicap. —IMDb
Roberto Faenza (born February 21, 1943 in Turin, Italy) is an Italian film director. Born in Turin in 1943, Roberto Faenza received a degree in Political Science and a diploma at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia.
He made his directing debut in 1968 with the international success, Escalation, a film that describes the different sides of power through the relationship between a middle-class father and his hippie son. Immediately after that he directed H2S, an angry apology of the 1968 movement, seized two days after its release and not distributed since. Upon this sequestration he travelled to the United States to teach at the Federal City College of Washington DC.
In 1978 he directed Forza Italia!, a ferocious satire on the power of the Italian Christian Democrat party covering thirty years of Italian political history. The film was withdrawn from the theatres on the day Aldo Moro, President of the Christian Democrats, was kidnapped, and remains banned for over… read more
Un totale spreco produttivo tra costumi e scenografie, comunque più da fiction televisiva che cinematografici ma che ovviamente non bastano per sostenere sceneggiatura, regia e quindi recitazione a dir poco zoppicanti. Quasi completamenfe persi nel nulla gli interessanti spunti narrativi del romanzo.