Based on the story of Franca Villa and Filippo Melodia. In Sicily, as a Mafia boss leaves for prison, he advises Vito, a young man who’s his potential successor, to marry a virtuous and poor woman. Vito’s eye settles on Francesca, only 15, but lovely and self-possessed. Among her virtues are high self worth and forthright speech, so although she falls in love with Vito, she won’t bow down to him. Believing he’s losing face, he has his boys kidnap her and he rapes her. Then, he tells her he’ll still marry her. Instead, she files charges. Her parents, brother, and neighbors refuse to support her. Will she break? Will Vito continue his assaults? —IMDb
Damiano Damiani (born 23 July 1922) is an Italian screenwriter, film director, actor and writer. He was born in Pasiano di Pordenone, Friuli
Damiani began making short documentaries in the late ‘40s, and was writing and assistant directing features by the mid-’50s. He debuted as a director in 1960 with the prize-winning Il Rossetto (aka Lipstick), and over the decade helmed such offbeat films as the Alberto Moravia adaptation La Noia (aka The Empty Canvas) with Bette Davis, the occult romance La Strega In Amore (aka The Witch), and the violent spaghetti western Quien Sabe? (aka A Bullet for the General).
His contribution to the Italian political cinema, it was very important, with such films as Il Giorno della Civetta (aka The Day of the Owl), Io Ho Paura (aka I Am Afraid), Perchè si uccide un magistrato (aka How To Kill A Judge), L’istruttoria è chiusa: dimentichi! (aka The Case Is Closed, Forget It), and much more…
His later films include the crime drama Confessione… read more