A relatively faithful adaptation of Carlo Cassola’s 1960 novel La ragazza di Bube; but its atmosphere is distinctly different, as the protagonists Mara and Bube, adolescents in the book, are interpreted here as young adults.
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Post-War Italian Cinema! Even though this was made in 1964 it is in black and white and takes place 1944-45. The war has ended but the fascists have not disappeared and George Chakiris is a Partisano with some scores to settle. His role here isnt that different from his role in West Side Story; instead of feuding with the Jets, he's got a grudge to settle with fascists. Starring Claudia Cardinale, she's fabulous. 4++