The death of a wealthy patriarch in 1885 sets off an interfamily power struggle. Son Ferdinando buys out his other relatives in order to gain full control over the dead man’s property. But his nephew Amerigo holds out. Amerigo’s stance is weakened when he heads for Florence and meets a prostitute.
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Claudia Cardinale as Bianca the prostitute is another iconic figure of an all-devouring woman in 'La Viaccia'. Men, in Mauro Bolognini's imaginary world, exist only to be seduced, manipulated and destroyed by the women they're in love with. Jean-Paul Belmondo is the prey here. Highly recommended.
A parte la faccia impassibile, quasi fastidiosa di Belmondo (che diventa calda e umana soltanto nel sorriso) e la parlata toscana, un film bello per come mostra, con dolcezza e brutalità, l'impossibilità dell'amore (in ogni tempo e luogo).