La ragazza di Bube (film)

La ragazza di Bube is a 1963 Italian crime film drama directed by Luigi Comencini and starring Claudia Cardinale and George Chakiris.

La ragazza di Bube
Original film poster
Directed byLuigi Comencini
Produced byFranco Cristaldi
Written byCarlo Cassola (novel), Luigi Comencini
StarringClaudia Cardinale, George Chakiris
Music byCarlo Rustichelli
CinematographyGianni Di Venanzo
Edited byNino Baragli
Distributed byContinental Motion Pictures Corporation
Release date
Running time
106 minutes

In terms of plot the film is 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.

The film was nominated for a Golden Bear Award at the 14th Berlin International Film Festival and won best production at the David di Donatello Awards.[1] Claudia Cardinale was awarded the Nastro d'Argento for Best Actress (Migliore Attrice Protagonista) by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists for her performance in the role of as Mara.

The film was released in the United States in 1964 with the title Bebo's Girl.


Uncredited cast


In a contemporary review, Hawk. of Variety gave the film a positive review, praising Cardinale specifically in the role, declaring "it should win her solid recognition everywhere."[2] The review also praised Gianni di Venanzo's photography noting that his "chiaroscuro work on settings, as well as his fine closeups of Miss Cardinale especially, are of the highest standard."[2]


  1. " Awards for La ragazza di Bube". Retrieved 2010-02-18.
  2. Variety's Film Reviews 1964-1967. 11. R. R. Bowker. 1983. January 15, 1964. ISBN 0-8352-2790-1.

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