Piccolo mondo antico

Piccolo mondo antico (literally: Little Ancient World), also known as Old-Fashioned World , is a 1941 Italian drama film directed by Mario Soldati and based on the 1895 novel The Little World of the Past by Antonio Fogazzaro.

Piccolo mondo antico
Film poster
Directed byMario Soldati
Produced byCarlo Ponti (uncredited)
Written byAntonio Fogazzaro (novel)
Mario Bonfantini (adaptation)
StarringAlida Valli
Music byEnzo Masetti
CinematographyArturo Gallea (outdoors)
Carlo Montuori (indoors)
Edited byGisa Radicchi Levi (uncredited)
Distributed byIndustrie Cinematografiche Italiane
Release date
10 April 1941
Running time
106 minutes
CountryItaly
LanguageItalian

Plot summary

During the Italian Risorgimento (mid-nineteenth century), in Austrian-occupied Lombardy, Franco Maironi (Massimo Serato), a young man of noble descent, decides to marry Luisa (Alida Valli), a humble clerk's daughter, against his grandmother, the Marquess Orsola Maironi's wishes. The old lady makes the life of the newly married couple miserable (she destroys the will which would grant Franco his wealth, and causes Luisa's uncle to lose his job, as he was helping them). In the meantime, Luisa gives birth to little Maria. Franco is forced to go to Turin in search of a job. During his absence, a terrible tragedy upsets Luisa's life: her daughter drowns in Lake of Lugano and the woman is driven to the brink of madness. Franco returns home for a short time but Luisa reacts coldly towards him. During the Second Italian War of Independence Franco becomes a volunteer soldier in the fight against Austrian and again meets his wife by Lake Maggiore. Despite Luisa's coldness, Franco is sure she still loves him. Aware that he might die in the war, he makes love to her one last time, leaving her pregnant.

Cast

ActorRole
Alida ValliLuisa Rigey Maironi
Massimo SeratoFranco Maironi
Ada DondiniLa marchesa Orsola Maironi
Annibale BetroneZio Piero
Mariù PascoliMaria Maironi
Giacinto MolteniIl professore Beniamino Gilardoni
Elvira BonecchiLa signora Barborin Pasotti
Enzo BiliottiIl signor Pasotti
Renato CialenteVon Greisberg
Adele GaravagliaLa signora Teresa Rigey
Carlo TamberlaniDon Costa
Giovanni BarrellaIl curato di Puria
Nino MarchettiPedraglio, il cospiratore
Giorgio ConstantiniL'avvocato di Varenna
Jone MorinoDonna Eugenia
Anna CarenaCarlotta, la cameriera della marchesa
Domenico Viglione BorgheseDino


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