The Walls of Malapaga

The Walls of Malapaga (Italian: Le mura di Malapaga, French: Au-delà des grilles (Beyond the Gates)), is a 1949 French-Italian drama film directed by René Clément and starring Jean Gabin, Isa Miranda and Andrea Checchi. It was a co-production made by Francinex and Italia Produzione, produced by Alfredo Guarini from a screenplay by Cesare Zavattini, Suso Cecchi d'Amico and Alfredo Guarini adapted by Jean Aurenche and Pierre Bost. The music score was by Roman Vlad and the cinematography by Louis Page. It was made at the Titanus Studios in Rome with sets designed by the art director Piero Filippone and Luigi Gervasi.

The Walls of Malapaga
Original French film poster
Directed byRené Clément
Produced byAlfredo Guarini
Written byJean Aurenche
Pierre Bost (adaptation and dialogue)
Cesare Zavattini
Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Alfredo Guarini (screenplay)
StarringJean Gabin
Isa Miranda
Music byRoman Vlad
CinematographyLouis Page
Edited byMario Serandrei
Italia Produzione
Distributed byMGM (1949 Italian release)
Films International (1950 US release)
Release date
16 November 1949
United States:
26 March 1950
Running time
France: 95 mins
Italy: 104 minutes
United States: 89 minutes
Box office2,018,745 admissions (France)[1]

Plot summary

Gabin is Pierre Arrignon, a French criminal, on the run who finds himself in Genoa, Italy, and falls in love with Marta Manfredini (Isa Miranda), a local woman. The film is set in Italy, and the dialogue is primarily in French.



The Walls of Malapaga was highly regarded in its day: It won an honorary Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and both Clément and Miranda won awards at the 1949 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


  1. "Walls of Malapaga". Box Office Story.
  2. "Festival de Cannes: The Walls of Malapaga". Retrieved 2009-01-09.
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