The Wolves (1956 film)

The Wolves (Italian: Uomini e lupi) is a 1956 Italian neorealistic drama film directed by Giuseppe De Santis.[1][2][3]

The Wolves
-Uomini e lupi-
Directed byGiuseppe De Santis
Written byGiuseppe De Santis
Tonino Guerra
Ivo Perilli
Elio Petri
Tullio Pinelli
Ugo Pirro
Gianni Puccini
Cesare Zavattini
StarringSilvana Mangano
Yves Montand
Guido Celano
Music byMario Nascimbene
CinematographyPiero Portalupi
Edited byGabriele Varriale
Release date
Running time
102 min


In a small mountain village in Abruzzo, near L'Aquila, two young wolf hunters—Ricuccio and Giovanni—arrive in hopes to collect 20,000 lire prizes for every wolf they can kill. Ricuccio finds himself charmed and entranced by the beautiful commoner, Teresa. She happens to be the wife of Giovanni and the two share a young son. The hunters risk their lives daily in the snow during the wolf hunts, only making it riskier because they are in constant conflict over Ricuccio's obvious attraction to Teresa.

After Giovanni is killed by a wolf pack while insisting on trying to capture a wolf by himself in order to collect a potential 60,000 lire selling price from a zoo, Ricuccio accompanies Teresa while they attempt to collect the bounties owed to the hunters. While the two bond, Teresa nevertheless rejects Ricuccio's marriage proposal. Afterward, Ricuccio becomes amorous with the daughter of a town elder and is threatened with the prospect of forever being alienated from Teresa, who may truly love him after all.



  1. Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876055487.
  2. Vito Zagarrio. Non c'è pace tra gli ulivi: un neorealismo postmoderno. Fondazione Scuola nazionale di cinema, 2002. ISBN 8831778307.
  3. Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269.
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