Cinema: Early Germi

The Railroad Man, made in 1956 by Italian Director Pietro Germi (Divorce Italian Style, Seduced and Abandoned), is an absorbing minor drama of family life. To followers of Germi's varied career, the film holds added interest as one of the few occasions on which he cast himself in a leading role.

As actor, Germi creditably plays Andrea—a rough-handed father, a celebrated drinker and singer of songs at his favorite café, and a hell of an engineer. But at 50, Andrea's self-centered world begins to go off the track. His grown son is a layabout who seems more interested in petty rackets than...

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