Cinema: Young Love--Sicilian Style

Seduced and Abandoned. The girl's name is Agnese, a raven-haired sylph with the face of a Botticelli angel. Head high, eyes cast demurely downward, she moves with easy grace through the cobblestone streets of the small Sicilian village while the camera follows, falling slowly in love with her. So does the audience. Thus Director Pietro Germi eases smoothly into a black and bitter tragicomedy that shows his worldly, wildly wicked Divorce—Italian Style to be an exercise in restraint. In Seduced and Abandoned, by contrast, Germi's underlying despair keeps burning to the surface. "This time," he explains, "I would like the public...

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