Cinema: A Quiet Ending

A BRIEF VACATION

Directed by VITTORIO DE SICA

Screenplay by CESARE ZAVATTINI

It is a small and simple thing, this last film by the late Vittorio De Sica. Clara (Florinda Bolkan) is a poor, feverishly depressed and angry woman, the sole support of a numerous, ne'er-do-well family. One day she collapses in the heat and clamor of the factory, where she works at the hardest but best-paying job. The doctor at the clinic to which she reluctantly reports diagnoses her fever as something more than a metaphor; it is a symptom of tuberculosis. Over the objections of husband and in-laws, she goes to the...

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