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Alina (Koch/English-dub version)


Picture: C-     Sound: C-     Extra: D     Film: C-



Gina Lollobrigida is a star you hear much more about than see and her films have not been widely available at any one time, but she was a huge screen sensation in her time and Alina (1950) s a melodramatic potboiler melodrama that does not really go anywhere.  Not that we should judge any film on a badly dubbed English version, but the film is ultimately riding on Lollobrigida’s star and the screenplay is lame in any language.


Director Giorgio Pastina has cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli to work with, and it is his camerawork that helps to save this from being a total disaster.  Delli Colli later lensed the Spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone and knows how to shoot Lollobrigida.  It is just that this film drags and is rather predictable.  Being such a print, the full frame black & white image and Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono version of the original theatrical mono sound is not great, but maybe this will encourage someone to issue an Italian sound print.


The story of a woman substituting for her ill criminal husband in a group of thieves is mixed at best and this is not the most politically correct film.  I do not know if it works better in its Italian version and we can assume that an Italian version might have a different cut, so take the rating on this film ONLY for the English-dub we have here.  The DVD also has no extras, except information about other Koch DVDs.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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