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The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)

The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)
September 29, 2013 - 3:00 pm
Karen Sharpe Kramer.

Directed by Stanley Kramer

An Italian town celebrating the fall of Mussolini receives a setback with news of the advance of German troops, set on confiscating the town’s famed supply of wine.  Italo Bombolini (Anthony Quinn), named mayor for his bold denunciations of Il Duce, must now outsmart a new Fascist threat.  A boisterous and heartwarming comedy shot on location in Italy, the film is a perfect expression of producer-director Stanley Kramer’s populist humanism.

United Artists. Producer: Stanley Kramer. Based on the novel by Robert Crichton. Screenwriter: William Rose, Ben Maddow. Cinematographer: Giuseppe Rotunno. Editor: William A. Lyon. Cast: Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani, Virna Lisi, Hardy Kruger, Sergio Franchi. 

35mm, color, 138 min.