The Bandit

The film that, along with Open City, gave international prominence to Italian neorealism, this drama directed by Alberto Lattuada suggests a bleaker Italian equivalent to The Best Years of Our Livesa film about returning soldiers and their trouble readjusting at the end of World War II. Amedeo Nazzari plays a poor and unhappy veteran returning to Turin from a German POW camp; Anna Magnani plays a ruthless prostitute who seduces him into crime (1946). (JR)

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