|Directed by||Raffaello Matarazzo|
|Produced by||Goffredo Lombardo |
|Written by||Libero Bovio |
Gaspare Di Maio
Aldo De Benedetti
|Starring||Amedeo Nazzari |
|Music by||Gino Campese|
|Edited by||Mario Serandrei|
|Distributed by||Titanus Distribuzione|
|29 October 1949|
Catene (internationally released as Chains) is a 1949 Italian melodrama film directed by Raffaello Matarazzo. It had an impressive commercial success, being seen by 6 million people, one in eight Italians of the time, and was followed by a series of six other successful films directed by Matarazzo and featuring the couple Amedeo Nazzari and Yvonne Sanson. The film was remade in 1974.
Plot and outline
A husband kills his wife's ex-boyfriend, who was blackmailing her. He flees to America, but is sent back to Italy to stand trial. The only way he can be set free is if his wife confesses to adultery – so the murder can be considered a crime of passion – but this estranges her from her family. Starring Amedeo Nazzari and actress of Greek origin Yvonne Sanson. Maligned by critics because it did not conform to precepts of neorealism, this did not prevent its unexpected box office success.
- Amedeo Nazzari: Guglielmo
- Yvonne Sanson: Rosa
- Aldo Nicodemi: Emilio
- Teresa Franchini: Anna Aniello, mother of Guglielmo
- Aldo Silvani: prosecutor
- Roberto Murolo: emigrant
- Gianfranco Magalotti as Tonino Aniello
- Rosalia Randazzo as Angela Aniello
- Nino Marchesini as L'avvocato difensore
- Lilly Marchi
- Amalia Pellegrini
- Giulio Tomasini
- Rossella Riccobono (2011). The Poetics of the Margins: Mapping Europe from the Interstices. Peter Lang, 2010. ISBN 978-3034301589.
- Gino Moliterno (2009). The A to Z of Italian Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0810868960.
- Dave Kehr "The Italian Potboiler’s Master Chef", New York Times, 24 June 2011