• Italy
  • 1949
  • 94 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Italian
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After years of making mostly comedies and literary adaptations, Raffaello Matarazzo turned to melodrama with this intense tale of a tight-knit working-class family shattered by temptation. There’s a touch of noir in Chains, in which the saintly yet earthy Yvonne Sanson, as the devoted wife of a mechanic (Amedeo Nazzari), finds herself unwillingly drawn back to an ex-love who has turned to crime.

Press Notes

Press Notes: Raffaello Matarazzo’s Runaway Melodramas

June 28, 2011

In the New York Times, Dave Kehr does a good job of introducing the films of Raffaello Matarazzo: “In 1949 the cognoscenti of the film world were focused on Vittorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini, . . . Read more »


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Eclipse Series 27: Raffaello Matarazzo’s Runaway Melodramas

By Michael Koresky June 21, 2011

A dash of De Sica, a soupçon of Sirk. Call these intense soap operas neo-surrealist. Read more »