• Italy
  • 1952
  • 96 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Italian

Nobody’s Children is the first half of an overflowing diptych of melodramas chronicling the labyrinthine misfortunes of a couple torn cruelly apart by fate (and meddling villains). When Guido (Amedeo Nazzari), a young count, falls for Luisa (Yvonne Sanson), the poor daughter of one of the miners who works at his family’s quarry, his mother and her nefarious henchman scheme epically to separate the two forever.


Count Guido Canali Amedeo Nazzari
Luisa Fanti/Sister Addolorata Yvonne Sanson
Countess Elisabeth Canali Françoise Rosay
Anselmo Vannini Folco Lulli
ElenaEnrica Dyrell
MartaTeresa Franchini
Don DemetrioGualtiero Tumiati
PoldoAlberto Farnese
BrunoEnrico Olivieri
AldaRosalia Rendazzo
Mother SuperiorOlga Solbelli
RinaldiEnrico Glori
Luisa’s fatherAristide Baghetti

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