• Italy
  • 1955
  • 100 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Italian

In The White Angel,, Raffaello Matarazzo’s sequel to his blockbuster Nobody’s Children, the perpetually put-upon Guido and Luisa (Amedeo Nazzari and Yvonne Sanson) return for a new round of trials and tribulations. This time, the reversals of fortune are even more insanely ornate, a plot twist involving doppelgängers beats Vertigo to the punch by three years, and the whole thing climaxes with a jaw-dropping women-in-prison set piece.


Count Guido CanaliAmedeo Nazzari
Lina Mercolin/Sister Addolorata (Luisa)Yvonne Sanson
Elena CaraniEnrica Dyrell
PoldoAlberto Farnese
FloraFlora Lillo
Mario La TorrePhilippe Hersent
Advocate RossiNerio Bernardi
Dr. MariniVirgilio Riento
Prison wardenEmilio Cigoli
AldaRosalia Rendazzo
Mother SuperiorOlga Solbelli

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 »


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 »


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