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    Little Ancient World (Piccolo Mondo Antico)

    Presented by at Harvard Film Archive

    September 25, 2011


    Little Ancient World (Piccolo Mondo Antico)

    Directed by Mario Soldati. With Alida Valli, Massimo Serato, Ana Dondini
    Italy 1942, 35mm, b/w, 106 min. Italian with English subtitles

    Though little-seen in the US since its release during WWII, Italy's equivalent to Gone With the Wind was also inordinately popular, imbued with nostalgia and based on a novel that set a melodramatic romance against a backdrop of major historical events. The events here are those of the Risorgimento, and the love and heartbreak are those of a nobleman and his humbly born beloved. Cut off by his family for marrying below his station, he faces war fighting the Austrians and a different kind of war with a vengeful grandmother and neglected wife. An established writer before turning to film, Soldati constructed Alida Valli's star vehicle and what remains his best known film.

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