The Secret of Santa Vittoria comes near being a dramatic knockout, so tempered with humor and understanding that it also becomes an idyll of war and Italian peasantry. Carrying charm, suspense, romance, the production offers Anthony Quinn at his seasoned best, a plot and unfoldment that holds the spectator.

The Secret of Santa Vittoria comes near being a dramatic knockout, so tempered with humor and understanding that it also becomes an idyll of war and Italian peasantry. Carrying charm, suspense, romance, the production offers Anthony Quinn at his seasoned best, a plot and unfoldment that holds the spectator.

Based on the Robert Crichton bestseller, its story – said to be true and to have become a legend – is simple. The people of a hill town in northern Italy are suddenly thrown into shock when apprised that a detachment of the retreating German army is to descend on their town to confiscate all their wine, their very life blood.

Screenplay painstakingly developes this conflict, to which Stanley Kramer’s direction adds fascinating character evolvement and ingenious invention.

The Secret of Santa Vittoria

Production

United Artists. Director Stanley Kramer; Producer Stanley Kramer; Screenplay William Rose, Ben Maddow; Camera Giuseppe Rotunno; Editor William Lyon, Earle Herdan; Music Ernest Gold; Art Director Robert Clatworthy

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1969. Running time: 134 MIN.

With

Anthony Quinn Anna Magnani Virna Lisi Hardy Kruger Sergio Franchi Giancarlo Giannini
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