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Heaven Over the Marshes

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Original title
Cielo sulla palude
Year
Running time
111 min.
Country
Italy Italy
Director
Screenwriter
Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Augusto Genina, Fausto Tozzi (Story: Elvira Psorulla)
Music
Antonio Veretti
Cinematography
Aldo Graziati (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Arx / Film Bassoli
Genre
Drama | Biography
Synopsis / Plot
The scene is the Pontine Marshes, a disease-ridden region. The year is 1902. Maria Goretti, a twelve-year-old girl, lives with her parents, poor farm hands, in the house of Serenelli, a heavy drinker who has offered them board and lodging. The farmer has a son, Alessandro, aged eighteen, who is sexually attracted to the pious girl. Maria resists his advances. One day the young man can't help it anymore: he rapes Maria before murdering her. Before she dies, Maria forgives her assailant. After her death she is canonized as a saint.
Awards
1949: Venice: OCIC Award
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