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The Brigand

Original title
Il brigante (The Brigand)
Year
Running time
143 min.
Country
Italy Italy
Director
Screenwriter
Renato Castellani (Novel: Giuseppe Berto)
Music
Nino Rota
Cinematography
Armando Nannuzzi (B&W)
Cast
Producer
Cineriz, Rizzoli Film
Genre
Drama
Synopsis / Plot
Michele Rende (Adelmo Di Fraia) is both a town legend and a hot-tempered young man who is thrown in prison after being accused of a murder he did not commit. Unwilling to submit to trial, Michele escapes and heads up into the hills, from which vantage point he helps poor farmers to carry out the illegal acquisition of unused farm lands. A local boy, Nino (Francesco Seminario) has come to worship Michele like a real hero and later, Michele falls in love with Nino's sister. It is this last relationship that eventually leads to tragedy for all concerned.
Awards
1961: Venice FIPRESCI
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