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Plot: A French fugitive arrives in Genoa, where he becomes entangled with an Italian woman and her daughter.
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Hard to Review
It’s hard to know how good “The Walls of Malapaga” may or may not be, because the print I saw (which aired on TCM and which I’m assuming therefore is the best one available) is so horrible that it almost makes the film unwatchable. Most of the time the actors’ faces are so washed out that you can’t see them, and 50% of the subtitles are unreadable because they’re in white font against frequently white backgrounds.
But the film is good for a peek at post-WWII Europe and the daily reminders of desperation and devastation from which America was largely spared. I happened to watch a couple of Susan Hayward melodramas that came out on either side of this film around the same time I watched it, and I was struck by the huge difference between what American audiences were being sold in their movies vs. what Europeans were seeing. In American films, it’s like the war never happened, and the wealth and privilege is hard to stomach, whereas European films from the same time period seem to be about nothing but the war and the legacy it left behind.
“The Walls of Malapaga” received the annual Honorary Foreign Language Film Oscar that the Academy bestowed for a decade before introducing the competitive Foreign Language Film category that exists today.
They just don’t make movies like this anymore
Le mura di Malapaga (1949) is a Italian/French movie directed by René Clément. It stars Jean Gabin as Pierre Arrignon, a French criminal who escapes to Genoa, Italy.
René Clément was a famous French director in the mid-20th century. He is sometimes called the father of French New Wave Cinema, although the directors in the New Wave were younger than Clément.
Jean Gabin was the leading French male actor of his day. Clément and Gabin made a great team, and what resulted was a great movie. As others have pointed out, this film is a mixture of film noir and neorealism. We see film noir touches everywhere–shadows, steel bars, crimes. Neorealism was easy if you were shooting in 1949 Genoa. The rubble left behind by WW II was everywhere. People speak of “living in the rubble” or “playing in the rubble” is if this is just part of everyday life. (I assume it was part of everyday life.)
The movie also stars Isa Miranda as Marta, the Italian woman who falls in love with Pierre. She’s easy to distinguish–the beautiful, slender woman with high cheekbones. (That’s a joke, because it describes every French movie star of her day. However, she really was beautiful, and she really was a great actor.)
However, for me, acting honors go to Vera Talchi, as Cecchina, Marta’s daughter. At age 15, it couldn’t have been easy to play alongside Gabin and Miranda, but she managed it extremely well.
This film won the Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film in 1950. We saw it in 35mm at Rochester’s wonderful Dryden Theatre in the George Eastman Museum. However, it will work almost as well on the small screen. If you love film noir and 1940’s neorealism, it’s a must see. Even if those are not your favorite type of films, it’s still worth seeking out and seeing.
P.S. The Walls of Malapaga in Genoa still exist. It was hard to get information about them, because my search brought up either the movie or a restaurant in Genoa. However, I finally tracked down the fact that Malapaga was a terrible debtor’s prison for centuries. It’s these walls that physically keep Pierre from getting away. Of course, there are emotional walls as well.
Original Language fr
Runtime 1 hr 29 min (89 min) (USA), 1 hr 35 min (95 min) (France), 1 hr 44 min (104 min) (Italy), 1 hr 27 min (87 min) (West Germany)
Genre Drama, Romance
Director René Clément
Writer Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost, Cesare Zavattini
Actors Jean Gabin, Isa Miranda, Vera Talchi
Country Italy, France
Awards Won 1 Oscar. 4 wins & 1 nomination total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Optiphone)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Laboratory Laboratoires GTC, Paris, France
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm