LA CORONA NEGRA (1951)
aka The Black Crown
Article 2941 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 5-27-2009
Posting Date: 9-2-2009
Directed by Luis Saslavsky
Featuring Maria Felix, Rossano Brazzi, Vittorio Gassman
Country: Spain / France
A woman loses her memory after killing her husband. Her former lover shows up to try to get her to reveal where her husband kept some jewelry.
I have to thank the author of a user comment on IMDB for the above plot description; I couldn’t make heads or tails of the story from my copy, which is in unsubtitled Italian. It’s based on a story by Jean Cocteau, and had Cocteau directed, it would have been at least more visually compelling than this one is. Obviously, I can’t evaluate this one at all, so I’ll just say that the fantastic content itself is pretty slight; it’s mainly relegated to a dreamlike opening sequence and some fortune-telling that crops up at one point.
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