🎥 Five Branded Women – 1960
The Story …
In the wake of World War II, Europe stands scarred by the ravages of conflict, its once-thriving villages reduced to desolate ruins.
Amid this bleak landscape, the lives of five women from different corners of the world converge, each marked with a swastika branded on her cheek as punishment for her role in the resistance movement against the occupying forces.
Marja, a Yugoslav partisan, Marja’s spirit burns with unwavering determination. She emerges as the natural leader of the group, her strength inspiring her companions to endure …
Clara, hailing from France, Clara carries the weight of loss on her shoulders. The memory of her husband, lost to the war, haunts her every step. Lisa, an American woman far from home, Lisa clings to the dream of returning to her homeland and rebuilding her life amidst the wreckage.
Rosa, an Italian, Rosa nurtures the group with a motherly touch. She tends to their physical and emotional wounds while yearning for a return to normalcy. Sofia, the youngest of the group, Sofia, hails from Russia. Her innocence serves as a stark reminder of the devastating impact of war on the most vulnerable.
Together, these five branded women embark on an arduous journey, united by their shared suffering and a fierce determination to survive. As they traverse war-torn landscapes, they face hunger, danger, and the grim realities of a world forever changed by conflict.
Their journey becomes a testament to the indomitable spirit of the human soul, forged in the crucible of suffering. Through moments of despair and fleeting glimmers of hope, they find strength in each other’s company, their bond deepening with every challenge they overcome.
Amidst the ruins and chaos of post-war Europe, their paths cross with an American soldier, portrayed by Van Heflin. Initially a stranger in a foreign land, he becomes a symbol of hope and love amidst the darkness. His presence offers not just material aid but also a sense of camaraderie and human connection that the women had longed for.
As their collective resilience shines brightly, the women prove that even in the face of adversity, the human spirit can endure. “Five Branded Women” is a poignant exploration of friendship, hope, and the enduring power of unity.
It reminds us that in the aftermath of war, when all seems lost, the bonds of camaraderie and the spark of hope can light the way forward.
Their journey, marked by hunger, danger, and despair, ultimately becomes a testament to the enduring strength of the human heart, a beacon of light in a world that has lost its way …
- Directed by : Martin Ritt
- Written by : Ivo Perilli, Michael Wilson, Paul Jarrico and Ugo Pirro (novel)
- Produced by : Dino De Laurentiis
- Cinematography : Giuseppe Rotunno
- Music by : Angelo Francesco Lavagnino
- Distributed by : Paramount Pictures
- Release Date : March 15, 1960
- Silvana Mangano : Jovanka
- Jeanne Moreau : Ljuba
- Vera Miles : Daniza
- Barbara Bel Geddes : Marja
- Carla Gravina : Mira
- Van Heflin : Velko
- Richard Basehart : Cap. Reinhardt
- Harry Guardino : Branco
- Alex Nicol : Svenko
- Steve Forrest : Sgt. Keller
- Gérard Herter : Colonel von Elm
- Romolo Valli : Mirko
- Sidney Clute : Milan
- Pietro Germi : Partisan Commander
- Guido Celano : Drago
- Giacomo Rossi Stuart
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