The Most Beautiful Wife

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The Most Beautiful Wife

rape marriage mafia

The Most Beautiful Wife

Release Date: March 12, 1970

Year    :   1970
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Genres    :   Crime, Drama
Production Companies    :   Explorer Film '58, Produzioni Atlas Consorziate
Director    :   Damiano Damiani
Producers    :   Bruno Turchetto, Vito Di Bari, Pasquale Petricca
Writers    :   Damiano Damiani, Damiano Damiani, Enrico Ribulsi, Sofia Scandurra
RunTime    :   102 mins.

Based on the story of Franca Viola and Filippo Melodia. In Sicily, as a Mafia boss leaves for prison, he advises Vito, a young man who's his potential successor, to marry a virtuous and poor woman. Vito's eye settles on Francesca, only 15, but lovely and self-possessed. Among her virtues are high self worth and forthright speech, so although she falls in love with Vito, she won't bow down to him. Believing he's losing face, he has his boys kidnap her and he rapes her. Then, he tells her he'll still marry her. Instead, she files charges. Her parents, brother, and neighbors refuse to support her. Will she break?

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