About the film
Pact with the Devil
Release Date: January 11, 1950
|Production Companies||:||Ente Nazionale Industrie Cinematografiche (ENIC)|
|Writers||:||Sergio Amidei, Mario Serandrei, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Luigi Chiarini, Corrado Alvaro, Carlo Mazzoni|
The title of this Italian melodrama translates to Pact with the Devil. However, His Satanic Majesty does not appear in the film. Rather, this expensively produced period piece is more along the lines of Romeo and Juliet, with young love threatened by warring families. In his first Italian film, Hollywood veteran Eduardo Cianelli goes through his usual villainous paces as the scheming father of the male lead (Jacques Francois). The most fascinating performance is rendered by Umberto Spadaro, as the village idiot, or is he? Patto col Diavolo makes the most of the visual dynamics of Italy's mountainous Calabrian region.