Eclipse 1950: Tormento

Well, the Matarazzo flick I saw the other day was kinda insanely entertaining. So I’m getting my hopes up way too high for this one, which has

virtually no viewers.

So this is one of those really lost movies in the Criterion Eclipse series.

Oh, she’s back from the previous movie. Cool.

And that guy is back, too! Cool. They’re both really engaging actors.

The plot is deliciously melodramatic.

And then the father gets a heart attack because of course he does.

So evil!!!1!

It’s a totally shameless movie, and I love that.

This was released only four months after the previous movie, Chains, and it was another smash hit at the box office (and another critical failure, apparently).

That’s a lot of dishes!

Awkward! Of course all dishwashing stations have a huge window out into the audience. I mean corridor.

It’s like the movie just goes all in on making the scenes as melodramatic as possible, without any regard for logistics.

And I’d be hard pressed to explain what the plot actually is, but I’m all in anyway.

Then we get a little concert. I love it.

It’s amazing how Matarazzo is pulling this off. He’s just letting the actors and the preposterous plot points do their thing, and sort of keeping out of the way? I mean, all shots are framed nicely and everything, but the camera is just capturing it all without any flourishes.

And it totally works.

That’s a swell movie.

Tormento. Raffaello Matarazzo. 1950.

This blog post is part of the Eclipse series.

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