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From the director of Divorce Italian Style, The Automobile, starring Italian movie icon Anna Magnani with music composed by the genius Ennio Morricone, is a classic example of 70s Italian style drama. Anna is an experienced prostitute who is perhaps a bit past her prime but has become an institution to the Roman nightlife. However, reflecting upon her life and hoping for a way out she purchases a convertible. She decides to take a trip to the beach in her new automobile and in the process ends up giving a lift to two young guys. Things deteriorate from there and she gets involved in a car accident that seems to take her right back to where she started.
This film was Magnani's last great performance and has remained very little seen outside of Italy, so RaroVideo's presentation is most welcome. Recommended. --Twitch Film
A well-acted dramedy featuring an impressive performance from Magnani, The Automobile gets a completely respectable North American home video debut from Raro, who continue to unearth interesting titles from Italy s film vaults. --Rock Shock Pop