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Girl With a Suitcase (1961)

Claudia Cardinale , Jacques Perrin , Valerio Zurlini  |  NR |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Claudia Cardinale, Jacques Perrin, Luciana Angiolillo, Renato Baldini, Riccardo Garrone
  • Directors: Valerio Zurlini
  • Writers: Valerio Zurlini, Enrico Medioli, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Leonardo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi
  • Producers: Charles Delac, Maurizio Lodi-Fè
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Black & White, Dolby
  • Language: French, Italian
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00028G554
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Girl With a Suitcase" on IMDb

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Incredible Claudia Cardinale June 11, 2005
You loved her as the truly exotic love interest in "The Pink Panther" (released in 1964), but here you get a chance to see her at her Roman best in this 1960 Italian film (directed by Valerio Zurlini) as she plays a beautiful young woman who, suitcase in hand, follows her ex-lover to Parma. Dressed in billowing skirts and the kind of peasant blouse apparently only found in Italian stores, she follows her ex-lover only to fall in love with his adolescent brother. This is a well-designed and planned DVD of high quality and my only problem is with two other reviews that claim to have seen this particular release (Ivy Video) but note its poor quality; I suspect they have their distributors mixed becase unlike other releases of less qualtity, this DVD is not dubbed but subtitled, something that when watching Miss Cardinale perform is very, very necessary. Although a great beauty with eventual roles in French, Italian, British, and American films, she never reached the heights of popularity associated with Gina Lollobrigida or Sophia Loren. Too bad! Of the three, in my opinion, she's the sexiest and the most fun of the lot.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars VERY POOR QUALITY DVD!!! September 4, 2004
By A.R.
I loved this 60's italian film, but... in my opinion, in this DVD the image's quality is very very poor. Really is shameful. My rate is not 1, is: 0.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie -- Terrible DVD Transfer October 3, 2004
"Girl With a Suitcase" is a relatively obscure Italian film from 1960. Claudia Cardinale stars as Aida, a small-time club singer with somewhat questionable morals. She is first seen traveling to Parma with her flashy current boyfriend. When the boyfriend abandons her at a garage, she tries to track him down in Parma. Instead, she finds his 16-yead-old brother, Lorenzo (Jaques Perrin). She starts an unusual relationship with him, and her motives remain unclear, which is the source of the drama. The film is generally interesting and well-acted - worthy of 4 stars; it even received a nomination for the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.

Unfortunately, as has been noted by a previous reviewer, the DVD transfer is abysmal. The print quality is particularly bad - early scenes are almost completely bleached out and later scenes are extremely dark, as though everyone is in shadows. In addition, only a full-screen version is available, which results in several important conversations whereby only one person is visible on-screen. Finally, the original Italian version with subtitles is not offered - this DVD is dubbed into English. The sound and dubbing are decent, but the actors all end up sounding rather flat and non-descript. It's really sad when a worthwhile movie is so poorly transferred. The DVD also has no extras.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a better version available elsewhere February 15, 2007
This film is available on dvd from more than one company. This "Saturday Matinee" edition is missing approximately fifteen minutes, its visually quality is poorer, and the subtitles are less well done. The "No Shame" edition comes as a box set of two Valerio Zurlini films (the other is "Violent Summer," 1959)and contains several important scenes lacking in the "Saturday Matinee" edition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"Girl with a suitcase" is perhaps the first film that we would label as the Italian answer to the emerging French New Wave. Regarding the moral codes at those times, the script describes the agonic desperation of an alluring woman in pursuit of her pretended happiness. Although her efforts are unfruitful, the bother of his lover tries to give her advices and consolation, but the fatality hovers that cloudy atmosphere, leaving her with just an exit door.

Valerio Zurlini (1926-1982) was one of the most mature and relevant Italian directors of his generation. He always a very low profile and his real artistic motivations always turned around the edge conditions in the human being, trapped into the well web of lies and no sense hopes signed and remarked by an understandable conviction based on twisted illusions of better and sunny horizons.

Claudia Cardinale meant for the Italian Cinema what Anna Karina for the Frenchmen, the beauty and naïve girl who always falls in love with the wrong guy, defying all kind of precepts or even good advices. Both of them were perfect for those roles in which the lost innocence and the missing faith prevailed in the social ambiance.

You really should not miss this one, as part of an important item into the evolution of the Italian cinema in those ages.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ripoff March 30, 2010
By Zola
This may be a good movie but one's enjoyment of it is destroyed by the transfer. I don't know about the USA but Britain has consumer protection laws as does Australia & Canada. Dvds of such appalling quality as this should not be allowed to be sold. This is worse than the worst pirated videos I've seen. I'm not blaming Amazon, but why isn't this Koch transfer in the same legal class as pirated videos? People shouldn't be allowed to charge people for such a product. I haven't seen such terrible video resolution since 1st generation mobile phone videos! I'm binning my copy as I wouldn't inflict in on anyone else.
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