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The Most Beautiful Wife

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  • Actors: Alessio Orano, Ornella Muti, Tano Cimarosa, Joe Sentieri, Enzo Andronico
  • Directors: Damiano Damiani
  • Writers: Damiano Damiani, Enrico Ribulsi, Sofia Scandurra
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Noshame
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HT3QBY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,001 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Most Beautiful Wife" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Introduction by director Damiano Damiani
  • "Sicily, Ornella, The Mafia and Beyond" featurette  - interviews with director Damiano Damiani, assistant director Mino Giarda, editor Antonio Siciliano, star Alessio Orano and director of photography Franco Di Giacomo.
  • Booklet with liner notes and talent bios

Editorial Reviews

What's your idea of justice... have you ever thought about it?

Spurning the advances of a Mafia don's cruel nephew, a beautiful peasant girl is punished for upholding her family's honor by being abducted and robbed of her virginity. Rebuked by her own parents and incurring the wrath of her village, the girl reports her rape to the local police, shattering centuries-old traditions in her unyielding quest for justice.

Damiano Damiani's THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WIFE marked the film debut of gorgeous Italian actress Ornella Muti (THE NUNS OF ST. ARCHANGEL, FLASH GORDON) and also features a strong performance by Alessio Orano (LISA AND THE DEVIL, THE KILLER MUST KILL AGAIN). Filmed on location in Sicily, this adult drama anticipates both THE GODFATHER and PRIZZI'S HONOR, and is based on a true police case that changed the course of Italian law during the 1960s. Shot by giallo specialist Franco Di Giacomo (FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET, WHO SAW HER DIE?), this gritty and hard-hitting film also benefits from one of the great, unheralded Euro-Cult scores of Ennio Morricone.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pork Chop on February 3, 2008
Format: DVD
a"La Moglie piu bella ... The most beautiful wife", filmed by Damiano
Damiani, in 1969 and 1970 is a remarkable movie even 37 years later,

The cinematographical quality is excellent, from the sharpness of the
images, the quality of the dialog, and the generous wide-screen
presentation of the filming. The picture, in color, doesn't seem to
have aged, except for the vehicles shown in the streets, mainly Fiat
compacts and Alfa Romeus.

Clearly, Ornella Muti is the star of this picture, by her natural
acting ability, charisma, confidence and ability to blend into the
story, playing a peasant 15 year old girl, who's a mobster's object
of desire in rural Sicily.

Alessio Orano, with his youthful looks, yet sinister inner demons,
plays a man who decides to forcibly compel Ornella into marriage,
despite his belligerant, aggressive, arrogant, self-centered

The movie is not so much a love story, or even, a mobster story, but
a unique love tragedy, apparently based in a poor and small farm town
of perhaps 4,000 residents.

With so many movies candy-coating romance, the director chose a more
realistic approach, standing out for this reason.

The underworld presence ( organized criminal gangs) and its
associated corruption of public works contracts, influence peddling
on public officials, and manipulation of the criminal justice
system, is acknowleged in this Sicilian location.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Amazzini on June 12, 2012
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Director Damiano Damiani always had political subtexts in his genres of films but comes to fruition in this powerful tale of justice and honor. Based on a true police case which occurred in the sixties and supposedly changed Italian law, Damiani and screen writers Enrico Ribulsi and Sofia Scandurra fictionalize the facts and show how a small Sicilian town which was partially destroyed by an earthquake is taken over by the mob forcing people who are loyal and who look the other way to live in shacks as they play overlords with their lives. Arrogant Vito meets up with a woman who is more than he bargained for in Francesca , the daughter of a poor family in the town, and who he wants to acquire as his next possession. With beautiful cinematography by Franco Di Giacomo and a haunting underrated music score by Ennio Morricone, Damiani forces the audience to act as the statue holding the scales of justice as strong willed Francesca battles Vito against the violence he enacts culminating in the rape of her essence and her growth as the first woman of the town to fight back against her violation. The performances are excellent, handsome Alessio Orano who graced Director Mario Bava's haunting masterpiece 'LISA AND THE DEVIL'-1973 and beautiful Ornella Muti in her first screen role linger on the screen long after the final fadeout. Damiani would go on to direct the excellent 'CONFESSIONS OF A POLICE CAPTAIN' the following year. It is more the pity that the company NO SHAME FILMS is no longer for they always cared about their product giving excellent transfers with English subtitles, informative interviews with the filmmakers who are still living and a booklet with cast and director filmographies. This release is no exception with a gorgeous 2.Read more ›
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5 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ramiro Aguilar Torres on May 8, 2007
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The first plane of the Ornella's eyes is beautiful. The argument it is rude but well basted. In the end: the doubt: caprice or justice. Good movie.
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