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The Nymph

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It is World War II on the outskirts of Naples. On the ground, Germans are prowling; from the air, Allied bombs are falling and even Mount Vesuvius has erupted. Miluzza, a naïve 15 year-old girl subjected to repeated abuse by the men around her is unable to escape the confines of her small village. After being orphaned she meets a young soldier who has been wounded and helps him return to his family’s farm. He falls in love and wants to marry her but his mother insists on her son marrying a virgin. Will their wedding night uphold his family’s expectations?

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Product Details

  • Actors: Stefania Sandrelli, Raoul Bova, Lucia Cara, Lorenzo Crespi, Luisa Amatucci
  • Directors: Lina Wertmüller
  • Writers: Lina Wertmüller, Domenico Rea, Ugo Pirro
  • Producers: Ciro Ippolito, Fulvio Lucisano
  • Format: Color, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: 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 Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EMGF26
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,212 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Nymph" on IMDb

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By 4-Legged Defender on August 30, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The other reviewer obviously has no familiarity with Lina Wertmuller's movies - this isn't Eurotrash of any sort. In addition, Stefania Sandrelli is the mother NOT the daughter (The Nymph) here, and I'm very sorry he didn't get the crotch shot he was looking for... That said, this is a wonderful, organic tale set during WW11 on the outskirts of Naples, where a naive 15 year-old girl is repeatedly subjected to sexual abuse by the townspeople, partially due to the fact that her mother is sexually promiscuous and her father the painfully aware cuckold tailor in the town. She gets a job at a local factory, and is again harassed by her boss. Tragedy befalls first her mother, then her father, rumors fly and the poor girl is besieged by the heartless townsfolk. And then the Germans start bombing the town...can it get any worse?

In spite of all the nasty goings-on, the film seethes with an air of optimism, and Wertmuller's cinematography of the Italian countryside and the small town are downright gorgeous. Lush colors, fantastic performances, perfect photography and a solid script make this touching tale a treasured keepsake for those who appreciate fine World Cinema.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on November 6, 2011
Format: DVD
Prettified, and eroticized! Too little eroticized for the previous reviewer from the UK, too close to exploitative child porn for my taste, wherefore I've knocked off a star. But the film IS pretty! Dilapidated poverty has never looked so picturesque as in the rugged mountain village near Naples, where this story is set. The time is mid-WW2, at the moment when an assault by either the Germans or the Americans will bring destruction to the villagers, who want nothing to do with either army. It's the Germans who eventually bombard the village and quarter their ugliest brutes there for no apparent strategic reason.

But let's get back to prettiness! The girl Miluzza, on the childhood side of fifteen years old in the early scenes and on the adult woman side of fifteen in the later scenes, is pretty in a button-nosed way, but then all the girls of the village and most of their mothers range from pretty to lovely. Lina Wertmuller was no disciple of Pasolini, who deliberately cast the homeliest non-actors he could recruit in his films. Wertmuller was a post-neorealist for sure. Her grungy or eccentric characters are all attractively grungy. The wounded young soldier whom Miluzza saves after the German assault is drop-dead handsome. Only the vile factory boss who lures Miluzza from the village to an ultra-posh hotel is physically repulsive. It's all in gorgeous color, by the way, with enchanting footage of the natural wonders of the Napolitano region, stunning sunsets and moonlit forest paths, and delightful folkloric props in abbondanza. It's a kind of soft core fairy tale, really, but an entrancing one.

Wertmuller's sociological depiction of rustic morality needs to be mentioned.
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By Katrina Alexander on November 22, 2011
Format: DVD
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What a great film! After reading the synopsis, I was actually a bit hesitant about viewing this film. However, I'm happy that I went ahead and took a chance! The film starts out a bit "if-y", but the drama starts soon enough. The film centers around a young Italian girl named Milu. Her mother is married to Milu's father. However, she is also the town whore with an "itch" that must be scratched regularly. Because of who Milu's mother is, naturally, the men assume it's in her blood to take after her mother, but Milu is nothing like her mother. She is beautiful and at the blossoming age, but she is innocent in her sexuality and beauty. Men take advantage of her and harass her constantly. After her mother's death, things only worsen for her. To top it all off, her father dies soon after, and just when you think it couldn't get any worse, she loses her grandfather as well. Through her door, enters a wounded soldier from Sicily one day. Being the generous and caring person that she is, Milu nurses Pietro back to health and helps him return home. Along the way, the two fall madly in love. However, upon introducing Milu to the family, the rumors start to fly regarding her past. Milu runs away, and Pietro finds out and rides off in the forest to retrieve her. He announces to his mother that he doesn't care about Milu's past and argues that what matters is that she nursed him back to health and made sure he arrived home safely. Pietro announces that he will marry Milu despite what is said and thought about her. The two marry, and during the festivities, Pietro slaughters a hen in hopes of using the blood for the virginal bed later in the evening. However, he soon discovers that Milu IS actually a virgin!
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By clnv66 on September 25, 2014
Format: DVD
this production is not eurotrash... but it is anout sex... and sex... and sex. the background is authentic and beautiful, the story line is appealing and thought provoking. this is all drowned out with constant graphic sex and upsurd dialog about... yup, you guessed it... sex.truely the ruin of what could of been an awesome movie in every regards. graphic sex is not sophisticated and more times then not less is more.
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