Girl With a Suitcase
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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.
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.
DVD to watch, but the contrasty quality of the DVD soon ruins those expectations, with its lack of crisp visual clarity and often washed-out images. The movie is still a great story to watch and features the beautiful and young Claudia Cardinale in one of her finest early Italian films (in a dubbed version). This is a fairly hard title to obtain on video and it is extremely disappointing that the releasing company didn't obtain better source material to reproduce their video from. This DVD looks a lot like an amateur copy made from either a 16mm film print or else some form of video tape original. The sketchy quality makes one of Zurlini's classic films really hard to fully enjoy. I understand that there are other reproductions of this elsewhere that made have better quality.
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Wonderful film that's debased in this edition. The print is poor, savagely cut, dubbed, and its original wide-screen image pan-and-scanned so that much detail is lost. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Van
The rating is not for the movie itself (which is wonderful), but for the poor quality of the video itself. Read morePublished on November 11, 2013 by Darrell Marlatt
I have only seen this version as it was the only one available in my local video rental store. According to Maltin the original Italian version was 135 minutes while this VHS tape... Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by Michael Berry
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. Read morePublished on March 30, 2010 by Zola
"Girl with a Suitcase" is an interesting film that draws us into two very different characters. One is a world-wise "singer" who took some time off from her occupation to follow a... Read morePublished on July 12, 2009 by Randy Keehn
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