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A woman fell




Dina, pregnant, is left by her boyfriend Giovanni who, yielding to the pretensions of his mother, marries a rich woman. The girl flees to Milan where she plans to have an abortion and, for this purpose, turns to a doctor, Roberto Frassi, who dissuades her and assists her in pregnancy. Having become the mother of a boy,Dina finds work as a wearer at a fashion house. Soon she is noted for her elegance and adventure and this gives her many spasms, among them Fabbri rich industrialist who at the end of a vigil, asks her to marry him promising her a comfortable life. However, Dina refuses because she wants to stay with her baby. On the occasion of that feast Dina saw Dr. Frassi again after a long time; the two begin dating again, then the affection turns into love and they decide to get married. However, Dina's condition as a mother is very reproached in the doctor's family, which cuts off relations with him. Even Frassi, despite being aware of Dina's past, can't stand a son who is not his own. All these difficulties crack the serenity of the couple and cause a progressive estrangement between the two spouses. One day her ex-boyfriend's mother reappears, and she has since died. The old woman asks Dinah to adopt the child, only remember that the remains of her son. Dina initially refused with disdain, then hoping to retrieve the relationship with her husband, do you convince to accept the request. But at the last moment thinks better of it and, distraught, rushes to the station to try to get the child who, in his absence, was taken away. In his desperate race is hit by a truck. Will die without regain consciousness in the same hospital where she had given birth to his son.



Original title : A woman has fallen



Language : English

Year: 1941

Duration: 72 min

Gender: Dramatic

Director: Alfredo Guarini

Subject: based on the novel by Milly Dandolo

Screenplay: Ugo Betti, Sandro De Feo, Alfredo Guarini, Ercole Patti, Vincenzo Talarico, Piero Tellini, Cesare Zavattino

Producer: Scalera Film

Photograph: Ubaldo Arata

Editing: Gabriele Varriale, Dolores Tamburini

Music: Edgardo Carducci

Scenery: Gustavo Abel, Hamlet Bonetti, Paolo Reni




Performers and characters



Rossano Brazzi:  Dr. Roberto Frassi

Winner Welcome: Teresa, the housekeeper

Anita Farra: Mrs Cattaneo

Joe Frigero: John's elderly mother

Carla Martinelli: Pink wearer

Tilde Mercadalli: Nora, North

Claudio Gora: Mario Boy friends of Rosa

Giulio Panicali: Cattaneo

Luigi Pavese: Fabbri, editor

Nando Tamberlani: Nora's friend

Luigi Zerbinati: Montarone, figurine

Ennio Cerlesi: Sculptor

Enzo Gerio: ER nurses

Renato Mariani: Director of the commercial firm

Vera Rol: Roberto's friend

Nietta Zocchi: Fashion house customer

Liana Del Balzo: Neighbor

Diana Dei: Maternity ward nurse

Edda Soligo: Fashion Company Employee






A Woman Has Fallen is the film version of Milly Dandolo's novel of the same name published in 1936. Rockndolo also participated in the writing of the first version of the script, which, however, had to be redone as the producer Scalerea imposed the elimination of the figure of the ghost of Dina, whose presence was expected for the entire second half of the Movie. Filming began in Milan at the end of February 1941, with the first scenes shot at the San Siro racecourse where shots of trotting races were made, unlike the tradition of that stadium dedicated to galloping. The importance of the occasion involved the presence of the best stables and experienced jockeys involved for the occasion, while a colt born just in those days was called Isa Miranda. Other Scenes in Milan were filmed in San Babila and Via dei Capuccini, where the scene of the deadly investment of which Dina remains a victim was set. A special care was placed in the realization of the elegant costumes of the Miranda. The Troupe later moved to Rome, where the work was completed at The Theatre 2 of the Scalera plants. In this film Carla Martinelli debuted, presented by the production as "a new, graceful, actress" who, like many other young newcomers of the period, disappeared almost immediately from the screens.

"Associated Authors " was a company founded in April 1940 by several writers and screenwriters of cinema with the intention of pooling artistic work avoiding harmful competition. Among the 10 founders of this professional association were Corrado Alvaro, Leo Longanesi, Mauro Pannunzio and Cesare Zavattini.