Solitude/Solitudine (1961)

Plot: Alberto is a young, shy, fisherman who lives with his stepmother Rosa and stepbrother Paolo. Muollo, the local gangster, orders Paolo to do some shady after-hours smuggling but Alberto refuses and they end up brawling on the beach. Not long after, Muollo is found murdered and Alberto becomes the prime suspect….

Directed by Renato Polselli, Solitudine hadn’t been seen since its no doubt short theatrical run in 1961 until it was recently posted on Minerva’s YouTube channel. There are some interesting elements that tie it to the emerging crime genre, with the smuggling subplot which turns up in a number of these older thrillers such as; Francois the Smuggler by Roberto Mauri, I Contrabbandieri del Mare/Smugglers of the Seas and Manu the Smuggler by Andre Cayette. The same theme would re-emerge in the 1970s in Roberto Girometti’s Mafia, Una Legge Che Non Perdona and the probably more well-known The Naples Connection by Lucio Fulci.

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