The Shadow of the Day L'ombra del giorno
|Running Time||125 MIN|
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Giuseppe Piccioni’s thoughtful melodrama is set against the backdrop of the rise of Italian fascism in the 1930s and the increasing oppression of its Jewish community. Luciano, a WWI veteran and non-committal member of the fascist party, runs a local restaurant in the picturesque provincial town of Ascoli Piceno. Complications arise when he falls in love with Esther, a woman who works in the restaurant, secretly hiding her Jewish identity. A love triangle, a striking murder, and stellar performances by an ensemble cast including Riccardo Scamarcio (Romanzo Criminale, To Rome with Love) and Vincenzo Nemolato (Gomorrah) combine to capture the era’s oppressive atmosphere and the cost of personal survival.