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Paolo and Francesca


The story of Francesca da Rimini, previously immortalized by Dante Alighieri and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was captured in celluloid in 1953's Paolo and Francesca. The scene is 13th-century Italy, where a truce between two warring families is secured by the marriage of elderly Giancotto Malatesta (Andrea Checchi) to young and beautiful Francesca da Rimini (Odile Versois). Malatesta sends his younger brother Paolo (Armando Francioli) to...more