Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Girl with a Suitcase|
Actors: Jacques Perrin, Claudia Cardinale
Director: Valerio Zurlini
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
The delectable Claudia Cardinale?s first starring role is superlative, knowing and naïve, sexy and innocent.. As the GIRL WITH A SUITCASE, Cardinale is Aida, a poor but upstanding young woman, valiantly struggling to pr... more »
VERY POOR QUALITY DVD!!!
A.R. | Florida | 09/05/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this 60's italian film, but... in my opinion, in this DVD the image's quality is very very poor. Really is shameful. My rate is not 1, is: 0."
Good Movie -- Terrible DVD Transfer
Westley | Stuck in my head | 10/03/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
""Girl With a Suitcase" is a relatively obscure Italian film from 1960. Claudia Cardinale stars as Aida, a small-time club singer with somewhat questionable morals. She is first seen traveling to Parma with her flashy current boyfriend. When the boyfriend abandons her at a garage, she tries to track him down in Parma. Instead, she finds his 16-yead-old brother, Lorenzo (Jaques Perrin). She starts an unusual relationship with him, and her motives remain unclear, which is the source of the drama. The film is generally interesting and well-acted - worthy of 4 stars; it even received a nomination for the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.
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.
The Incredible Claudia Cardinale
Peter Loewer | Asheville, NC | 06/11/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You loved her as the truly exotic love interest in "The Pink Panther" (released in 1964), but here you get a chance to see her at her Roman best in this 1960 Italian film (directed by Valerio Zurlini) as she plays a beautiful young woman who, suitcase in hand, follows her ex-lover to Parma. Dressed in billowing skirts and the kind of peasant blouse apparently only found in Italian stores, she follows her ex-lover only to fall in love with his adolescent brother. This is a well-designed and planned DVD of high quality and my only problem is with two other reviews that claim to have seen this particular release (Ivy Video) but note its poor quality; I suspect they have their distributors mixed becase unlike other releases of less qualtity, this DVD is not dubbed but subtitled, something that when watching Miss Cardinale perform is very, very necessary. Although a great beauty with eventual roles in French, Italian, British, and American films, she never reached the heights of popularity associated with Gina Lollobrigida or Sophia Loren. Too bad! Of the three, in my opinion, she's the sexiest and the most fun of the lot.
A better version available elsewhere
Thomas H. Simpson | Evanston, IL United States | 02/16/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This film is available on dvd from more than one company. This "Saturday Matinee" edition is missing approximately fifteen minutes, its visually quality is poorer, and the subtitles are less well done. The "No Shame" edition comes as a box set of two Valerio Zurlini films (the other is "Violent Summer," 1959)and contains several important scenes lacking in the "Saturday Matinee" edition."