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Girl in the Window
Directed by Luciano Emmer • 1961 • Italy, France
Starring Lino Ventura, Magali Noël, Marina Vlady
Luciano Emmer, one of the unsung figures of the neorealist movement, directs this slice-of-life immigrant’s tale cowritten by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Beginning with a visceral look at the harsh working conditions of miners in the Netherlands, GIRL IN THE WINDOW transforms into a risqué love story as two of the miners—Italians Federico (Lino Ventura) and Vincenzo (Bernard Fresson)—head to Amsterdam to hit the town. In the city’s red-light district, the pair meet sex workers Else (Marina Vlady) and Chanel (Magali Noël), with whom they strike up whirlwind relationships.