The Most Beautiful Wife

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The Most Beautiful Wife
Directed by Damiano Damiani
Written by Damiano Damiani
Enrico Ribulsi
Sofia Scandurra
Starring Ornella Muti
Alessio Orano
Tano Cimarosa
Pierluigi Aprà
Joe Sentieri
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Franco Di Giacomo
Edited by Antonio Siciliano
Release date
  • 12 March 1970 (1970-03-12)
Running time
108 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

La moglie più bella (Italian: The Most Beautiful Wife) is a 1970 Italian film directed by Damiano Damiani, based on the 1965 case of Franca Viola, who challenged the still frequent southern Italian custom of kidnapping and raping a prospective bride by refusing to marry her abductor.[1] It was the debut film for the then 14-year-old Ornella Muti.[2][3]



  1. ^ Flavia Brizio-Skov Popular Italian Cinema: Culture and Politics in a Postwar Society 2011 - Page 232 "Another important film discussing sexual violence against women is Damiano Damiani's The Most Beautiful Wife6 (1970), a socially committed"
  2. ^ Gian Piero Brunetta The History of Italian Cinema: A Guide to Italian Film from Its ... -- 2009 Page 229 "La moglie piu bella (The Most Beautiful Wife, 1969), Ornella Muti's debut; "
  3. ^ Stephen Gundle Bellissima: Feminine Beauty and the Idea of Italy - 2007 - - Page 194 "As a result, she reflected the opportunities that women now had, as well as the discrimination they faced. In her first film, Damiano Damiani's La moglie più bella (The most beautiful wife) in ."

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