Today at The Clinton: Tuesday, Dec 7

Church of Film presents MALOMBRA

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Church of Film is a weekly gathering for the reverence and worship of cinema programmed and hosted by local cinephile Muriel Lucas.

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Church of Film presents MALOMBRA


MALOMBRA (1942, Mario Soldati) is the a decadent gothic melodrama, a precursor to the high dramas of Luchino Visconti that has the eerie elegance of Hitchcock’s Rebecca.

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Mario Soldati
135 minutes

Marina (Isa Miranda, Italy’s answer to Dietrich and Garbo) is relegated to the secluded castle of her uncle. Passionate and deeply troubled, she becomes convinced that she is the reincarnated spirit of her great uncle’s wife, Cecilia, who died a tragic death. When a young writer makes his entrance at the castle, she is certain that he is Cecilia’s reincarnated lover and attempts to lure him into a strange web of sex and revenge. 

Special Admission

$6 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.