Cielo sulla palude (1949)
Movie: Cielo sulla palude
- Director: Augusto Genina
- Stars: Rubi D’Alma, Michele Malaspina, Domenico Viglione Borghese, Ines Orsini, Assunta Radico, Giovanni Martella, Mauro Matteucci, Francesco Tomalillo, Mara Luisa Landn, Ida Paoloni, Federico Meloni, Jole Savoretti, Giovanni Sestili, Vincenzo Solfiotti
- Release Date: November 24, 1949
- Run Time: 111 min
- Genre: Drama
The scene is the Pontine Marshes, a disease-ridden region. The year is 1902. Maria Goretti, a twelve-year-old girl, lives with her parents, poor farm hands, in the house of Serenelli, a heavy drinker who has offered them board and lodging. The farmer has a son, Alessandro, aged eighteen, who is sexually attracted to the pious girl. Maria resists his advances. One day the young man can’t help it anymore: he rapes Maria before murdering her. Before she dies, Maria forgives her assailant. After her death she is canonized as a saint.