'Tis Pity She's a Whore (film)

'Tis Pity She's a Whore
Directed byGiuseppe Patroni Griffi[1]
Screenplay byAlfio Valdarnini
Carlo Carunchio
Giuseppe Patroni Griffi[1]
Based on'Tis Pity She's a Whore
by John Ford[1]
Produced bySilvio Clementelli[1]
StarringCharlotte Rampling
Oliver Tobias
Fabio Testi
CinematographyVittorio Storaro
Edited byFranco Arcalli
Music byEnnio Morricone
Clesi Cinematografica
Distributed byEuro International Film
Release date
  • September 20, 1971 (1971-09-20) (Italy)
[citation needed]
Running time
140 minutes

'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Italian: Addio fratello crudele, lit.'Goodbye Cruel Brother') is a 1971 film adaptation of John Ford's tragedy.[2][1] It is directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, who co-wrote the screenplay, and stars Charlotte Rampling as Annabella, Oliver Tobias as Giovanni, and Fabio Testi as Soranzo.[3] The musical score was composed by Ennio Morricone.[1]


In the city of Mantua, during the Italian Renaissance, Giovanni, the son of a propertied man, is sent to study abroad having never met his sister, Annabella, who is a couple of years younger than him. After ten years of separation, the now beautiful Annabella is reunited with her brother for the first time, as adolescents. The young siblings are immediately attracted and cannot help falling in love with each other. After struggling with their feelings for some time Giovanni and Annabella begin a secret relationship, and she becomes pregnant. Knowing that the world will condemn them, Giovanni leaves his father's villa, and Annabella accepts the marriage proposal of her suitor, the wealthy noble Soranzo. After Soranzo discovers that he has been the object of a deception, he makes plans for a bloody vengeance.



Italian film critic Marco Giusti writes that Rampling undresses as much as she can, but that it is Fabio Testi's physique that is imposing: Always naked and often framed at the height of his buttocks, it is causing the spectators some embarrassment.[1] Giusti perfectly remembers the sight of Testi's big hairy buttocks on the screen of the cinema Verdi in Genoa.[1] However, Teo Mora "forced" Giusti and Enrico Ghezzi to stage it at the Teatro dell'Archivolto in Genoa.[1] Giusti acted as Soranzo, Testi's character; he has not done any theatre since.[1]


The film received two Nastro d'Argento Award nominations; Best Cinematography (Vittorio Storaro) and Best Production Design (Mario Ceroli).


  • Giusti, Marco (1999). dizionario dei film italiani STRACULT [sic]. Cles: Sterling & Kupfer. ISBN 88-200-2919-7.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Giusti 1999, p. 4.
  2. ^ Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269.
  3. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876059695.

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