A Tale of Five Cities

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A Tale of Five Cities
A Tale of Five Cities FilmPoster.jpeg
A poster bearing the film's US title: A Tale of Five Women
Directed by Romolo Marcellini
Emil E. Reinert
Wolfgang Staudte
Montgomery Tully
Géza von Cziffra
Irma von Cube
Written byMaurice J. Wilson
Jacques Companéez
Patrick Kirwan
Richard Llewellyn
Alexander Paal
Piero Tellini
Günther Weisenborn
Produced by Ermanno Donati
Boris Morros
Alexander Paal
Paul Pantaleen
Maurice J. Wilson
Starring Bonar Colleano
Gina Lollobrigida
Eva Bartok
Edited by Maurice Rootes
Music by Hans May
Release date
  • 1 March 1951 (1951-03-01)
Running time
86 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom
West Germany

A Tale of Five Cities (Italian : Passaporto per l'oriente and released as A Tale of Five Women in the US) is a 1951 British-Italian international co-production drama film directed by Romolo Marcellini and five other directors. [1] The five cities cited in the title are: Rome, Paris, Berlin, London, and Vienna. [2]



Englishman Bob Mitchell leaves his longtime home in America to enlist in the Royal Air Force. After the war has ended, a drunken accident in a Berlin nightclub results in his losing his memory. As he has no identity tags, doctors mistakenly repatriate him to America, where magazine writer Lesley learns of his condition. The only evidence of his past that he has is a set of five bank notes from different countries, each signed with a woman’s name. Lesley’s magazine sponsors a trip for him to visit the five countries where the bank notes were issued, hoping he'll learn crucial details of his identity.



Shooting took place at the Riverside Studios and Walton Studios as well as on location around the various cities. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Don Russell, Jean d'Eaubonne, Fritz Jüptner-Jonstorff and Walter Kutz. [3]

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