Three Steps North

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Three Steps North

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Directed by W. Lee Wilder
Produced by W. Lee Wilder
Screenplay by Lester Fuller
Story by Robert Harari
Starring Lloyd Bridges
Lea Padovani
Aldo Fabrizi
Music by Roman Vlad
Cinematography Aldo Giordani
Edited by Ruth Totz
Production
company
W. Lee Wilder Productions
Continentalcine
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • June 28, 1951 (1951-06-28)(New York City)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Italy
United States
Language English
Italian

Three Steps North is a 1951 Italian–American film noir crime film directed by W. Lee Wilder starring Lloyd Bridges, Lea Padovani and Aldo Fabrizi. The film is also known as Tre passi a nord in Italy. [1]

Film noir film genre

Film noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. Hollywood's classical film noir period is generally regarded as extending from the early 1920s to the late 1950s. Film noir of this era is associated with a low-key, black-and-white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography. Many of the prototypical stories and much of the attitude of classic noir derive from the hardboiled school of crime fiction that emerged in the United States during the Great Depression.

Crime films, in the broadest sense, are a cinematic genre inspired by and analogous to the crime fiction literary genre. Films of this genre generally involve various aspects of crime and its detection. Stylistically, the genre may overlap and combine with many other genres, such as drama or gangster film, but also include comedy, and, in turn, is divided into many sub-genres, such as mystery, suspense or noir.

William Lee Wilder was an Austrian-born American screenwriter, film producer and director. He was the brother of the film director Billy Wilder.

Contents

Plot

Dishonorably discharged after a four-year stint in a military prison for dabbling in black markets while stationed in Italy during World War II, former US soldier Frank Keeler (Lloyd Bridges) wants to discreetly recover a stash of money he buried near Amalfi prior to his arrest. However this turns out to be more difficult than expected when the police becomes interested in him and starts tailing him, while local shady characters guess the purpose of his presence.

Amalfi Comune in Campania, Italy

Amalfi is a town and comune in the province of Salerno, in the region of Campania, Italy, on the Gulf of Salerno. It lies at the mouth of a deep ravine, at the foot of Monte Cerreto, surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery. The town of Amalfi was the capital of the maritime republic known as the Duchy of Amalfi, an important trading power in the Mediterranean between 839 and around 1200.

Cast

Lloyd Bridges American film, stage and television actor

Lloyd Vernet Bridges Jr. was an American film, stage and television actor who starred in a number of television series and appeared in more than 150 feature films. He was the father of actors Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges.

Lea Padovani Italian actress

Lea Padovani was an Italian film actress. She appeared in 60 films between 1945 and 1990. She starred in the film Black Dossier which was entered into the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.

Aldo Fabrizi Italian actor and cinema and theatre director

Aldo Fabrizi was an Italian actor, director, screenwriter and comedian, best known in United Kingdom for the role of the heroic priest in Roberto Rossellini's Rome, Open City and as partner of Totò in a number of successful comedies.

Reception

Critical response

Film critic Bosley Crowther found nothing in the film that interested him, writing, "But all of the tedious maneuvering that Mr. Bridges does to recover his buried treasure, on which other criminals seem to have designs, is grimly routine and unexciting, and the pay-off, which clears up everything, is one of those fatuous fast shuffles that is acceptable only to our prim Production Code." [2]

Francis Bosley Crowther Jr. was an American journalist and author who was film critic for The New York Times for 27 years. His work helped shape the careers of many actors, directors and screenwriters, though his reviews, at times, were perceived as unnecessarily mean. Crowther was an advocate of foreign-language films in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly those of Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini.

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References

  1. Three Steps North at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. Crowther, Bosley. The New York Times , film review, June 29, 1951. Accessed: August 10, 2013.

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