A Violent Life (Una Vita Violenta)

Directed by Brunello Rondi, and Paolo Heusch
Year: 1962
Language: Italian with English Subtitles

Set at the end of WWII, A VIOLENT LIFE ('Una Vita Violenta') tells the story of a group of kids who live in one of the poorest, most disreputable neighborhoods in Rome. Thomas lives at the expense of others, like all his other companions, stealing and wasting time. But one day after a theft, Thomas gets arrested. When he comes out of prison he contracts tuberculosis, going through an inner struggle which changes his worldview. He begins to think about his future as a human being and vows to change his life. Hoping to become honest, Thomas gets engaged to the beautiful Irene and also decides to participate in political activity, joining the Communist Party. Then there is a sudden accident, and Thomas once again is faced with the most important challenge of his life. Based on Pier Paolo Pasolini’s second novel.

Franco Citti
Serena Vergano
Enrico Maria Salerno
Angelo Maria Santiamantini

Directed by Paolo Heusch and Brunello Rondi