The Cliff of Sin

"The cliff of sin" of '50, directed by Roberto Bianchi Montero, was a film made especially in the municipality of Forio, the unmistakable image of the Church of Soccorso. It tells the story of a woman to ruin an entire country, Ischia. (Mereghetti, 2002). The island is crucial to support the film, which, though attended by Gino Cervi, is quite labile in the plot.


  •  Release date(s) 1950
  •  Genre DRAMA FILM
  •  Running time  93 Min


  •  Starring: Virginia Balistrieri, Gino Cervi, Augusto Ciabatti, Silvia Fazi, Margaret Genske
  •  Photography: Carlo Nebiolo
  •  Music: Alberto De Castello



Silvano, a man of mature age, sickly and misanthropic, addicted to alcohol, lives alone in his hut. One day reappears in the island Stella, a young woman of dissolute life, which has been the bane of Silvano. She goes to him, trying to seduce him again, but when she sees the old man only wants to hide the stash, causes a dose of medicine so strong as to cause death. Stella is so mistress of the hut and the hoard, and took to the country, manages to seduce Paul, a young fisherman. He, experiencing the charm of the sorceress, neglects his girlfriend and gets involved in shady dealings of a band of smugglers. Michele, suddenly back in the country, imposes Paul to fulfill his promise to his sister, but then surrenders himself to the seduction of Stella, which in turn becomes her lover. Involved in the smuggling, Michele is at first arrested, then released after some time. He went to the hut of Stella, surprises her with Paul, between the two men kindled a violent brawl. Stella, which seeks to foster Michele, is rejected and falls into the sea. Missing the enchantress, the two men are forced to shake hands: the island returns in peace.

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Info on Ischia island

  • Surface: 46 Kmq
  • Hight: 789 mt
  • Lat.: 40° 44',82 N
  • Long.: 13° 56',58 E
  • Periplus: 18 miglia
  • Coasts: 51.2 Km
  • Cities: 6
  • Inhabitants: 58.029


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