The White Line

Following WW II, the city of Trieste and surrounding villages were partitioned in accordance with a ruling of the International Peace Commission. Parts of the area came under Italian control and other parts under Eastern bloc Yugoslav control. A white line is drawn through a small community to delineate the division. The line meanders capriciously. A farmhouse...read more

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Following WW II, the city of Trieste and surrounding villages were partitioned in accordance with a ruling of the International Peace Commission. Parts of the area came under Italian control and other parts under Eastern bloc Yugoslav control. A white line is drawn through a small

community to delineate the division. The line meanders capriciously. A farmhouse is separated from its adjacent fields by the arbitrary division; a priest retains his church while losing his oratory. The line divides the slope down which the local children coast their wagons, to their dismay, so

they decide to do something about it. Young Staiola steals one of the boundary-making stakes. Both regimes threaten reprisals unless the missing stake is restored. When the frightened boy secretly attempts to return the stolen stake, he is shot and killed by border guards. This tragedy unites the

villagers on both sides of the border. Lollobrigida, who has been unable to choose between her East-bloc and West-bloc suitors--Vallone and Crisa--is finally able to make her decision. The slight romance detracts from the story line in this picture, which is at its best when dealing with the

children. (In Italian; English subtitles.)

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