'Tis Pity She's a Whore (film)

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'Tis Pity She's a Whore
'Tis Pity She's a Whore.jpg
English language poster
Directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi
Produced by Silvio Clementelli
Screenplay by Alfio Valdarnini
Carlo Carunchio
Giuseppe Patroni Griffi
Based on 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
by John Ford
Starring Charlotte Rampling
Oliver Tobias
Fabio Testi
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Vittorio Storaro
Edited by Franco Arcalli
Clesi Cinematografica
Distributed by Espectáculos Rivus
International Coproductions (USA, dubbed)
Release date
  • September 20, 1971 (1971-09-20) (Italy)
Running time
140 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Addio fratello crudele (English: Goodbye Cruel Brother), also known as 'Tis Pity She's a Whore and Peccato che sia una puttana, is a 1971 Italian romance-drama film co-written and directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi and starring Charlotte Rampling, Oliver Tobias and Fabio Testi. It is based on the tragedy with the same name written by John Ford (1586 – c. 1639).[1][2] The music was composed by Ennio Morricone.


In the city of Mantua, during the Italian Renaissance, Giovanni, the son of a propertied man, is sent to study abroad and he never meets his sister, Annabella, who is a couple of years younger than him. After ten years of separation, the now beautiful Annabella is reunited with her brother for the first time, as adolescents. The young siblings are immediately attracted and can not help to fall in love with each other. After struggling with their feelings for some time Giovanni and Annabella begin a secret relationship, and she becomes pregnant. Knowing that the world will condemn them, Giovanni leaves his father's villa, and Annabella accepts the marriage proposal of her suitor, the wealthy noble Soranzo. After Soranzo discovers that he has been the object of a deception, he makes plans for a bloody vengeance.



  1. ^ Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269. 
  2. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876059695. 

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