Bride of Vengeance

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"Not since the ever famous "Kitty" has Paramount brought you Paulette Goddard in a picture as spectacular as this adventure-filled story of the strangest bridal night in history."
  • Approved
  • 1949
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 5.6  (165)

Bride of Vengeance is a 1949 period drama directed by Mitchell Leisen, starring John Lund, Paulette Goddard, and Macdonald Carey. Set in Italy during the 15th century, the film follows the story of a scheming noblewoman who marries the Duke of Milan to get revenge on the man who killed her father. The film opens with a group of peasants gathered outside a castle, waiting to see the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza (Carey). They are hoping to receive some aid for their starving families, but the Duke is too busy with his new bride, Costanza (Goddard), to pay any attention to their plight. Costanza was brought to Milan by the scheming noblewoman, Bianca (Alberta Valli), who convinced her to marry Ludovico and use her beauty and wit to manipulate him.

Bianca's plan is revealed through a series of flashbacks that show her father, a powerful nobleman, being killed by Ludovico's father. Despite her family's wealth and status, Bianca is unable to get justice for her father, and is instead sent away to a convent. She spends years plotting her revenge, and when she hears that Ludovico is in need of a wife, she sees an opportunity to get close to him and take her revenge.

Before long, Bianca's machinations start to cause trouble for Costanza, who is not aware of her true intentions. Bianca arranges for Costanza to be kidnapped by a group of mercenaries, hoping to drive a wedge between her and Ludovico. Costanza is eventually rescued, but her relationship with Ludovico is strained, and she begins to suspect that Bianca may be behind the plot.

As the tension between Costanza and Ludovico grows, Bianca's plans become more complicated. She begins to involve other members of the court in her schemes, including the villainous Cesare Borgia (John Sutton), who is eager to get his hands on Ludovico's prized horses. As the various characters conspire and plot against each other, the situation becomes increasingly dangerous, and it seems that only one side will emerge victorious.

Bride of Vengeance is a lush, visually stunning film that makes great use of its Italian setting. The cast is top-notch, with Goddard in particular turning in a strong performance as the innocent bride caught up in a web of political intrigue. The film is not without its flaws, however – the plot can be convoluted at times, and some of the characters are underdeveloped. The ending, while exciting, is also somewhat abrupt, leaving the viewer with a sense that there is more to the story that we will never see.

Despite its flaws, Bride of Vengeance is an enjoyable period drama that is sure to please fans of the genre. The film's extravagant costumes, beautiful sets, and strong performances make it a treat to watch, even if the plot can be a bit hard to follow at times. Overall, Bride of Vengeance is well worth a watch for anyone who enjoys historical dramas with a dash of intrigue and romance.

Bride of Vengeance is a 1949 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 32 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.6.

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    5.6  (165)