Maddalena (1971)

Director
Jerzy Kawalerowicz

Main cast
Lisa Gastoni; Eric Woofe; Ivo Garrani; Umberto Orsini

Genres
Drama, Romance

Description
The love story between a free-spirited girl and a priest.


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