The Betrothed (The Movie)

The Betrothed (The Movie)

The adaptation of Alessandro Manzoni’s novel, one of the most important pieces of Italian literature, pictures the piety and suffering of the people of Como in times of plague. The wedding between two peasants, Renzo and Lucia is foiled by Don Rodrigo, a squire who wants Lucia for himself. The couple have a friend in Friar Cristoforo who always appears in the perfect moment at the perfect place. He helps the two betrothed to escape, Lucia to a convent in Monza and Renzo to Milan.

Lucia is kidnapped and brought to the Innominato, a friend of Rodrigo, but he repents before the saintly Cardinal Federico Borromeo. The plague breaks out and amidst all chaos, Renzo sees Lucia and rushes to meet her. Again, friar Cristoforo, appears just in time, absolves Lucia from her chastity vow and they can get married. The final scene presents the young couple witnessing the miracle of rain at the prayer of Cristoforo.

The music, the actors and the story describe the value of faith and perseverance even when all hope seems lost and reminds me of 1st Corinthians 13,7:

[Charity] beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.


  • Original title: I Promessi Sposi
  • Original language: Italian
  • Starring: Gino Cervi (as Lorenzo), and Dina Sassoli (as Lucia).
  • Genre: Drama, historical movie
  • Release date: 1941
  • Public: Adults, teenagers
The Betrothed (The movie)