Men and Wolves

Synopsis: Two young hunters of wolves are involved in a conflict. Besides the dangerous wild wolves, beautiful Teresa is the center of attention.
Genre: Drama
94 min

Men and Wolves

In Abruzzo, with the first frosts, when

flocks and shepherds leave the high ground

over which is about to stretch out

the white blanket of winter,

the mountain gorges resound

with the mournful echoes of the howls

heralding the raids

of the ravenous beasts.

Only defense against them,

the wolfers.

Professional hunters,

descendants perhaps, in the tradition,

of those warriors to whom

the ancient inhabitants would entrust

the protection of their lives and their

property in exchange for maintenance.

Even now, when they kill a wolf,

they take it with a cart

around the villages of the mountain

to gather the poor things that

the shepherds can give them as payment.

Silent and strong, like the mountains

among which they grew up,

wolfers a bit by need,

and much by atavistic passion,

these men have preserved intact,

of their precursors,

an indomitable spirit of independence

that prevents them from having a master.

They are nomads.

They appear at first frosts,

and mysteriously disappear

at the melting of the snow,

like the beasts with which

they have supported through the winter

the relentless struggle.

Go straight,

and you're right in the square.

Thank you.

And excuse the disturbance.


We arrived. Wake up, Pasqualino!

Let him sleep, I'll carry him in my arms.

- Better if he walks, so he warms up.

Pasqualino, wake up.

Come on, Pasqualino!

You see how much snow?

You felt cold, kid?

- No.

I dreamed I was at the beach!

See how grueling it is?

It was better

if you'd stayed at the village.

You would have sent for me

after 10 days, as you always did.

I know you don't like

to always come after me.

Ah, sometimes I think

I have two children instead of one!

The City of Vischio

makes known to all citizens that

it will pay the sum of 20,000 lire

to who will kill a wolf.

If it is a female,

this will yield 5,000 lire more.

Because females are worse,

they give birth to other wolves.

They're always up against females!

- 20,000 lire!

It's little.

Let's try at Corvino!

Maybe they pay more.

They won't pay more!

They weigh more than a cow.

- Come on! Well, they eat more than us!

Take it easy,

they're not sacks of potatoes.

Excuse me,

is still alive Nazareno the wolfer?

He's over there, just past the corner.

- Thanks.

Try to buy a sheep for the leghold traps.

Dad could send them

when they could go on foot,

we wouldn't spend

all this money on trucks.

They live the ladies' lives!

Winter at sea and mountains all summer.

Better off than me.

Better than you? You are the daughter

of the owner! What do you lack?


You always arrive when it's done!

Fortunately Dad's not there. Listen.

Mind you, the sheep are counted. - So?

- Don't sell them along the road!

Then, you have some money

to lend to your little brother, huh?

You think I don't know

where this is going to end?

But I want it back, got it?

And mind the sheep, don't be stupid!

Yes, I know! Close.

Excuse me, can you sell me a sheep?

Maybe ill, a reject.

We need it to lure

the wolves to the traps.

We have only good animals.

And the sheep, we buy, we don't sell.

Oh, our craft is over, my man!

But I... I have the passion.

Today, if you want to earn on a wolf,

you must take him alive.

And then you sell it to a zoo.

If only!

I'm here about ten days.

If there are no wolves, I'll go farther.

There are, there are... and you know it.

Come on, you're a brigand more than your

dad, can tell by your face. Come in.

You can settle here.

It 's just what I wanted.

We're three.

- Three wolfers?

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Giuseppe De Santis

Giuseppe De Santis (11 February 1917 – 16 May 1997) was an Italian film director. One of the most idealistic neorealist filmmakers of the 1940s and 1950s, he wrote and directed films punctuated by ardent cries for social reform. He was the brother of Italian cinematographer Pasqualino De Santis. His wife was Gordana Miletic, a Yugoslav actress and former ballet dancer. more…

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