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Complete credited cast:
Tito Schipa ...
Aldo Marini
Georgette / Giorgetta
André Lefaur ...
Panival / Panivale
Louise Carletti ...
Jean Servais ...
Maxime / Massimo
Pierre Sergeol ...
Dédé / Dedè
André Burgère ...
L'avocat / L'avvocato
José Squinquel ...
Laurent / Laurenti
Enrico Glori ...
Maurice Castel ...
Le président du tribunal / Il presidente del tribunale
Pierre Juvenet ...
Le procureur / il procuratore
Joffre ...
L'aumônier / Il capellano (as Jean Joffre)
Marie Glory ...
Hélène / Elena


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Release Date:

9 February 1939 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Een banneling keerde terug  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film was shot (in Cinecittà) with both French and Italian actors, all appearing in both versions. All French actors are dubbed in the Italian version and vice-versa. The Italian version of the film, known as "Terra di fuoco" was released in Italy in February 1939. French cinema-goers had to wait until October 1942 to see it. See more »

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It's the voice that counts.

(Some spoilers) TERRA DI FUOCO/TERRE DE FEU/LAND OF FIRE was created as a vehicle for the great Italian lyric tenor Tito Schipa, and the best parts of the movie are those in which he sings. Unfortunately those parts are excruciatingly few. The rest of the movie is a turgid melodrama about a tenor named Berti, a famous opera singer, who is so saturated with the dramatic performance he gives on stage, that upon return to his dressing room, he kills a man he finds there with his wife, when he thinks that he is her lover. This startling bit of precipitous action lands him, after the trial in which he is found guilty, in a penal colony in Tierra del Fuego. I don't know why he was sent there in particular, since much of the film seems to be set in Italy and in France in this French-Italian co-production directed by Marcel l'Herbier. Of course "Tierra del Fuego" would be the title in Spanish, and might have helped with the market in Argentina, where Schipa was well-known. Anyway, after atoning for his sins through hard labor and singing an Ave Maria for the prisoners, and the passing of about ten years, he is released and spends some time in Buenos Aires and then as a light-music performer in Paris. Later he returns to Rome, is re-united with his wife. The daughter she had is really is (he had had his doubts) and the three seem to have happy days ahead of them. All this happens after a comeback performance in Massenet's WERTHER at the Rome Opera, in which he is first hooted as a criminal, and then subsequently applauded through the intercession of his future son-in-law. Like Beniamino Gigli, another great tenor who made films in the 1930s and 1940s, Schipa's forte is not dramatic acting, especially with banal material like this, but in singing…in singing…in singing!

I could not find any indication that this film was ever shown in the United States, although it may have played some Italian-language houses. The subtitled video I watched hailed from Australia. I was grateful for the chance to see it, because anything with Tito Schipa is worth seeing, just to hear his voice. I had the opportunity to see him in a live performance in Providence in 1962 at the Columbus Theatre, during his farewell tour.

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