Up 28,436 this week

The Spirit and the Flesh (1941)
"I promessi sposi" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  30 October 1948 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 35 users  
Reviews: 2 user

Lumbardy, Italy, seventeenth century. Renzo and Lucia's love story is jeopardized by Don Rodrigo, a wicked nobleman, who is interested in Lucia. When she refuses his attentions he has her ... See full summary »



(novel), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 20 Oct 2010
list image
a list of 339 titles
created 14 Apr 2013
a list of 92 titles
created 29 Jun 2013

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Spirit and the Flesh (1941)

The Spirit and the Flesh (1941) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Spirit and the Flesh.


Complete credited cast:
Gino Cervi ...
Dina Sassoli ...
Ruggero Ruggeri ...
Armando Falconi ...
Enrico Glori ...
Carlo Ninchi ...
Luis Hurtado ...
Evi Maltagliati ...
Ines Zacconi ...
Franco Scandurra ...
Gilda Marchiò ...
Dino Di Luca ...
Enzo Biliotti ...
Lauro Gazzolo ...
Giacomo Moschini ...


Lumbardy, Italy, seventeenth century. Renzo and Lucia's love story is jeopardized by Don Rodrigo, a wicked nobleman, who is interested in Lucia. When she refuses his attentions he has her kidnapped and brought to a convent whose prioress is a nun as wicked as he is. The two youths will have to go through a lot of misfortunes before being reunited and being able to marry. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »


One of the greatest love stories ever told!







Release Date:

30 October 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Spirit and the Flesh  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

| (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Version of The Betrothed (1913) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

I PROMESSI SPOSI (Mario Camerini, 1941) ***
5 April 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Alessandro Manzoni's celebrated novel "The Betrothed" is to Italian literature what "War and Peace" is to Russian or "Gone With The Wind" to American. For the record, a 9-hour adaptation for Italian TV made in 1989 attracted an all-star cast featuring Alberto Sordi, Franco Nero, F. Murray Abraham, Burt Lancaster, Helmut Berger, Valentina Cortese, Fernando Rey, etc.!

Anyway, the film version under review is the third cinematic adaptation and it was a lavish affair for its time. Being the only version I've watched and not having read the original novel, I can't judge how faithful it is to the text but it is understandable that contemporary reviews complained that it was compromised by a too-condensed second half; even so the latter stages did indeed feel choppy to me despite the film being fairly long at nearly 2 hours! The elaborate plot - taking in numerous characters and set in several cities over a period of years, covers court intrigues, the persecution of two lovers, the renunciation of love, an outbreak of pestilence (the best sequences in the film) and culminates in a miracle - is meticulously brought to life and the good performances enhance the film's every mood through romance, drama, comedy and action.

Director Mario Camerini previously handled the Vittorio De Sica series of "white telephone" films throughout the 1930s and would go on to make the enjoyable (but hardly definitive) international film version of ULYSSES (1953) with Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn. On the other hand, leading man Gino Cervi, best-known as the Communist antagonist to Fernandel's Don Camillo in a popular series of comedies, is a handsome hero here (worlds apart from the gruff and tyrannical monarch in THE IRON CROWN, made the same year!).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Spirit and the Flesh (1941) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page