5.9/10
114
2 user 1 critic

A Pilot Returns (1942)

Un pilota ritorna (original title)
A young Italian pilot is interned in a British prison camp after his plane is shot down during the war against Greece. He falls in love with a doctor's daughter and manages to escape during... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (dialogue) | 6 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A demon bestows on a self-righteous working photographer's camera the power to smite from the Earth "evil-doers". Naturally, the indignant photographer turns his new weapon on, one by one, ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Rossellini
Stars: Gennaro Pisano, Marilyn Buferd, William Tubbs
L'amore (1948)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the first episode, a heartbroken woman talks to her ex-lover on the phone. In the second, a pregnant woman believes she is carrying the child of Saint Joseph.

Director: Roberto Rossellini
Stars: Anna Magnani, Federico Fellini, Peparuolo
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Three allied prisoners, a Russian, an American and an Englishman, attempt to escape with the help of a young couple from Rome.

Director: Roberto Rossellini
Stars: Leo Genn, Giovanna Ralli, Sergey Bondarchuk
Year One (1974)
Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Roberto Rossellini
Stars: Luigi Vannucchi, Dominique Darel, Rita Calderoni
Garibaldi (1961)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Roberto Rossellini
Stars: Renzo Ricci, Paolo Stoppa, Franco Interlenghi
Vanina Vanini (1961)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Vanina Vanini, a bored, spoiled Roman countess, falls in love with a dedicated young patriot who is in Rome to assassinate a traitor to the brotherhood of the Free Masons.

Director: Roberto Rossellini
Stars: Sandra Milo, Laurent Terzieff, Martine Carol
Anima nera (1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A man with a past gets married and it seems that he will be able to start a new life, but an unexpected inheritance gets in the way and deteriorates the relationship with his wife.

Director: Roberto Rossellini
Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Nadja Tiller, Annette Stroyberg
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Roberto Rossellini
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Tullio Carminati, Giacinto Prandelli
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Roberto Rossellini
Stars: Augusto Basso, Elena
Fear (1954)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Irene Wagner, the wife of prominent scientist Albert Wagner, finds herself blackmailed about her affair by her lover's jealous ex-girlfriend. The plot, an experiment in causing fear, drives her into a rage.

Director: Roberto Rossellini
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Mathias Wieman, Renate Mannhardt
War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Roberto Rossellini
Stars: Alberto Tavazzi, Roswita Schmidt, Attilio Dottesio
Desire (1943)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Directors: Marcello Pagliero, Roberto Rossellini
Stars: Massimo Girotti, Carlo Ninchi, Elli Parvo
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Michela Belmonte ...
Gaetano Masier ...
Elvira Betrone ...
La signora Rossati, madre di Gino
Nino Brondello ...
Il tenente Vittali
Piero Lulli ...
De Santis
Giovanni Valdambrini ...
Il medico, padre di Anna
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Piero Palermini ...
Un giovane ufficiale inglese
Jole Tinta ...
La madre del bimbo ammalato
Edit

Storyline

A young Italian pilot is interned in a British prison camp after his plane is shot down during the war against Greece. He falls in love with a doctor's daughter and manages to escape during a bombardment. He reaches home, wounded, just as news arrives of the Greek surrender. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

8 April 1942 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

A Pilot Returns  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was made with the participation of the officers of the Italian air force. See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Voyage to Italy (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Proto-Neorealist Cinema

For the first time I've seen a film by Roberto Rossellini prior to his Neorealist classics, based on a story by il Duce's son, Vittorio Mussolini (credited with the anagram Tito Silvio Mursino). So by its date and origin it may be labeled a "Fascist film", but not surprisingly Rossellini avoids any overt reference to or exaltation of the regime, from a screenplay co-written with Michelangelo Antonioni, among others. At first I thought I was going to see a sort of Italian "Top Gun" as the movie takes around 20 minutes describing the activities of Italian pilots, but soon the airplane of the title hero (Massimo Girotti, the star of Visconti's "Ossessione") is knocked down and he is imprisoned by the British officers. Suddenly the hunter becomes the hunted, and Rossellini elaborates on his belief that personal stories are illustrations of history and politics: the pilot is nothing but a puppet of his country's foreign policy. Rossellini then describes the state of the prisoners, as they endure cold, hunger and disease, and are taken by the British from an old farm to a port in the Mediterranean, while bombs are dropped over roads, fields and bridges, to a patriotic ending (that is revealed by the title). Rossellini tells this story in 85 minutes, with early examples of what Bazin would describe as "image fact": long takes, where the camera moves (including a 360° turn) not to advance the story, but to show the environment, the conditions where the characters interact. Rossellini narrates fast and synthesizes the fable, though his economy was not determined --as in "Romà, citta aperta"-- by the surrounding events (war), showing the development of a style that would grow during the Neorealist movement


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss A Pilot Returns (1942) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?