When re-released in May 1957, all references to Fascism were cut out by the censors; in particular when Marco Massi (played by Leonardo Cortese) gives a fascist salute during the lowering of the flag. See more »
A war time dedication to the cadets of the Air force Academy, with the Fascist input noticeably very low key. The opening credits state that many of the "extras", actual cadets, are either dead or invalids, at the time of the film's release. By the time the picture was ready for circulation, Italy's fortunes were at a very low ebb and this work brings this home to the cinema audience. This memorial says alot about the friendships that had been created during the cadets training period, with the usual romantic interludes and some daring action scenes. A very fresh faced Alberto Sordi features as one the "heroes". This semi-propaganda work can best be understood as a willingness of the producers to put a brave face on a worsening situation for Italy, by revealing the human being behind the uniform. Definitely not jingoistic, nor to be considered a fascist picture, rather, a salute to the men of the Aeronautica Italiana, who shortly after the release of this film were to be fighting for the Allied cause.
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