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General Della Rovere (1959)
"Il generale Della Rovere" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  7 October 1959 (Italy)
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Bardone, a petty con man, is arrested by the Gestapo and coerced into impersonating a partisan leader in order to expose another resistance organizer.

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Bardone AKA 'Grimaldi'
Hannes Messemer ...
S.S. Colonel Mueller
Vittorio Caprioli ...
Aristide Bianchelli
Nando Angelini ...
Paolo
Herbert Fischer ...
Sergeant Walter Hageman
Mary Greco ...
Vera (the madam)
Bernardo Menicacci ...
Prison guard
Lucia Modugno ...
Partisan girl
Luciano Pigozzi ...
Prisoner
Kurt Polter ...
German officer
Giuseppe Rosetti ...
Pietro Valeri
Kurt Selge ...
Marshall Schrantz
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German attendant
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Olga
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Valeria
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Genoa, 1943. Grimaldi is a swindler, pretending to be a colonel in the Italian army to get money from the family of people put into jail by the Nazis. Once caught, the Gestapo makes a deal with him : he will stay alive if he impersonates the General Della Rovere, a leader of the Resistance who has just been shot by the Nazis, to be put into a political jail where he is supposed to identify another Resistance leader. Written by Yepok

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Many of Bardone's biographical details, such as his birthplace and compulsive gabling were incorporated from De Sica's own life into the character. See more »

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S.S. Colonel Mueller: Chaplains are not allowed in the political section. I don't trust priests. They're all spies.
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A measured story of spiritual growth
1 September 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

An understated masterpiece, this film charts the moral growth in nearly the worst of times of Victorio Grimaldi played by Vittorio De Sica. Other comments set out the main lines of the plot and note the excellence of de Sica as the not-good, but not all-bad, Grimaldi who is just trying to survive, like everyone else. But it evolves in a story of one man trying to live up to the expectations of others, who have had it even harder than he has. Planted in the prison to impersonate the heroic General della Rovere, Grimaldi slowly begins to act like the leader that Rovere was. In one touching scene, while under a terrifying bombardment, he cowers in his cell only to stiffen himself to shout out encouragement to the others, before collapsing in prayer and mortal dread. In this two or three minute episode we learn more about courage than from a score of action movies and thrillers. And of course Grimaldi learns something about himself, too, in a way, and also something about General della Rovere. Toward the end Grimaldi takes on the role of the now dead general so completely that he writes a letter to the general's wife encouraging her to persevere, while he willingly faces execution by the Germans to set an example to other Italians to resist. It is a powerful story of growth, self-realization, and redemption in terrible conditions, though there is also a hint of Italian patriotism, too. The film is hard to get but I managed it a few years ago on VHS, so seekers, persist! It is worth the effort.


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