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Director:
Writers:
Sergio Amidei (writer)
Diego Fabbri (writer)
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Release Date:
21 November 1960 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Victorio Bardone, a petty con man, is arrested by the Gestapo and coerced into impersonating a partisan leader in order to expose another resistance organizer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 13 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Vittorio De Sica ... 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

Linda Veras ... German attendant

Sandra Milo ... Olga

Giovanna Ralli ... Valeria
Anne Vernon ... Carla Fassio
Ester Carloni ... Brothel Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Armando Annuale ... Bit part (uncredited)
Gianni Baghino ... Scalise (uncredited)
Baronessa Bazzani ... Contessa Bianca Maria Della Rovere (uncredited)
Peter Boom ... Bit part (uncredited)
Clarissa Corner ... (uncredited)
Lina De Rossi ... (uncredited)
Ivo Garrani ... Partisan chief (uncredited)
Franco Interlenghi ... Antonio Pasquali (uncredited)
Piero Pastore ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Roberto Rossellini ... Man in Gestapo office (uncredited)
Leopoldo Valentini ... Giuseppe Di Castro (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roberto Rossellini 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sergio Amidei  writer
Diego Fabbri  writer
Indro Montanelli  novel
Indro Montanelli  screenplay
Roberto Rossellini  writer
Piero Zuffi  uncredited

Produced by
Moris Ergas .... executive producer
Alain Poiré .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Renzo Rossellini 
 
Cinematography by
Carlo Carlini 
 
Film Editing by
Cesare Cavagna 
Anna Maria Montanari 
 
Production Design by
Piero Zuffi 
 
Art Direction by
Piero Zuffi 
 
Set Decoration by
Francesco Ciarletta 
Elio Costanzi 
 
Costume Design by
Piero Zuffi 
 
Makeup Department
Goffredo Rocchetti .... makeup artist
Mara Rocchetti .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Manolo Bolognini .... assistant production manager
Gianni Cecchin .... assistant production manager
Paolo Frascá .... production manager
Carlo Giovagnorio .... assistant production manager
Zeev Havazelet .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philippe Arthuys .... assistant director
Tinto Brass .... first assistant director
Ruggero Deodato .... assistant director
Renzo Rossellini .... first assistant director: second unit
Renzo Rossellini .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Olivio Del Grande .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Filippo Carta .... camera operator
Ruggero Radicchi .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vera Marzot .... costumes: women
 
Other crew
Rosetta Calavetta .... voice dubbing: Anne Vernon (uncredited)
Giorgio Capecchi .... voice dubbing: Giuseppe Rosetti (uncredited)
Maria Pia Di Meo .... voice dubbing: Sandra Milo (uncredited)
Cesare Fantoni .... voice dubbing: Ufficiale fascista interprete (uncredited)
Glauco Onorato .... voice dubbing: Franco Interlenghi (uncredited)
Giovanni Saccenti .... voice dubbing: il prete alla fucilazione (uncredited)
Camille Saint-George .... french adaptation: dubbed version (uncredited)
Giovanna Scotto .... voice dubbing: la madre di Carla (uncredited)
Sergio Tedesco .... voice dubbing: Gianni Baghino (uncredited)
Wanda Tettoni .... voice dubbing: Baronessa Bazzani (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il generale Della Rovere" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
132 min | USA:129 min | Italy:138 min (Venice Film Festival)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Italy:16+ | UK:12 (DVD rating) | USA:Not Rated
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Trivia:
The real-life con-man who impersonated Della Rovere was named Bertont. In the book the name was changed to Bertone, and finally ended up as Bardone in the film.See more »
Quotes:
S.S. Colonel Mueller:[Talking about Della Rovere] Listen, these notes mention that he speaks fluent English, French, and German.
Victorio Emanuele Bardone:I know a few words in French.
[Speaking in French]
Victorio Emanuele Bardone:Place your bets gentlemen. All bets have been placed.
S.S. Colonel Mueller:All bets have been placed, eh?
Victorio Emanuele Bardone:Do yopu know what is the cause of all my troubles? Gambling! I always lose! What's more, I always pay, and I've never cheated.
S.S. Colonel Mueller:I hope I won't be the first to find otherwise. This is no game we're playing, Colonel!
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Fascinating left-wing WWII movie, 17 July 2011
Author: oOgiandujaOo from United Kingdom

The story of the film concerns "Colonelo" Bertone a self-appointed community intercessor and thief in World War II Italy, passing on bribes from families to the Germans in order to help their sons (or gambling away the bribes and eating their food parcels). It's definitely a film of two halves, the first half of the movie to me feeling decidedly Pasolinian. Bertone, though undoubtedly a scoundrel does his best to keep people happy, is a character that spreads a certain amount of charm in the world. For some people who have never known love or had anyone to look up to, he provides a show, his charisma is like ambrosia. Having been brought up with Protestant vales it has been a revelation to me in life how people value charm as most precious, a Veblen good, more prized when it is most demanding, how a charming person is valued above all others even when they live in a moral vacuum.

The second half of the movie is, in structure, a more conventional prison movie where Bertone, working for the Germans in order to save his skin, becomes an impostor pretending to be Generale della Rovere. Whilst pretending to be the general he begins to assume many of the general's characteristics. This part of the film is very patriotic, and contains a beautiful fresco of Italian cities on the prison wall. The ideology of this part of the movie is all about recognising the efforts of the largely Communist, Partito d'Azione and Socialist partisan resistance, bodies who were largely excluded from the post-fascist Italian government, which was dominated by the Christian Democrats, who many felt to have been tainted by association with fascism.

Pontecorvo's movie Kapò was released contemporaneously, and features a similarly caricatured version of the Teutonic gaoler and slightly ebullient view of World War II, that would become refined in future decades. That said, Il Generale della Rovere, is undoubtedly a masterpiece.

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