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Director:
Writers:
Sergio Amidei (writer)
Diego Fabbri (writer)
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Release Date:
7 October 1959 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 13 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A measured story of spiritual growth See more (13 total) »

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)
Alessandro Tedeschi ... Nazi soldier (uncredited)
Leopoldo Valentini ... Giuseppe Di Castro (uncredited)

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 Frascà .... 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:
During an interview to the Italian public television, Vittorio De Sica stated that the movie was shot in 33 days and edited in 10. Producer Moris Ergas wanted it ready for the Venice Film Festival in August. It won the award as "Best Picture".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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A measured story of spiritual growth, 1 September 2008
Author: michaelj108 from Australia

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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