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Luciano Serra, pilota (1938)

Successful WWI pilot Luciano Serra has problems adjusting to an ordinary life in peace, so he leaves his family and becomes a pilot in America. In the 30s, his son in Italy wants also to ... See full summary »


Goffredo Alessandrini (screenplay), Goffredo Alessandrini (story) | 5 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Amedeo Nazzari ... Luciano Serra
Germana Paolieri Germana Paolieri ... Sandra Serra
Roberto Villa ... Aldo Serra
Mario Ferrari Mario Ferrari ... Il colonnello Franco Morelli
Guglielmo Sinaz Guglielmo Sinaz ... Jose Ribera
Egisto Olivieri Egisto Olivieri ... Nardini, il suocero di Luciano
Andrea Checchi ... Ten. Binelli
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oscar Andriani Oscar Andriani ... Il cappellano militare
Olivia Fried Olivia Fried ... Dorothy Thompson
Nicola Maldacea Nicola Maldacea ... Un socio del circolo
Beatrice Mancini Beatrice Mancini ... La fidanzata di Aldo (as Bice Mancinotti)
Gino Mori Gino Mori ... Aldo Serra da bambino


Successful WWI pilot Luciano Serra has problems adjusting to an ordinary life in peace, so he leaves his family and becomes a pilot in America. In the 30s, his son in Italy wants also to become a pilot, and Luciano accepts an offer of a double dealing agent for a flight from Rio to Rome, but his plane crashes in the Atlantic. For the world Luciano Serra is missing, but he has entered the Italian army under a new name to fight in Ethiopia. The train in which his unit travels is attacked by Ethiopian soldiers, his son flying a reconasaince mission is shot down and wounded by the same attacking enemies. Will Luciano be able to fly the plane back, to get close air support for the outnumbered Italian troups ? Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Release Date:

1 March 1940 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

De una misma sangre See more »

Filming Locations:

Ethiopia See more »

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Aquila Cinematografica See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Italian censorship visa #30284 delivered on 03 September 1938. See more »

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Fascist nonsense
16 March 2013 | by 67pictures@eircom.netSee all my reviews

From from first frame to last, this film is complete and utter Fascist propaganda. How anyone could say otherwise is beyond me. The reviewer above calls it a character study. Well, only in so far as the central character typifies the 'virtuous' and 'heroic' Italian male as espoused by the Mussolini's Blackshirts. The plot is absurdly contrived and bloated to the point of parody and it would be funny if it were not the reflection of a murderous, tyrannical regime who were at the time, at war with Ethiopia.

The only reason why it is remembered today is because it shared first prize (with Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia) at the 1938 Venice Film Festival. The film that everyone thought should have won that year was Jean Renoir's masterpiece, La Grande Illusion.

Luciano Serra, Pilota won because the film was made under the supervision of Mussolini's son.


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