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Odessa in fiamme (1942)

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The occupation of Bessarabia by the Russians in 1940 separates an opera singer from her family, leaving her under Bolshevik rule until Romanian troops enter Odessa.

Director:

Carmine Gallone

Writers:

Nicolae Kiritescu (story) (as N. Kiritescu), Gherardo Gherardi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Maria Cebotari ... Maria Teodorescu
Carlo Ninchi ... Il capitano Sergio Teodorescu
Filippo Scelzo Filippo Scelzo ... Michele Smirnoff
Olga Solbelli Olga Solbelli ... Luba
Rubi D'Alma ... Florica, l'amante di Michele
George Timica George Timica ... Giovanni Alexis (as Dumitru Georgescu Timica)
Silvia Dumitrescu-Timica Silvia Dumitrescu-Timica ... Anna, la moglie di Giovanni (as Silvya Dumitrescu)
Mircea Axente Mircea Axente ... Pietro
Maurizio Romitelli Maurizio Romitelli ... Nico
Paolo Ferrari Paolo Ferrari ... Paolo
Gilda Marchiò Gilda Marchiò ... Ila
Giuseppe Varni Giuseppe Varni ... Lo scrivone
Checco Rissone Checco Rissone ... Gruscenko
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The occupation of Bessarabia by the Russians in 1940 separates an opera singer from her family, leaving her under Bolshevik rule until Romanian troops enter Odessa.

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This was the first collaboration between the Italian and Romanian film industries, with a separate Romanian language version being also shot by Gallone using a slightly different cast. See more »

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Interesting Italian Propaganda
5 December 2020 | by petersmovieposters-36377See all my reviews

Certainly one of the lesser known corners of film history are the films made under Il Duce during World War II, so Odessa in Flames (Odessa in fiamme), 1942, was my first. Telling the tale of an opera singer who is left behind by her libertine husband when the Bolsheviks sweep through Romania, the film is divided into two acts as the singer tries to recover her son, who was stolen by the godless and particularly brutal Reds, and the husband who has wised up and joined the army. It reaches a climax as the characters all end up in Odessa as the fascist army prepares to take the city from the commies.

This is not great cinema, but director Carmine Gallone (a prolific if completely off the radar journeyman) does manage a degree of tension in a story that was as predictable as it was in the US versions of similar rah-rah films that were being churned out on our side of the pond. Imagine anything from the period with Paul Henreid and you've got the idea.

What is more interesting are the propagandist bits that permeate the story, starting with the reassuring opening that tells us that since Romania was founded by Trajan there should be no questioning Italy's involvement in that theater of war. Even cooler is a scene on the fabled Odessa Steps, although this is about as far from Eisenstein as you can get.


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Country:

Italy | Romania

Language:

Italian

Also Known As:

Catuse rosii See more »

Filming Locations:

Chisinau, Moldova See more »

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Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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