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L'ebreo errante (1948)

Matthew, a rich nationalist Jew and a contemporary of Jesus, regards the latter as an obstacle in this struggle to free their people from the Roman yoke by means of revolt. He incites the ... See full summary »


Eugène Sue (novel), Giovan Battista Angioletti (story) (as Gian Battista Angioletti) | 12 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio Gassman ... Mathieu Nahum / Mathieu Blumenthal
Valentina Cortese ... Esther
Inga Gort Inga Gort ... Sarah Nahum
Noëlle Norman ... Elena aka Hélène
Harry Feist Harry Feist ... Hans
Petr Sharov Petr Sharov ... Prof. Epstein (as Pietro Sharoff)
Hans Hinrich Hans Hinrich ... Dr. Albert Schuster (as Giovanni Heinrich)
Cesare Polacco Cesare Polacco
Egisto Olivieri Egisto Olivieri ... Resistance fighter
Renato Malavasi Renato Malavasi
Pina Piovani Pina Piovani
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Domenico Serra Domenico Serra
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Matthew, a rich nationalist Jew and a contemporary of Jesus, regards the latter as an obstacle in this struggle to free their people from the Roman yoke by means of revolt. He incites the people against Jesus and prevents his own wife, a true Christian in her heart, from offering the Redeemer a drink of water at his crucifixion on Golgotha. For this act Matthew is condemned to wander eternally on the earth with every rest denied to him, even that of the grave. We go forward to Paris in 1940. Matthew, miraculously still alive, is now the young banker Matthew Blumenthal. Rich and powerful, it would be easy to escape from Nazi persecution, but he chooses not to do so. He wishes to share the lot of his fellow Jews and, with many others, is despatched to Germany and detained in a concentration camp where everyone is brutally ill-treated. Being young, robust and full of energy, he does not resign himself to the situation, but succeeds in organizing a rebellion and flees with several ... Written by Jim Marshall

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27 February 1948 (Italy) See more »

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Italian censorship visa #3676, dated 22 January 1948. See more »


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8 August 2001 | by ItalianGerrySee all my reviews

Directed by Goffredo Alessandrini and starring a young Vittorio Gassman long before he became internationally famous, this is a little-known adaptation of Eugene Sue's classic novel about a Jew who wanders the wold expiating his sins. In this version he is Mathieu Blumenthal, a banker, who is arrested with some friends and is sent to a Nazi concentration. He escapes from the camp with his girl, Ester (played by Valentina Cortese) but is later willing to put his own life on the line for the purpose of helping others.

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