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Escape by Night (1960)

Era notte a Roma (original title)
TV-PG | | Drama , War | 5 July 1961 (France)
Three allied prisoners, a Russian, an American and an Englishman, attempt to escape with the help of a young couple from Rome.

Director:

Roberto Rossellini
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Genn ... British Major Michael Pemberton
Giovanna Ralli ... Esperia Belli
Sergey Bondarchuk ... Soviet Sergeant Fyodor Aleksandrovic Nazukov (as Sergej Bondartchoux)
Peter Baldwin ... American Lieutenant Peter Bradley
Hannes Messemer ... German Colonel Baron Von Kleist
Sergio Fantoni ... Don Valerio
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Doctor Costanzi
Paolo Stoppa Paolo Stoppa ... Prince Alessandro Antoniani
Renato Salvatori ... Renato Balducci
Laura Betti ... Teresa
Rosalba Neri ... Erika Almagià
Giulio Calì Giulio Calì ... Driver of the Fake Nuns
George Petrarca George Petrarca ... Tarcisio
Carlo Reali Carlo Reali ... Augusto Antoniani
Leopoldo Valentini Leopoldo Valentini ... Sor Alfredo, Porter
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Storyline

During WW2, in Rome , a trio of escaped Allied POWs find themselves in limbo as they try to avoid re-capture and reach their dispersed units. Michael Pemberton is a British Major, Fyodor Aleksandrovic Nazukov is a Soviet Sergeant and Peter Bradley is an American Lieutenant. A beautiful young Italian woman, Esperia Belli, agrees to give them shelter. She knows that despite Italy's efforts to break with Nazi Germany and join the Allies there are some Italians who are Fascist sympathizers and would gladly denounce Esperia to the German authorities. Hiding enemy soldiers or escaped POWs is punishable by death. Esperia hopes to get in contact with the Italian anti-Fascist resistance which could help the three escaped Allied POWs rejoin their respective armies. Until then, the fugitives are stuck in Esperia's attic. Written by nufs68

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | German | Russian | English

Release Date:

5 July 1961 (France) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 32106 delivered on 17-6-1960. See more »

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In the attic, after about 20 minutes, the strings of a harp are briefly touched. However, the resulting sound is not from a harp, but rather from the strings of a pianoforte being strummed. See more »

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Just before Anzio
4 January 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

An user complained that Rossellini's movies are overlooked today;he is completely right.Although the Italian New Wave was never so hard and so nasty as their French counterpart on former colleagues,it nevertheless cast a shadow over them.On the European board ,there are plenty of messages about Fellini,Antonioni,Pasolini (and Godard,Truffaut ,Rohmer and co)whereas Rossellini (and De Sica,the great Luigi Comencini)are almost always absent.

He also complained about the cuts in Rossellini's works;however,what was intolerable in "Vanina Vanini" (the first part of which is thoroughly incomprehensible) is not so important in "Era Notte a Roma" . My copy has a running time of about 130 min and that's enough,for I think that it's overlong and even full of filler.

"Era Notte" tells the story of three escaped prisoners during WW2: a Russian,an English and an American.It's also the story of an Italian girl who helps the peasants to get rid of their burdensome guests in exchange for food.She's not a resistance fighter (as his fiancé is) but she will prove herself very human in spite of her weakness.

Rossellini displays respect for the audience: every character speaks his own language ,which gives the movie much more substance than ,for instance ," Uomo della croce " in which everyone spoke Italian.My favorite scene is the Christmas celebration with a very moving "Auld Lang Syne" sung by people from four different countries.It cannot be considered one of Rossellini 's masterworks but its several moments of brilliance make it a must for Rossellini's fans.


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