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Il Generale Della Rovere (1959)

Il generale Della Rovere (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 11 November 1959 (France)
Bardone, a petty con man, is arrested by the Gestapo and coerced into impersonating a partisan leader in order to expose another resistance organizer.

Director:

Roberto Rossellini

Writers:

Sergio Amidei (screenplay), Diego Fabbri (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio De Sica ... Bardone AKA 'Grimaldi'
Hannes Messemer ... S.S. Colonel Mueller
Vittorio Caprioli ... Aristide Banchelli
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... Paolo
Herbert Fischer Herbert Fischer ... Sergeant Walter Hageman
Mary Greco Mary Greco ... Vera (the madam)
Bernardo Menicacci Bernardo Menicacci ... Prison guard (as Bernardino Menicacci)
Lucia Modugno ... Partisan girl
Luciano Pigozzi ... Prisoner
Kurt Polter Kurt Polter ... German officer
Giuseppe Rosetti Giuseppe Rosetti ... Pietro Valeri
Kurt Selge Kurt Selge ... Marshall Schrantz
Linda Veras ... German attendant
Sandra Milo ... Olga
Giovanna Ralli ... Valeria
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Storyline

Genoa, 1943. Grimaldi is a swindler, pretending to be a colonel in the Italian army to get money from the family of people put into jail by the Nazis. Once caught, the Gestapo makes a deal with him : he will stay alive if he impersonates the General Della Rovere, a leader of the Resistance who has just been shot by the Nazis, to be put into a political jail where he is supposed to identify another Resistance leader. Written by Yepok

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Hero...or Fake? See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | German | French | Hebrew | English

Release Date:

11 November 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

General Della Rovere See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Fonolux)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

French visa # 22970. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film, S.S. Colonel Mueller is addressed as ' Herr Obersturmbannführer' (Lieutenant Colonel) but his rank, as indicated by the collar patches on his uniform, is that of a 'Standartenführer' (Colonel). 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 you 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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A film of deep personal and spiritual transformation that is rarely, if ever, seen in today's films (especially from Hollywood).
24 October 2008 | by rossangelaSee all my reviews

I fully agree with all the glowing accolades of other commenters and totally disagree with the one commenter who thought it was "uneven." This is one of the greatest films ever made, partly because the humanity of the characters and the choices they must make are really what life is all about. If only present-day film makers (producers, directors, writers, etc) would concentrate their efforts towards making films of this caliber, what a much better world this would be. Instead, desiring profits over quality, they go for the lowest common denominator, and continue to make films bereft of the poetry of life, and full of gore, violence, guns, explosions, terror, and all sorts of ugliness and gratuitous noise. They think "this is what the public wants." How wrong they are. One interesting aside: I believe that Rosselini wasn't really as satisfied with this film as much as audiences are. If that rumor is true, it can only be an example of an artist not realizing the impact and importance of a particular work they have created.


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