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Il generale della rovere

(DVD - 2009 - Italian)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Il generale della rovere
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Film of intrigue and heroism within the Italian underground during the German occupation of Italy. Emanuele Bardone, a petty con man, fleeces his victims by posing as a colonel. Persuaded by the Germans to impersonate a partisan leader they have killed, he assumes the admirable qualities of the heroic officer and the German plan backfires.
Title: Il generale della rovere
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, [2009]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (132 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Janus Films ; Minerva Classic ; Cineriz ; una coproduzione italo-francese, Zebra Film, S.N.E. Gaumont ; un film di Roberto Rosselini ; soggetto e sceneggiatura di Sergio Amidei, Diego Fabri, Indro Montanelli
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Special features: New, restored high-definition digital transfer ; interviews with Isabella, Renzo, and Ingrid Rossellini, and film scholar Adriano Aprà ; visual essay by Tag Gallagher, author of The adventures of Roberto Rossellini ; original theatrical trailer ; new and improved English subtitle translation ; booklet featuring an essay by film critic James Monaco and an excerpt from a 2000 interview with Indro Montanelli, author of the story that inspired the film
Based on the story by Indro Montanelli
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1959
Summary: Film of intrigue and heroism within the Italian underground during the German occupation of Italy. Emanuele Bardone, a petty con man, fleeces his victims by posing as a colonel. Persuaded by the Germans to impersonate a partisan leader they have killed, he assumes the admirable qualities of the heroic officer and the German plan backfires.
ISBN: 1604651245
9781604651249
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign GENERALE
Credits: Editor, Cesare Cavagna ; photography, Carlo Carlini ; music, Renzo Rossellini.
Performers: Vittorio de Sica, Hannes Messemer, Sandra Milo.
System Details: DVD; region 1; NTSC; Dolby Digital, mono
Other Language: Italian dialogue; English subtitles
Subject Headings: World War, 1939-1945 Underground movements Italy Drama Italy History German occupation, 1943-1945 Drama
Genre/Form: War films
Feature films
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
German language edition
Publisher No: CC1797D The Criterion Collection
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Nov 13, 2014
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a 1959 Italian film directed by Roberto Rossellini.
The film is based on a novel by Indro Montanelli which was in turn based on a true story.
A petty thief played by Vittorio De Sica is hired by the Nazis to impersonate an Italian resistance leader, General della Rovere, so that the Nazis could infiltrate a group of resistance prisoners in a Milan prison.
In the end, however, the con man faces the death as General Rovere.
Altough he seems to have changed into a real patriot, his inner process of wrestling with his conscience is not clearly depicted.
In any case, I see the director's compassionate artistry in this war-time drama.

Oct 02, 2014
  • AladarNyc rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

With great character development and effective screen writing, I found this to be a well crafted and enjoyable film. The Black and White filming was also well done, and really drew me into the imaginary vision of WWII Italy.

Nov 26, 2011
  • aqiva rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Good quality upper case & visually readable English language sub-titles. Unfortunately not all the spoken dialogue is translated: The final words spoken by a German officer at the end of the film are not translated, which was a disappointment during a critical time of the film's concluding minutes. Otherwise, it's well directed, very-well acted and has excellent b&w cinematography. They don't make films like this any longer anywhere, neither in Hollywood nor in Europe.

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