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    Il Generale della Rovere

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    Released

    1959

    Runtime

    132

    Il Generale della Rovere

    What's it About

    In Genoa during World War II, slick con man Emanuele Bardone (De Sica) gets nabbed by the Germans for tricking his fellow citizens into believing that, for a hefty price, he could track down their loved ones rounded up by the Gestapo. Once nabbed, the Nazis force Bardone to impersonate a recently killed partisan general, della Rovere, in prison, in order to get information on the General's surviving comrades. But, while incarcerated, Bardone finds something unexpected: his soul. Soon he is taking his part seriously, going against his handlers, and helping the political prisoners he was meant to expose.

    Why we love it

    Rossellini brought a devastating realism to the cinema with the neo-realist "Rome Open City." Here he adopts a more polished look and style, with higher production values, but the results are just as compelling. Oscar-nominated for Best Screenplay, this dramatic, intricate tale of one man's unlikely redemption was a big critical and financial success. The film runs on the charismatic performance of its star (better known as director of another neo-realist masterpiece, "Bicycle Thieves.") Playing a scoundrel who finds he has a conscience, De Sica is a revelation. By all means, salute this "General."

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