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Il Generale della Rovere

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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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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"