Il General Della Rovere: Raro Video
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In a magnetic performance, Academy Award nominee Vittorio De Sica (A Farewell to Arms) is Bardone, an opportunistic rascal in wartime Genoa, conning and cheating his fellow Italians, exploiting their tragedies by promising to help find their missing loved ones in exchange for money. But when the Nazis force him to impersonate a dead partisan general in prison to extract information from fellow inmates, Bardone finds himself wrestling with his conscience for the first time. Roberto Rossellini s gripping drama, among his most commercially popular films, is further evidence of the compassionate artistry of one cinema s most important voices. In Italian with English Subtitles.
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Legendary Italian Director/Actor Vittorio De Sica (Bicycle Thieves) gives a marvelous performance as the Lead in this film, which takes place in german occupied Italy during the year before the end of the second world war. This film, which I assign mainly to the genre of 'Non-Action-War-Films', includes but isn't limited to another genre and executes this as one of the greatest examples I have seen so far (I will hint to it on the bottom, right under a warning).
There are no purely 'evil' or 'good' characters here. The overall sensible, complex, realistic and human approach to all the characters, their subjective positions, logics and judgment, specifically the ones of the two leads, are as astounding and touching as they are shocking.
In addition, the film gains from it's accuracy of the linguistic conditions and contains of just the right portion of cinematic pathos.
Watch my also recommended 'House of Games (David Mamet, 1987) afterwards and you will know which genre I revered to! :)