General della Rovere (1959)
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as Victorio Emanuele Bardone/Grimaldi
as S.S. Colonel Mueller
as Aristide Bianchelli
as Pietro Valeri
as Chiara Fassio
as Contessa della Rovere
as German officer
as The Madam
as The prostitute
as German attendant
Critic Reviews for General della Rovere
Although the film's second half tends to drift toward the stagy and sermonic, Bardone's transformation from a petty chameleon-charlatan to the moral hero and man of conscience is moving and potent, in no small way thanks to De Sica's carefully modulated p
Rosselini enlivens a fundamentally stagebound, potentially schematic tale of personal redemption with attention to detail so painstaking, it threatens to bury the narrative.
It's too contrived to be as good as Rossellini's WW II films from the 1940s, but it has its own unique power in chillingly capturing the collective horror of fascism at work.
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Audience Reviews for General della Rovere
A powerful and dramatic story about one poor man that relates volumes about individual psychology, political repression, and war.
I still have yet to see one a Rossellini film that really knocks my socks off. It's gotten so I kind of dread watching them, not because they're bad or boring, it's just something about him that doesn't click with me. Having said that, this was still pretty good. It's about a con artist/opportunist who gets recruited by the Nazis to impersonate a general in the partisan forces. Vittorio De Sica is excellent in the lead, making the character just slimy enough to be believable but allowing him enough redemption so the audience can root for him. There's a slightly dull section about halfway through, right after he takes up the Rovere persona, but things pick up again as the situation develops and his feelings become more complex. There were some strong photographic elements, and the movie kept me fairly engaged.
Strange film indeed. The man behind the camera is a wonderful professional and the actor is fantastic.But one really wonders why on earth Rosselini decided to go for this subject he had so brilliantly touched 15 years before. At a time when new Europe was rising, why turn to the past in such a melodramatic way? Why offer us a sort of modern St Magdalena tale? There is something seriously off in this film entirely turned in studios, miles away from the raw strength of Roma Città Aperta. Too bad
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