General della Rovere (1959)




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In General Della Rovere, a black market criminal (Vittorio DeSica) is arrested by the Nazis, who forces him to impersonate a recently executed Italian general in hopes that he will direct them to the leader of the Resistance. DeSica, who normally directs films, gives a terrific performance as the con-man who becomes a martyr.
Art House & International , Drama
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Vittorio De Sica
as Victorio Emanuele Bardone/Grimaldi
Hannes Messemer
as S.S. Colonel Mueller
Vittorio Caprioli
as Aristide Bianchelli
Guiseppe Rossetti
as Pietro Valeri
Ivo Garrani
as Fabrizio
Sandra Milo
as Valeira
Anne Vernon
as Chiara Fassio
Baronessa Barzani
as Contessa della Rovere
Kurt Polter
as German officer
Kurt Selge
as Schrantz
Mary Greco
as The Madam
Lucia Modugno
as The prostitute
Linda Veras
as German attendant
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Critic Reviews for General della Rovere

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | May 20, 2009
Top Critic

Rosselini enlivens a fundamentally stagebound, potentially schematic tale of personal redemption with attention to detail so painstaking, it threatens to bury the narrative.

Full Review… | December 9, 2013
The Dissolve

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.

Full Review… | July 2, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A fascinating crossroads in Rossellini's career.

Full Review… | March 30, 2009
Slant Magazine

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Full Review… | April 21, 2011
Eye for Film

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June 29, 2005

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.

Paul Dalle-Molle
Paul Dalle-Molle

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.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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

Ben Gui
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