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One of the best italian movies ever. Great story, great director, perfect acting.
A look at the Italian army in WWI. We follow Vittorio Gassman and Alberto Sordi from the point of being drafted onward to their actual experience of trench warfare and combat in the streets, small villages, farmhouses, and fields. As in most other war films, death is swift and omnipresent. Still, there is camaraderie among the troops and Gassman and Sordi are the chief slackers/jokers, always trying to stay out of harm's way. So, the tone is often light and even comic, which makes the moments of pathos that much more intense (and there are many, often at the end of a scene). War films seem to invite an episodic structure and that is also true here; our heroes encounter a variety of typical situations (on leave in a small village, sent to requisition supplies, volunteered for hazardous duty, trapped behind enemy lines, etc.). The sets and action are impressively naturalistic with solid direction by Mario Monicelli (who also did the excellent heist comedy, Big Deal on Madonna Street, 1958). Naturally, as the film closes, we are left to ponder "to what end?" Nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar. Worth a look.
The story of two soldiers so coward to become heroes.
Yet another great film from Monicelli.
Sabiendo que el director habÃa fallecido hacÃa sÃ³lo un mes y lloviendo a mares como estaba el sÃ¡bado,me propuse ver por primera vez esta que es ahora una joya de mi filmoteca.Actores en estado de gracia,como Vittorio Gassman,luchando sÃ³lo por escapar de ir a defender la patria..muy guapo ademÃ¡s..un estafador Alberto Sordi con su gracia peculiar y una Silvana Mangano tan bella como fiera..de niÃ±a querÃa parecerme a ella y el mal genio no me falta,no..me ha impresionado gratamente el despliegue de extras y medios para retratar una guerra durÃsima en esas trincheras de espanto.Creo que es una de esas 100 peliculas que hay que ver antes de morir..yo con Ã (C)sta ya cumplÃ.
Italians that never distinguished themselves in war, have made probably the best anti-war films. Much too down to earth and sophisticated to believe in war or take it seriously. The opposite can be seen in American WWII films
Maybe th best neorealistic film about the Italian WWI... A tragic film driven by an ironic view
La Grande Guerra is a must-see.
I said all....
La prima guerra mondiale raccontata da Monicelli tramite i volti di Alberto Sordi e Gassman. Poteva raccontare la storia mostrando gente che si spara, cade, muore. Invece prende due ragazzi che hanno di sicuro meglio da are che mettersi le divise, e ovviamente hanno paura! Quindi questi si ritrovano a inventarsi espedienti nuovi ogni dì per sfuggire alla battaglia in prima persona... Monicelli racconta l'Italia divisa dai dialetti che si ritrova e si unisce nella guerra, mostra il coraggio anche di chi credeva di non averlo, e l'amore che ognuno di noi dovrebbe avere ancora, nonostante tutto, per il bel paese... che di momenti bui ne ha vissuti più di adesso!
A roman and a milanese rascals are enrolled against their will, to serve for their country in the first world war. After playing tricks on each other, a tight bond of friendship based on survival will unite them.
Mario Monicelli gives a quixotesque note on war, a tragic but also comical view of the people forced to fight for ideals they don't share; and what better interpreters to bring that to life than the magnificent couple Vittorio Gassman and Alberto Sordi, two often cynical but in the end righteous men whose only desire was to make their way out of the battle, to reach their respective dreams somewhere else.