La grande guerra Reviews

  • Jun 16, 2020

    One of the best italian movies ever. Great story, great director, perfect acting.

    One of the best italian movies ever. Great story, great director, perfect acting.

  • Apr 23, 2018

    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.

    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.

  • Jul 06, 2012

    The story of two soldiers so coward to become heroes.

    The story of two soldiers so coward to become heroes.

  • Jan 26, 2011

    Yet another great film from Monicelli.

    Yet another great film from Monicelli.

  • Dec 20, 2010

    Sabiendo que el director había fallecido hacía sólo un mes y lloviendo a mares como estaba el sábado,me propuse ver por primera vez esta que es ahora una joya de mi filmoteca.Actores en estado de gracia,como Vittorio Gassman,luchando sólo por escapar de ir a defender la patria..muy guapo además..un estafador Alberto Sordi con su gracia peculiar y una Silvana Mangano tan bella como fiera..de niña quería 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 durísima en esas trincheras de espanto.Creo que es una de esas 100 peliculas que hay que ver antes de morir..yo con à (C)sta ya cumplí.

    Sabiendo que el director había fallecido hacía sólo un mes y lloviendo a mares como estaba el sábado,me propuse ver por primera vez esta que es ahora una joya de mi filmoteca.Actores en estado de gracia,como Vittorio Gassman,luchando sólo por escapar de ir a defender la patria..muy guapo además..un estafador Alberto Sordi con su gracia peculiar y una Silvana Mangano tan bella como fiera..de niña quería 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 durísima en esas trincheras de espanto.Creo que es una de esas 100 peliculas que hay que ver antes de morir..yo con à (C)sta ya cumplí.

  • Dec 14, 2009

    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

    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

  • Dec 06, 2009

    Maybe th best neorealistic film about the Italian WWI... A tragic film driven by an ironic view

    Maybe th best neorealistic film about the Italian WWI... A tragic film driven by an ironic view

  • Jun 23, 2009

    La Grande Guerra is a must-see. I said all....

    La Grande Guerra is a must-see. I said all....

  • Jan 14, 2009

    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!

    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!

  • Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
    Sep 18, 2008

    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.

    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.