Starring: Vittorio De Sica, Hannes Messemer, Sandra Milo
Directed by: Roberto Rossellini
Synopsis: Roberto Rossellini’s first box-office success after a string of commercial failures, notably with Ingrid Bergman was also a return to the themes of the films which brought him international fame, Rome, Open City and his other neorealist classics.
Based on an article by the Italian journalist Indro Montanelli, Rossellini casts Vittorio De Sica as confidence trickster Emanuele Bardone who helps to save Italians arrested by the Gestapo, or at least pretends to do so, in exchange for money or gifts from their family. When he attempts to save a man already executed he is turned over by the man’s wife and is given the choice of execution or carrying out a confidence trick for the Germans; to assume the identity of General Della Rovere. Turning on his country to save his skin Bardone enters prison to seek out the identity of the partisan commander, Fabrizio.
Arrow Academy is pleased to present Roberto Rossellini’s gripping resistance story with Vittorio De Sica in one of his greatest performances on DVD for the first time in the UK.
Brand new transfer of the Venice Film Festival version of the film
New optional English subtitle translation
Original Mono Audio
Interviews with composer Renzo Rossellini and scholar Adriano Apra - Comprehensive booklet featuring writing by Tag Gallagher (The Adventures of Roberto Rossellini: His Life and Films) and Peter Bondanella (The Films of Roberto Rossellini) as well a contemporary interview with director Roberto Rossellini
Cat No: FCD494
Duration: 134 mins
Subtitles: English (Optional)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 (4x3)
Colour: Black & White