Il Generale Della Rovere Il Generale Della Rovere

Il Generale Della Rovere

Roberto Rossellini

Il Generale Della Rovere (Criterion DVD)


1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Out of Print
  • Italy
  • 1959
  • 132 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Italian
  • Spine #463

In a magnetic performance, Vittorio De Sica is Emanuele Bardone, an opportunistic rascal in wartime Genoa, conning his fellow Italians and exploiting their tragedies by promising to help find their missing loved ones in exchange for money. But when the Nazis force him to impersonate a dead partisan general in prison to extract information from fellow inmates, Bardone finds himself wrestling with his conscience for the first time. Roberto Rossellini’s gripping drama, a rare box-office breakthrough for the legendary neorealist, is further evidence of the compassionate artistry of one of cinema’s most important voices.


Emanuele BardoneVittorio De Sica
OlgaSandra Milo
Col. MuellerHannes Messemer
Carla FassioAnne Vernon
ValeriaGiovanna Ralli
Aristide BanchelliVittorio Caprioli
Madam VeraMary Greco
Sgt. Maj. HagemanHerbert Fischer
“Fabrizio”Giuseppe Rossetti
PartisansLucia Modugno
Nando Angelini


DirectorRoberto Rossellini
Story and screenplaySergio Amidei, Diego Fabbri and Indro Montanelli
Based on a story byIndro Montanelli
CinematographyCarlo Carlini
EditingCesare Cavagna
Production and costume design by Piero Zuffi

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • New video interviews with Isabella, Renzo, and Ingrid Rossellini, as well as film scholar Adriano Aprà
  • The Choice, a new visual essay by Tag Gallagher, author of The Adventures of Roberto Rossellini
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic James Monaco and an excerpt from a 2000 interview with Indro Montanelli, the author of the story that inspired the film

    New cover by Eric Skillman

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