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      General Della Rovere

      Released Nov 21, 1960 2h 19m Drama List
      90% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 86% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Grimaldi (Vittorio De Sica), a small-time criminal, impersonates an Italian military officer for personal gain, but his charade ends when he is arrested by the Nazis. His captors strike a deal with him: He must pretend to be General della Rovere, a recently assassinated resistance leader, so that he can get information that the Gestapo can use to its advantage. While Grimaldi initially goes along with the scheme, he gradually has a change of heart and embraces a more selfless perspective. Read More Read Less

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      Keith Uhlich Time Out [T]his Golden Lion-winning feature-one of [Roberto] Rossellini's few popular successes-is more than a mere curiosity. Rated: 4/6 Jul 25, 2020 Full Review Mark Bourne Film.com 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 May 20, 2009 Full Review Fernando F. Croce Slant Magazine A fascinating crossroads in Rossellini's career. Rated: 3.5/4 Mar 30, 2009 Full Review Penelope Gilliatt Observer (UK) [General Della Rovere] is beautifully organised. The double-crosses change shape like a cat's-cradle, and pull out finally with one swift tug. The failure in the film is simply that it is very dully acted and made. Mar 6, 2024 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com At the center of General Della Rovere is an arresting performance from director Vittorio De Sica in a rare dramatic portrayal in front of the camera. Rated: 3.5/5 Nov 12, 2020 Full Review Eve Tushnet Patheos [Giovanna Ralli's] actressy in a way that really works for this story of the mask sinking into the skin. Feb 8, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      lanfranco c How a little cheater becomes an hero Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A great and stirring tale of heroism, sacrifice and patriotism. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/11/19 Full Review paul d A powerful and dramatic story about one poor man that relates volumes about individual psychology, political repression, and war. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member As usual with Italian 1950s-60s films, this isn't a barrel of laughs, but it is very powerful and intelligent. De Sica brilliantly plays a likeable chancer who becomes embroiled in the seriousness of his surroundings when 'asked' by the Germans to impersonate the accidentally-executed General della Rovere He soon lives out the part so well, he becomes as much of a General as the General was. At 2hrs 12m, this isn't a short film, and I felt it sagged a little in the middle after a great start, but the ending made up for it. An easy 8/10. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Vittorio De Sica gives one of his best performances in Roberto Rossellini's WWI film. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member El general de la Rovere [1959] Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Grimaldi (Vittorio De Sica), a small-time criminal, impersonates an Italian military officer for personal gain, but his charade ends when he is arrested by the Nazis. His captors strike a deal with him: He must pretend to be General della Rovere, a recently assassinated resistance leader, so that he can get information that the Gestapo can use to its advantage. While Grimaldi initially goes along with the scheme, he gradually has a change of heart and embraces a more selfless perspective.
      Director
      Roberto Rossellini
      Producer
      Morris Ergas
      Distributor
      Continental Distributing Inc.
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Italian
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 21, 1960, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 11, 2017
      Runtime
      2h 19m