<i>Il Generale della Rovere (General della Rovere)</i> [original director’s cut]. 1959. Italy/France. Directed by Roberto Rossellini
  • Il Generale della Rovere (General della Rovere) [original director’s cut]

    1959. Italy/France. Roberto Rossellini. 138 min.

Friday, October 26, 2012, 4:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • Il Generale della Rovere (General della Rovere) [original director’s cut]

    1959. Italy/France. Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Screenplay by Sergio Amidei, Diego Fabri, Indro Montanelli, based on the novel by Montanelli. With Vittorio De Sica, Hannes Messemer, Sandra Milo. Presented for the first time since its premiere at the 1959 Venice Film Festival, this is Rossellini’s original edit for one of his most commercially and critically successful (if traditional) dramas—ten minutes longer than the theatrical release. General della Rovere marked a return to WWII themes of treachery and courage for the director of such landmarks as Rome Open City (1945), Paisan (1946), and Germany Year Zero (1947). Rossellini grudgingly accepted the project after the commercial failure of his India Matri Bhumi (1958) and cast his friend and Neorealist contemporary Vittorio De Sica as a conman compelled by the Gestapo to impersonate a partisan hero. “I don’t believe that the feelings that move men are solely ambition, desire for power, violence and sex,” said Rossellini. “I think they are interested in and motivated by nobler motives as well.” Restored by La Cineteca Nazionale, Rome, and Minerva/RaroVideo in collaboration with Il Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Turin, and La Biennale di Venezia. In Italian; English subtitles. 138 min.