The George L. Graziadio Center for Italian Studies and Club Italia: Roberto Rossellini's "Il General Della Rovere"
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. 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.
Special Guest: Dr. Thomas Harrison of UCLA will present and discuss the film and its historical background.
For additional information, please contact The George L. Graziadio Center for Italian Studies office: 562.985.1396
Sponsors: The George L. Graziadio Center for Italian Studies and Club Italia