IL Generale della Rovere (General della Rovere)
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IL Generale della Rovere (General della Rovere)
With a deft guiding hand, director Roberto Rossellini brings out the depths in this study of a man's transformation during the German occupation of Milan. Based on a novel by Indro Montanelli, the story is true. Colonel Mueller (Hannes Messemer) and his cohorts have decided to plant a spy in the Milan prison. They choose a petty thief from the streets who earns his living plying the black-market trade and assign him to the task. He is thrown in jail under the false identity of General della Rovere (Vittorio De Sica) in order to bring the Italian resistance fighters among the prisoners, out… More

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"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"
‑ Mark Bourne, Film.com
"A fascinating crossroads in Rossellini's career."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"Rosselini enlivens a fundamentally stagebound, potentially schematic tale of personal redemption with attention to detail so painstaking, it threatens to bury the narrative."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, The Dissolve
"It's too contrived to be as good as Rossellini's WW II films from the 1940s, but it has its own unique power in chillingly capturing the collective horror of fascism at work."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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