8th Venice International Film Festival (1940)

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"8th" (void) Venice International Film Festival
Festival poster
Location Venice, Italy
Founded 1932
Festival date 1 September – 8 September 1940

The "8th" (void) Venice International Film Festival was held from September 1 to September 8, 1940, less than three months after Italy had belatedly entered the Second World War as Germany’s ally. Together with the 1941 and 1942 it is 'considered void- as if they did not happen'. This is due to the fact that not only were the events carried out in places far away from the Lido. but also only very few countries participated due to World War II with an absolute monopoly of institutions and directors that were members of the Rome-Berlin axis. In fact the Festival lost its ‘international’ designation that year, as the war had reduced the number of participating nations to just three: Italy, Germany and, in a sparring role, Hungary. It became therefore the "Manifestazione cinematografica italo-tedesca", to reflect its Italo-German character. The two countries participated with seven feature films each, while Hungary had three.[1] Additionally, a strong fascist political meddling from the Italian fascist government under Benito Mussolini had led to Italy experiencing a period of cultural depression oppressed by fascist propaganda.[2][3]


Although the festival is still competitive it takes place without an official jury. Awards are given by the festival's president based on the decision of Italian and German film delegates.[4]

In Competition[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
N/A Muz z neznáma Martin Frič  Bohemia
N/A Opernball Géza von Bolváry  Germany
Der Postmeister Gustav Ucicky  Germany
N/A Mutterliebe Gustav Ucicky  Germany
N/A Jud Süß Veit Harlan  Germany
N/A Befreite Hände Hans Schweikart  Germany
N/A Trenck, der Pandur Herbert Selpin  Germany
The Siege of the Alcazar L'assedio dell'Alcazar Augusto Genina  Italy
N/A Oltre l'amore Carmine Gallone  Italy
N/A La peccatrice Amleto Palermi  Italy



  1. ^ "A message from Joseph Goebbels, in 'Overland literary journal'". Retrieved 2014-09-30. 
  2. ^ "The 1940′s". Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The 30s". Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Venice Film Festival: Overview". Retrieved 2014-09-30. 

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