General della Rovere

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General della Rovere
Directed by Roberto Rossellini
Written by Sergio Amidei
Starring Vittorio De Sica
Hannes Messemer
Release dates
September 1959 (1959-09) (VIFF)
7 October 1959 (1959-10-07)
Running time
138 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

General della Rovere (Italian: Il generale della Rovere) is a 1959 Italian film directed by Roberto Rossellini. The film is based on a novel by Indro Montanelli which was in turn based on a true story.


The film tells the story of a petty thief (played by Vittorio De Sica) who is hired by the Nazis to impersonate an Italian resistance leader, General della Rovere, and infiltrate a group of resistance prisoners in a Milan prison.



The film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

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