Fear No Evil (1945 film)

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Fear No Evil (Italian title: Il Sole di Montecassino)
Directed byGiuseppe Maria Scotese
Produced byMaleno Malenotti
Screenplay byGiuseppe Maria Scotese
Diego Fabbri
Mario Monicelli
Giorgio Lastricati
StarringFosco Giachetti
Adriana Benetti
Nino Pavese
Music byGiovanni Fusco
CinematographyCarlo Montuori
Edited byMario Serandei
Running time
84 minutes
Box office48,000,000 Lire at 31 December 1952

Fear No Evil (Italian: Il Sole di Montecassino) is a 1945 black-and-white film directed by Giuseppe Maria Scotese, based on a book written by Diego Fabbri.


Italy, February 1944. Some civilians are fleeing the bombing of Monte Cassino (depicted with actual footage from World War II newsreels). One of them, looking on helplessly as the abbey is being blown up, cries that God has forsaken mankind. Another refugee, who happens to be a friar from the abbey, retorts that it is not true and proceeds to narrate how, even at the time of the fall of the Western Roman Empire, in a wasteland similar to World War II, God produced a man like Benedict of Nursia whose sanctity helped restore the European civilization.

At this point the movie flashbacks to 500 AD. Benedict, a Roman nobleman, leaves his privileged patrician heritage and withdraws in a cave, willing to live according to the Gospels. Little by little he assembles a community of fellow monks, and he dedicates his entire life to teaching the Christian disciplines, becoming a Saint in the process and performing several miracles for the glory of God.


«One might expect a rather static, slow-paced film with this subject, but this film moves at a brisk pace with a good deal of action sequences which keep up a lively interest for viewers. Fosco Giachietti plays the title role with gravity, dignity and authority, portraying the humility and dedication of the saint. Alfredo Varelli is a standout as the macho young Marco, a warlike mountain shepherd who becomes Benedict's first adherent and most loyal supporter. Altogether a fascinating account of the founding of the first Christian monastic order, very effective even in the English dubbed version».[1]



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