General Della Rovere
|General della Rovere|
|Directed by||Roberto Rossellini|
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.
Genoa, 1944, during the era of the Italian Social Republic. Petty thief Emmanuele Bardone (played by Vittorio De Sica) is hired by the Third Reich to impersonate an Italian resistance leader, General Della Rovere, and infiltrate a group of resistance prisoners in a Milan prison. Gradually, Bardone loses himself in his role and not merely pretends to be a hero of the resistance but actually becomes one, first encouraging his fellow prisoners to show courage and eventually accepting death by firing squad rather than betraying another imprisoned resistance leader.
- Vittorio De Sica: Vittorio Emanuele Bardone/Grimaldi
- Hannes Messemer: SS Col. Müller
- Vittorio Caprioli: Aristide Banchelli
- Sandra Milo: Olga
- Giovanna Ralli: Valeria
- Maria Greco: Madama Vera
- Herbert Fischer: German sergeant
- Anne Vernon: Clara Fassio
- Franco Interlenghi: Antonio Pasquali
- Ivo Garrani: Partisan Chief
- Linda Veras: German Attendant
The transformation of Emmanuele Bardone, the film's protagonist, from an Axis collaborator into a hero of the anti-national socialist resistance, has been compared by Spanish political commentators to the life story of Adolfo Suárez, the Spanish prime minister who oversaw the transition to democracy in the late 1970s. In particular, Javier Cercas devotes the last chapter of The Anatomy of a Moment to exploring the parallels between Bardone and Suarez.