Many Wars Ago
|Many Wars Ago|
|Directed by||Francesco Rosi|
|Produced by||Francesco Rosi
|Written by||Francesco Rosi
Raffaele La Capria
|Based on||Emilio Lussu (memoir)|
|Starring||Gian Maria Volontè
Pier Paolo Capponi
|Music by||Piero Piccioni|
|Cinematography||Pasqualino De Santis|
|Edited by||Ruggiero Mastroianni|
|Distributed by||Dubrava Film|
Uomini contro (internationally released as Many Wars Ago) is a 1970 Italo-Yugoslav anti war drama film directed by Francesco Rosi. It is based on the memoir by Emilio Lussu "Un anno sull'altopiano" The Italian title is (most likely) ambiguous and difficult to translate ("Men against" is a word by word translation). However "Un anno sull'altopiano" means "A year on the plateau". The film was screened at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in honor of Francesco Rosi, deceased a few weeks before.
Time after time the soldiers are forced to leave their trenches in attempts to storm the enemy positions, always with the same horrific result. The Austro-Hungarian machine guns inevitably mow them down. In one attack a major is killed, and subsequently every tenth man of his platoon is chosen to be executed by a firing squad of his comrades, in some bizarre kind of compensation for the killed officer. And it gets only worse...
- Gian Maria Volontè as Corporal Ottolenghi
- Pier Paolo Capponi as Corporal Santini
- Alain Cuny as General Leone
- Franco Graziosi as Major Ruggero Malchiodi
- Mark Frechette as Vice Corporal Sassu
- Nino Vingelli as Private Ferito
- Mario Feliciani as The Medical Officer
- Giampiero Albertini as Captain Abbati
- Daria Nicolodi as Red Cross Soldier
- Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano – I film. Gremese Editore.
- Pasquale Iaccio. La Storia sullo schermo: il Novecento. Pellegrini Editore, 2004.
- Francesco Bolzoni. I Film Di Francesco Rosi. Gremese Editore, 1986.
- http://digilander.libero.it/davis2/lezioni/fotocine/film/uomini%20contro.htm (In Italian, but the first line is almost impossible to not understand, in blue. "romanzo" means "novel" by the way)
- Scott Roxborough (13 January 2015). "Berlin Festival to Screen 'Many Wars Ago' in Honor of Francesco Rosi". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
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