The Condemned of Altona (film)

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The Condemned of Altona
The Condemned of Altona FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed by Vittorio De Sica
Produced by Carlo Ponti
Written by Jean-Paul Sartre
Abby Mann
Cesare Zavattini
Starring Sophia Loren
Music by Nino Rota
Franco Ferrara
Cinematography Roberto Gerardi
Release date
  • 30 October 1962 (1962-10-30)
Running time
114 minutes
Country Italy
Language English
Box office $1.1 million (US/ Canada)[1][2]

The Condemned of Altona (Italian: I sequestrati di Altona) is a 1962 Italian-French drama film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It is based on the play of the same name by Jean-Paul Sartre.[3] For this film Vittorio De Sica won the David di Donatello for Best Director.[4]



Although the credits indicate music by Nino Rota, the music used in the film is from the third movement, "Eternal Memory," of the Symphony No. 11 ("Year 1905") by Dmitri Shostakovich.


  1. ^ "Top Rental Features of 1963", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 71. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
  2. ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p229
  3. ^ "The Condemned of Altona". NY Times. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  4. ^ Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877422211. 

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