Under the Southern Cross (1938 film)

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Under the Southern Cross
Directed by Guido Brignone
Produced by Giorgio Carini
Written by Luigi Chiarelli
Arrigo Colombo
Jacopo Comin
Marisa Romano
Starring Antonio Centa
Doris Duranti
Enrico Glori
Giovanni Grasso
Music by Renzo Rossellini
Cinematography Arturo Gallea
Aldo Tonti
Edited by Giuseppe Fatigati
Mediterranea Film
Distributed by CINF
Release date
October 1938
Running time
78 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Under the Southern Cross (Italian:Sotto la croce del sud) is a 1938 Italian drama film directed by Guido Brignone and starring Antonio Centa, Doris Duranti and Enrico Glori.[1] The film is set in Italian-occupied Abyssinia following the recent Italian victory there.[2] It was one of a sequence of eight films set in Italy's African Empire during the Fascist era that were released between 1936 and 1939.[3] The film is a propaganda piece designed to support Fascist policy on empire and concerns about inter-racial romances.


Marco the owner of a coffee plantation in Abyssinia, is trying to play his part in building the new Italian Empire. He becomes concerned however that his Italian staff, in the absence of their wives and families, are becoming overly attracted to native woman. His junior partner Paolo has to resist the allures of Mailù, an attractive young Middle Eastern woman.

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  1. ^ Reich & Garofalo p.160
  2. ^ Forgacs p.81
  3. ^ Palumbo p.294


  • Forgacs, David. Italy's Margins: Social Exclusion and Nation Formation since 1861. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • Palumbo, Patrizia. A Place in the Sun: Africa in Italian Colonial Culture from Post-unification to the Present. University of California Press, 2003.
  • Reich, Jacqueline & Garofalo, Piero. Re-viewing Fascism: Italian Cinema, 1922-1943. Indiana University Press, 2002.

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