|Directed by||Roberto Rossellini|
|Produced by||Oscar Brazzi|
|Written by||Sergio Amidei|
|Music by||Renzo Rossellini|
|Edited by||Roberto Cinquini|
138 minutes (director's cut)
The film shows how Italy's historic national hero Giuseppe Garibaldi (played by Renzo Ricci) leads a military campaign known as the Expedition of the Thousand in 1860 and conquers Sicily and Naples. When the Bourbon monarchy has left Southern Italy, he supports Victor Emmanuel II of Italy who achieves a lasting unification under the aegis of the House of Savoy.
Roberto Rossellini stated he was more proud of this film than of any other film he ever made.
- "'Of all my films' Rossellini once said, 'I'm proudest of Viva L'Italia. I consider it important as a work of research, the most carefully done of all my films.'". Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
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