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Garibaldi (1961)

Viva l'Italia (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History | 2 February 1961 (Italy)
How Italy's historic national hero Giuseppe Garibaldi led a military campaign known as Expedition of the Thousand in 1860 and conquered Sicily and Naples.


Roberto Rossellini


Sergio Amidei (story), Antonio Petrucci (story) | 7 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Renzo Ricci ... Giuseppe Garibaldi
Paolo Stoppa Paolo Stoppa ... Nino Bixio
Franco Interlenghi ... Giuseppe Bandi
Giovanna Ralli ... Rosa
Leonardo Botta Leonardo Botta ... Menotti Garibaldi
Carlo Gazzabini Carlo Gazzabini ... Giuseppe Sirtori
Marco Mariani Marco Mariani ... Major Sforza
Gérard Herter ... French Journalist
Giovanni Petrucci Giovanni Petrucci ... Fabrizio Plutino
Pietro Braccialini Pietro Braccialini ... Giuseppe Mazzini
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... Captain Pietro G.B. Spangaro
Vando Tress Vando Tress ... Luigi Gusmaroli
Attilio Dottesio ... Francesco Crispi
Luigi Borghese Luigi Borghese ... Lieutenant De Laurentiis
Philippe Arthuys Philippe Arthuys ... Alexandre Dumas (as Philip Arthuys)


How Italy's historic national hero Giuseppe Garibaldi led a military campaign known as Expedition of the Thousand in 1860 and conquered Sicily and Naples.

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Drama | History


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Release Date:

2 February 1961 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Garibaldi See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 33583 delivered on 3-12-1960. See more »


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Not a lost masterpiece but well worth seeking out, nevertheless.
13 October 2019 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

I think you need some knowledge of Italian history to full appreciate Roberto Rossellini's "Viva L'Italia" which has now largely been forgotten, (it's certainly no "The Leopard"), but this account of Garibaldi's fight to unify Italy still has a lot to recommend it; the battle scenes alone are some of the best on film and Rossellini shoots a lot of it in the same neo-realist style with which he made his name. It's less successful when it comes to the somewhat heavy-handed dialogue sequences and the largely wooden performance of its lead, Renzo Ricci as Garibaldi.

Like Visconit's "The Leopard" it was fundamentally butchered by its American distributors who cut the film, dubbed it, consequently altering Rossellini's message but they couldn't alter the look of the film; visually this is one of the most beautiful of all Rossellini's work and its recent rediscovery is certainly welcome.

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