A Garibaldian in the Convent

A Garibaldian in the Convent (Italian: Un garibaldino al convento) is a 1942 Italian historical comedy drama romantic film directed by Vittorio De Sica and starring Leonardo Cortese, María Mercader and Carla Del Poggio. It is considered the work with which De Sica concludes the series of light comedies largely set in colleges and institutions for young girls and period costumes to enter into films of more contemporary and popular settings that will result in post-war neorealistic works. It was screened in November 1991 as part of a retrospective of De Sica's films at the Museum of Modern Art.[1] It was shot at the Palatino Studios in Rome. The film's sets were designed by the art director Veniero Colasanti.

A Garibaldian in the Convent
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Directed byVittorio De Sica
Written byRenato Angiolillo
Adolfo Franci
Margherita Maglione
Giuseppe Zucca
Alberto Vecchietti
Vittorio De Sica
Produced byMario Borghi
StarringLeonardo Cortese
María Mercader
Carla Del Poggio
CinematographyAlberto Fusi
Edited byMario Bonotti
Music byRenzo Rossellini
Production
companies
Cristallo Film
Industria Cinematografica Italiana
Distributed byIndustria Cinematografica Italiana
Release date
  • 10 March 1942 (1942-03-10)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryItaly
LanguageItalian

PlotEdit

A grandmother tells the story of a picture to her grandchildren of how many years before, she and her rival María Mercader as Mariella Dominiani, were both students of the convent of Santa Rossana. But their lives change when a wounded Garibaldi soldier, Count Amidei is hid on the grounds by the head of the convent, Tiepolo. Mariella, who knows the soldier and is engaged with him, cares for him. But the soldier is discovered and the nuns report him to opposing soldiers, who come for him. Tiepolo, and Mariella desperately try to stop them and barricade themselves with the soldier. Here, young Carla Del Poggio as Caterinetta Bellelli jumps on a horse is chased by the soldiers. But she reaches Garibaldi lines and with the help of Vittorio De Sica as Nino Bixio lads then back to the convent, and gets Count Amidei back to friendly lines, but he later dies in battle.

As the grandmother, (who is Caterinetta) finishes the story, her friend Mariella arrives, who has never married, and the nephews, look on understanding now.

CastEdit

 
A promotion of the film in the newspapers
 
Carla Del Poggio and Maria Mercader, the two very young actresses in the film

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "De Sica Screening Schedule". nytimes.com. 4 October 1991. Retrieved 5 September 2010.

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