Before Him All Rome Trembled

Before Him All Rome Trembled (Italian: Avanti a lui tremava tutta Roma) is a 1946 Italian musical war melodrama film directed by Carmine Gallone and starring Anna Magnani, Tito Gobbi and Hans Hinrich. Ada and Marco are a pair of opera singers, who moonlight working for the Italian resistance at the time of the German occupation of Rome during the Second World War. They are sheltering a British soldier with whom they make contact with the advancing Allied forces. Sylistically the film is a hybrid between filmed performances of opera, and a neorealistic resistance melodrama.[1]

Before Him All Rome Trembled
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Directed byCarmine Gallone
Written by
CinematographyAnchise Brizzi
Edited byNiccolò Lazzari
Music byRenzo Rossellini
Excelsa Film
Distributed byMinerva Film
Release date
2 October 1946
Running time
98 minutes

The title refers to Giacomo Puccini's Tosca, which is performed during the film.



  1. ^ Bayman & Rigoletto p.42


  • Bayman, Louis & Rigoletto, Sergio. Popular Italian Cinema. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

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