His Last Twelve Hours

His Last Twelve Hours (French: Pour l'amour du ciel, Italian: È più facile che un cammello...) is a 1951 French-Italian drama film directed by Luigi Zampa and starring Jean Gabin, Mariella Lotti and Elli Parvo.[1] The film's sets were designed by the art director Gastone Medin. It was shot at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia near Cinecittà in Rome.[2]

His Last Twelve Hours
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Directed byLuigi Zampa
Written byCesare Zavattini
Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Vitaliano Brancati
Produced byCarlo Civallero
StarringJean Gabin
Mariella Lotti
Elli Parvo
CinematographyCarlo Montuori
Edited byEraldo Da Roma
Music byNino Rota
Distributed byENIC
Pathé Consortium Cinéma
Release date
  • 14 February 1951 (1951-02-14)
Running time
81 minutes


Died in a car accident, the wealthy footwear industrialist Carlo Bacchi finds himself in the afterlife, where he is condemned to hell for having committed evil when he was alive. Defending himself from the accusation in a passionate harangue, however, he manages to get back to earth for a few hours, in order to repair the evil committed and above all the bad deed that caused Amedeo Santini's attempted suicide.



  1. ^ Hal Erickson (2011). "New York Times: His Last Twelve Hours". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2008.
  2. ^ Chiti & Poppi p.139


  • Chiti, Roberto & Poppi, Roberto. Dizionario del cinema italiano: Dal 1945 al 1959. Gremese Editore, 1991.

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