Kean: Genius or Scoundrel

Kean: Genius or Scoundrel (Italian: Kean - Genio e sregolatezza) is a 1956 Italian historical biographical film co-written, directed by and starring Vittorio Gassman. It also features Eleonora Rossi Drago, Gérard Landry and Valentina Cortese A dramatization of the life of nineteenth century actor Edmund Kean, it is based on the drama play Kean (1836) by Alexandre Dumas and its 1953 adaptation with the same name by Jean-Paul Sartre.[1][2] It was Gassman's first film as director.[3] It was screened at the Locarno Film Festival in 1957.

Kean: Genius or Scoundrel
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German theatrical poster
Directed byVittorio Gassman
Produced byFranco Cristaldi
Written bySuso Cecchi D'Amico
Vittorio Gassman
Francesco Rosi
StarringVittorio Gassman
Eleonora Rossi Drago
Gérard Landry
Valentina Cortese
Music byRoman Vlad
CinematographyGianni Di Venanzo
Edited byEnzo Alfonzi
Distributed byLux Film
Release date
4 March 1957
Running time
83 minutes

The film's sets were designed by the art director Gianni Polidori. Much of the film was shot at the Teatro Valle in Rome.



  1. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876055487.
  2. ^ Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti - Dizionario dei film. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269.
  3. ^ Moliterno p.144


  • Moliterno, Gino. The A to Z of Italian Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2009.

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