La Vita Ricomincia

Mario Mattoli

Sog.: Aldo De Benedetti, Mario Mattoli; Scen.: Aldo De Benedetti, Mario Mattoli, Steno (non accreditato); F.: Ubaldo Arata; Mo.: Fernando Tropea; Scgf.: Gastone Medin; Mu.: Ezio Cara- bella; Su: Giovanni Bianchi; Int.: Alida Valli (Pa- trizia Martini), Fosco Giachetti (Paolo Martini), Eduardo De Filippo (Professore), Anna Haardt (Baronessa Magda Hubert), Maria Donati (Maria), Carlo Romano (Croci), Aldo Silvani (giudice istruttore), Nando Bruno (Scorcelletti, il camionista), Ughetto Bertucci (Righetto), Maurizio Ceselli (Sandrino Martini), Fabrizio Tosi (Maurizio, l’amichetto di Sandrino); Prod.: Excelsa Film; Pri. pro.: 21 settembre 1945 35mm. D.: 84’; Bn.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

It is, if we are not wrong, the third Italian post-war film and the idea inspiring it is a good one: showing that the drama of these last fives years has not only made soldiers suffer, and that ruin has not only struck the bombed houses (...). The idea is a good one (...) and the results would have been better if they had not so often been expressed in words rather than by events. Mattòli is an intelligent director but he should beware dialogists. Nonetheless, he has managed to provide us with a portrait – albeit one a little over-stressed in certain points – in the context of Italy today, and this is already a great deal. The cast have done their best, and some of Giachetti’s silences are no less effective than some of Alida Valli’s tears and some of Eduardo De Filippo’s witticisms. In short, the film is not tiresome and is even moving in parts.

Indro Montanelli, “Corriere d’Informazione”, Milan, 22 December 1945

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