The man on the cross


Ukraine, Russian front, the summer of 1942; a Department of C.S.I.R. tanks back from an act of war, receives the order to relocate their base camp to help maneuver warfare. Men and equipment moving according to the established plan, except the chaplain of the Department (Tade) which remains to assist a wounded tank crew not transportable. Captured by Russians, manages to escape and finds refuge with the wounded to a cottage where he was able to exercise his apostolate among women and children who have fled.


Film notes


Movie title: the man on the Cross


Country of origin: Italy


Year: 1943


Duration: 88 min.


Color: Black/White


Audio: Sound


Genre: drama, war


Director: Roberto Rossellini


Subject: Asvero Gravelli


Screenplay: Asvero Gravelli, Alberto Consiglio, John Of Alicandro, Roberto Rossellini.


Production company: Continetalcine for Cines


Distribution: ENIC National Film Industries


Photography: William Langley, Alberto Implements, Rodolfo Lombardi, Giuseppe Rotunno


Music: Renzo Rossellini


Art Director: Gaston Medin


Actors and characters


Alberto Tade: chaplain


Roswita Schmidt: Irina


Aldo Calixto: a soldier student


Franco Soldati: The Russian soldier wounded


Attilio Dottesio: The wounded tank crew


Doris Hild: Russian peasant


Gualtiero Islenghi: The Russian soldier party card


Antonio Majetti: Sergey, the people's Commissar


Piero Pastore: The Russian tanker disfigured husband of Irina


Marcello Tanzi: Other Soldier


Zoia Weeda: The Russian peasant parturient


Antonio Surano: the soldier who witnessed the baptism


Frank Parker: the soldier shot





Julius Panicali: the chaplain


Rosetta Calavetta: Irina


The film was shot in black and white in the countryside of Ladispoli, with non-professional actors, is inspired by the sacrifice of Padre Reginaldo Giuliani and closes the trilogy-esque fascist war; La nave bianca; Un pilota ritorna