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 MajettiSergey, 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

 

 

Filmography

 

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 biancaUn pilota ritorna