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Christmas at Camp 119 




Immediately after the armistice, some Italian soldiers, from various parts of the country, are imprisoned in the American prison camp 119, in the custody of a disliked sergeant and a major, on the other hand, very human. There they spend their days carrying out various small activities, enjoying listening to records or military radio, improvising makeshift banquets, and telling about past times.


The Roman Giuseppe Mancini tells others about when one afternoon he took his five children for a walk in Fori Imperiali. There he met a young girl from Turin, Mirella. To impress her, Giuseppe pretends not to be the father of the little boys who, in the meantime, are unleashed under the desperate gaze of the custodian of the Forums. Only when little Giulio falls off a wall and starts crying, Joseph's bluf is revealed. The man returns home and suffers his wife's remand. Don Vincenzino, a noble scion who loves the game, squandered all his fortunes, tells others about when he was saved by Gennarino, who simulated his funeral, using his mourning carriage to convince creditors that the man had just committed suicide. Guido instead tells of his love for the beautiful Fiammetta. The two had just become engaged in Florence before the war broke out. They had to separate and it was a painful detachment. Some time later Fiammetta discovers that she is pregnant with Guido knowing that her beloved is interned in a prisoner of war camp, but decides to marry her by proxy. Nane, a Venetian gondolier of beautiful presence, tells others about when he happened to gnaw and then seduce a beautiful married foreign lady. The woman was thrown as a wolf throughout Venice until, having to return to the ranks, she was forced to leave with her husband.






The film was shot for the interior at the SAFA Palatine studios in Rome. 



Country of Production: Italy

Year: 1947

Duration: 80 min

Technical Data: B/N

Genre: Comedy Drama

Director: Pietro Francisci

Subject: Michele Galdieri

Screenplay: Giuseppe Amato, Aldo Fabrizi

Producer: Giuseppe Amato

Production Company: Excelsa Film

Distribution : Minerva Film



Performers and characters



Aldo Fabrizi as Giuseppe Mancini

Vittorio De Sica as Don Vincenzino

Peppino de Filipo as Gennarino Capece

Massimo Girotti as Nane

Carlo Campanini as Chaplain Scapizzono

Alberto Rabagliati as Alberto il Milanese

Carlo Mazzarella as Ignatius

Aldo Fiorelli as Guido the Florentine 

Vera Cami: Mastery of Turin

Margherita Bagni as Donna Clara

Rocco D'Assunta as Lojacono Il Siciliano

Olga Vili: The Norwegian Tourist in Venice

Maria Mercader as Fiammetta

Nando Bruno: Guide to Rome

Adolfo Celi as John The Sergeant

Hail Nichi: Mrs. Mancini

Giacomo Rondinella as The Neapolitan singer