Men and Heaven
During the war, four officers, airmen of a squadron, disperse on several fronts. The pilot George, injured, no longer believes in anything and, while recovering, search the other three friends. The first is now devoid of the right arm and works to censorship, where it composes poems. The second has lost a leg and hearing, and builds an existence with a girl. The third withdrew, concluding deals and accumulates wealth. George understands that in adversity, the moral forces allege the men and offer its mark the existence of each.
Original title: men and heaven
Country of production: Italy
Duration: 92 minutes
Director: Francesco De Robertis
Subject: Francesco De Robertis
Screenplay: Francesco De Robertis
Production company: Scalera Film
Photography: Mario Bava, Carlo Badra
Editing: Francesco De Robertis
Music: Francesco De Robertis
Bruno Alfio Taccari
Anna Maria Mancini
The war is the background and cause the psychological distress of the characters, and is understood by the viewer in a negative sense. The pilot Taddei, cynical and materialistic industrial marries a woman for interest and collect money: her figure is the latest examples of antibourgeois policy of the regime. A movie that knows some moments of emotion that overwhelms the characters in the description of sentimental positive emphasis in the final moments of the episodes. The film, which shows, in hybrid ideologically contradiction, two distinct phases of history. The images, the stories and the characters reaffirm faithfulness to traditional heroic ideal and typical of Fascist period; dialogues against the futility of a war that is being fought by being certain of defeat and denounce the recklessness of a first cause of a "country threw to suicide". On the one hand the images magnify vessels and aircraft; the other dialogues about seaplanes "Museum"