Roberto Rossellini's box-office success after a string of commercial failures, notably with Ingrid Bergman was also a return to the themes of the films which brought him international fame, Rome, Open City and his other neorealist classics.
Based on an article by the Italian journalist Indro Montanelli, Rossellini casts Vittorio De Sica as confidence trickster Emanuele Bardone who helps to save Italians arrested by the Gestapo or at least pretending to do so in exchange for money or gifts from their family. When he attempts to save a man already executed he is turned over by the man's wife and is given the choice of execution or carrying out a confidence trick for the Germans; to assume the identity of the General Della Rovere. Turning on his country to save his skin Bardone enters prison to seek out the identity of the partisan commander, Fabrizio.
Arrow Academy is pleased to present Roberto Rossellini's gripping resistance story with Vittorio De Sica in one of his greatest performances on DVD for the first time in the UK.