Italiani brava gente (1964) [English dub] AKA Attack and Retreat


Beautifully photographed and lyrically written, this largely factual account of Mussolini’s disastrous invasion of Russia during World War II tells the story of an Italian regiment through the eyes of a farmer from Emilia, a plumber from Rome, a miner from Puglia and a colonel.

Director: Giuseppe De Santis.
Stars: Arthur Kennedy, Zhanna Prokhorenko, Raffaele Pisu, Tatyana Samojlova, Andrea Checchi, Riccardo Cucciolla, Valeri Somov, Nino Vingelli, Lev Prygunov, Grigory Mikhaylov, Peter Falk, Vincenzo Polizzi, Ivan Paramonov, Gino Pernice, Boris Kozhukhov, Sergei Lukyanov, Ervin Knausmyuller. AKA Attack and Retreat


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  1. Steves
    August 25, 2018

    Great, Jon! Thanks for all the fine work!!

  2. Robert Russell
    August 25, 2018

    Epic lost Eastern Front account of Italy’s doomed aspirations in the USSR….thanks a lot, Jon.

  3. Allan
    February 7, 2019

    A sympathetic portrayal of Italian soldiers fighting on the Russian front. The soldiers try to preserve something like humanity despite being in thrall to their German allies. They face courageous Russian soldiers and civilians who are more their natural comrades than the Germans but ultimately their cause is lost as it should be.
    A film worth watching from the director of Bitter Rice. I hope Rome 11 o’clock De Santis’ classic neo-realist film might be added to the list sometime.. A really great film..

  4. Grimalkin Meow
    June 2, 2023

    This iz an amazingly exquisite WWII movie that blows all American/Hollywood crap 2 hell!!! Meow only just found it Bcuz meow got so fwakkin gakked @ movies! network picking the 3 shittiest movies Peter Falk ever appeared in 2 broadcast tomorrow!!! The asshatz should instead show this film, Machine Gun McCabe & Wings of Desire if they really want 2 tribute ol’ Pete! This country’s going down the shitter in chunx, meow tellz yuh!!
    Purrry Thanx fur making this Gem available 2 us hoi polloi! Even Gerry Carlson off City Cinematigue ain’t got the brains 2 air this!

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