The film is set in the Libyan city Bengasi at the time of its siege, and then conquest, at the hands of the English (1941). It narrates the stories of different characters, both soldiers and civilians, whose lives are disrupted by the war. Despite being a propaganda film (which ends when Bengasi is reconquered by the Italians), it goes beyond propaganda, especially in its moving creation of a collective portrayal, and in its unusual and powerful depiction of women.
The film won the Mussolini cup at 1942 Venice Festival, for best Italian film.
Carlo Bassoli Jr
Alessandro De Stefani
Amedeo Carlo Buffa (known as 'Amedeo Nazzari')
Vivienne Trumpy (known as 'Vivi Gioi')
Maria Tasnádi Fekete (known as 'Maria De Tasnady')
Laura Corvisier Reder
Release Date :
05 Sep, 1942