Captured by the gestapo in war-torn Genoa, shameless swindler Grimaldi (Vittorio De Sica, director of The Bicycle Thief) is forced to help his captors snuff out members of the resistance by posing as a recently deceased general. Based on noted Italian journalist-author Indro Montanelli's novel of the same name, this gripping 1959 classic is directed by celebrated filmmaker Roberto Rossellini (The Flowers of St. Francis).

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