Rossano Brazzi Filmography

Il bravo di Venezia (1941)

"The Hero of Venice"


"Il bravo is not easily translated. Typically, the 'bravi" class in Italy referred to young men who aligned themselves with powerful nobles, acting as protectors, guards, warriors. Depending on the moral character of the nobleman in question, they could also be dangerous, drunken, law-breaking louts. In this film, the word may mean a "swashbuckling hero, a brave, courageous warrior", etc. Very loosely, we'll translate this as "The Hero of Venice". Rossano's popularity with the Italian movie-going public is evident in this poster created for the film: he doesn't even play the role of the "Bravo" of the title - that was actor Gustav Diessl. Rossano played the younger brother of "Il Bravo" - not an inconsequential role to be sure, as he was important to the plot - but his full appearance on the poster as opposed to Diessl's masked one is noteworthy.


Rossano Brazzi on the poster for Il bravo di Venezia (1941).
Cast
Paola Barbara, Leonora
Rossano Brazzi, Guido Fuser, suo figlio (di Marco Fuser)
Romano Calò 1883-1952, L'avogadore
Emilio Cigoli, Alvise Guoro
Valentina Cortese, Alina
Giorgio Costantini
Angelo Dessy, Matteo
Gustav Diessl, Marco Fuser, il bravo
Carlo Duse, Mastro Zaccaria
Cesare Fantoni, Il veronese
Pina Gallini, Clotilde, la governante
Achille Majeroni, L'inquisitore
Alfredo Martinelli
Giacomo Moschini, Il doge (see Il re si diverte)
Giulio Paoli, Callisto
Giuseppe Pierozzi, Il cerusico
Erminio Spalla (1897-1971), Franco
Giulio Tempesti

Director
Carlo Campogalliani
Domenico Gaido, AD, also costumes
Roberto Bianchi Montero

Set Designer
Gustavo Abel (see Il ponte di vetro )

Composer
Umberto Mancini (see Il ponte di vetro)

Director of Photography
Otello Martinelli (see Kean)

Production
Scalera Films

Synopsis/Review

Sentenced to death, a gentleman-bandit escapes, accepting the role of Il Bravo, a secret Executioner. To save his son's life, he loses his own ransom. Campogalliani, already active in the silent era, was a strong creator of popular cinema. Magnificent scenes and rhythm.

Italian: Condannato a morte, bandito-gentiluomo scampa accettando la funzione di Bravo, un boia segreto. Per salvare la vita del figlio, perde la propria e si riscatta. Campogalliani, giÓ attivo nel muto, era un robusto artefice di cinema popolare. Scene sfarzose e ritmo.

Source: http://www.mymovies.it/dizionario/recensione.asp?id=3681.

Notes
Barbara also worked on Il re si diverte.
Cigoli also worked on Noi Vivi/Addio, Kira
Valentina Cortese worked with Rossano over many decades: Il signora dell o'vest, I dieci comandamenti, Il passatore, Il corriere del re, La contessa scalza (in English, it's better known as The Barefoot Contessa. She plays his sister), Il conte aquila, Il cav Costante Nicosia demonaico (Dracula in the Provinces). She was married to American actor Richard Basehart.
Diessl, an Austrian, also worked on Maria Malibran.
Spalla also worked on I due Foscari. He was also a boxing champion, and bass singer.
Campogalliani also directed Silenzio, si gira!
Gaido worked as both an assistant director, and on the costumes. He also worked on costumes for La gorgona.
Montero also worked on I contrabbandieri del mare.


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