Aldebaran (film)

Aldebaran is a 1935 Italian drama film directed by Alessandro Blasetti and starring Gino Cervi, Evi Maltagliati and Gianfranco Giachetti. The film was a naval melodrama, an attempt by Blasetti to make a more commercial film following the difficulties encountered with the propagandist The Old Guard (1934).[1]

Directed byAlessandro Blasetti
Produced byGiulio Manenti
Written byLeo Bomba
Corrado D'Errico
Giuseppe Zucca
Alessandro Blasetti
StarringGino Cervi
Evi Maltagliati
Gianfranco Giachetti
Egisto Olivieri
Music byUmberto Mancini
CinematographyUbaldo Arata
Massimo Terzano
Edited byAlessandro Blasetti
Manenti Film
Distributed byMGM
Release date
Running time
98 minutes


After a couple of projects had either been postponed or fallen through for Blasetti, it was suggested that he should make a film about the navy in peacetime. The result is this strange film, which at the outset plays like a propaganda piece for the might of the Italian navy, only to veer off into high melodrama, as it zeroes in on Commander Corrado Valeri (Gino Cervi), and his conflict between duty and the jealousy of his wife. There are comedic asides, a visit to a North African club, affording Blasetti to contribute the first scenes of nudity in Italian film, and there are moments of heroics, including a mission to rescue the doomed crew of a wrecked submarine. As if all of that was not more than enough, the film features a star-studded cast including Evi Maltagliati, Gianfranco Giachetti, Doris Duranti, Elisa Cegani (in her debut), and even a brief cameo by Blasetti himself.[2]




  • Moliterno, Gino. Historical Dictionary of Italian Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2008.

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