An Adventure of Salvator Rosa

An Adventure of Salvator Rosa (Italian: Un'avventura di Salvator Rosa) is a 1939 Italian historical adventure film directed by Alessandro Blasetti and starring Gino Cervi, Luisa Ferida and Rina Morelli.[1] It is set in seventeenth century Naples, then occupied by Spain, where a famous artist celebrated for his paintings of the rich leads a double life as a secret defender of the poor and oppressed.[2]

An Adventure of Salvator Rosa
Directed byAlessandro Blasetti
Produced byAndrea Di Robilant
Augusto Turati
Written byAlessandro Blasetti
Renato Castellani
Corrado Pavolini
Ugo Scotti Berni
Giuseppe Zucca
StarringGino Cervi
Luisa Ferida
Rina Morelli
Osvaldo Valenti
Music byAlessandro Cicognini
CinematographyVaclav Vich
Edited byMario Serandrei
Alessandro Blasetti
Stella Film
Distributed byENIC
Release date
16 December 1939
Running time
97 minutes

It was shot at the Cinecittà Studios in Rome. The film's sets were designed by the art director Virgilio Marchi.

At the time of its release the film was greeted with unanimous critical approval. Giuseppe Isani, on Cinema, referred to it as "the best Italian film produced from 1930 onwards."[3]



  1. Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876055487.
  2. Sorlin p.80
  3. Gianfranco Gori, Alessandro Blasetti, La nuova Italia, 1984. ISBN 8803920889.


  • Pierre Sorlin. Italian National Cinema. Routledge, 2006.

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