Before Him All Rome Trembled

Before Him All Rome Trembled (Italian: Avanti a lui tremava tutta Roma) is a 1946 Italian musical war melodrama film directed by Carmine Gallone and starring Anna Magnani, Tito Gobbi and Hans Hinrich. Ado and Marco are a pair of opera singers, who moonlight working for the Italian resistance at the time of the German occupation of Rome during the Second World War. They are sheltering a British soldier with whom they make contact with the advancing Allied forces. Sylistically the film is a hybrid between filmed performances of opera, and a neorealistic resistance melodrama.[1]

Before Him All Rome Trembled
Directed byCarmine Gallone
Written byGherardo Gherardi
Gaspare Cataldo
Carmine Gallone
StarringAnna Magnani
Tito Gobbi
Hans Hinrich
Gino Sinimberghi
Music byRenzo Rossellini
CinematographyAnchise Brizzi
Edited byNiccolò Lazzari
Excelsa Film
Distributed byMinerva Film
Release date
2 October 1946
Running time
98 minutes

The title refers to Giacomo Puccini's Tosca, which is performed during the film.



  1. Bayman & Rigoletto p.42


  • Bayman, Louis & Rigoletto, Sergio. Popular Italian Cinema. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
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