Breath of Life (1990 film)

Breath of Life (Italian: Diceria dell'untore) is a 1990 Italian drama film directed by Beppe Cino. It is an adaptation of Gesualdo Bufalino's 1981 novel, Diceria dell'untore. The film, starring Franco Nero and Vanessa Redgrave was released in Italy on 11 October 1990.

Breath of Life
Promotional poster
Directed byBeppe Cino
Produced byVincent Gallo
Franco Nero
Massimo Vigliar
Written byGesualdo Bufalino
Beppe Cino
StarringFranco Nero
Vanessa Redgrave
Fernando Rey
Music byAlberto Alessi
Carlo Siliotto
CinematographyFranco Delli Colli
Edited byEmanuele Foglietti
Release date
  • 11 October 1990 (1990-10-11)
Running time
96 minutes


In 1946, Gesualdo (Nero) is a recovering Second World War soldier in a Palermo TB clinic. Most of the patients are young yet are aware of their impending death. Gesualdo holds the same bleak expectations. Yet miraculously he recovers while all the others perish, including the medical professionals. Gesualdo is the only survivor that can bear witness to the ordeal in the clinic.[1]



  1. Peitsch, Helmut (2006). European Memories of the Second World War. Berghahn Books.

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