Castles in the Air (1939 film)

Castles in the Air (Italian: Castelli in aria) is a 1939 Italian comedy film directed by Augusto Genina and starring Lilian Harvey, Vittorio De Sica and Otto Treßler.[1] It was made at Cinecittà in Rome, as part of a co-production with Germany. A separate German-language version was also released. It is based on a novel by Franz Karl Franchy.

Castles in the Air
Directed byAugusto Genina
Produced byC.O. Barbieri
Written byFranz Karl Franchy (novel)
Renato Castellani
Alessandro De Stefani
Mario Soldati
Franz Tanzler
Augusto Genina
StarringLilian Harvey
Vittorio De Sica
Otto Treßler
Hilde von Stolz
Music byAlessandro Cicognini
CinematographyGünther Anders
Konstantin Irmen-Tschet
Edited byWaldemar Gaede
Fernando Tropea
Astra Film
Distributed byGeneralcine (Italy)
UFA (Germany)
Release date
19 March 1939
Running time
96 minutes


A wardrobe mistress at a Vienna theatre wins a competition, receiving as her prize a luxury tour round Italy. On the train she meets an impoverished young Italian who pretends to be a prince.

Partial cast


  1. Moliterno p.80


  • Moliterno, Gino. The A to Z of Italian Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2009.
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