Cavalry (1936 Italian film)

Cavalry (Italian: Cavalleria) is a 1936 Italian drama film directed by Goffredo Alessandrini and starring Amedeo Nazzari, Elisa Cegani and Luigi Carini. The film marked Nazzari's first role as a lead actor, after making his film debut the previous year. It was a box office success and established some of his personal traits that would be brought out even more clearly in his breakthrough role Luciano Serra, Pilot (1938).[1]

Directed byGoffredo Alessandrini
Written bySalvatore Gotta
Oreste Biancoli
Fulvio Palmieri
Aldo Vergano
StarringAmedeo Nazzari
Elisa Cegani
Luigi Carini
Mario Ferrari
Music byEnzo Masetti
CinematographyVáclav Vích
Edited byGiorgio Simonelli
Distributed byLux Film
Release date
23 October 1936
Running time
88 minutes


Umberto Solaro, a young cavalry officer, falls in love with a Piedmont Count's daughter. They develop a romantic attachment, but she marries an Austrian baron under family pressure. After his horse dies in an accident during a completion, Solaro transfers into the newly formed Italian Air Force. He falls heroically in combat during the First World War.


  • Amedeo Nazzari as Umberto Solaro
  • Elisa Cegani as Speranza di Frassineto
  • Luigi Carini as Speranza's father
  • Mario Ferrari as Alberto Ponza
  • Enrico Viarisio as Sottotenente Rolla
  • Clara Padoa as Countess Clotilde, Speranza's mother
  • Silvana Jachino as Carlotta di Frasseneto
  • Adolfo Geri as Vittorio di Frasseneto
  • Ernst Nadherny as Baron of Austria
  • Anna Magnani as Fanny
  • Nora D'Alba as Countess Sandi
  • Silvio Bagolini as Attendant Bagolini
  • Fausto Guerzoni as Other Attendant
  • Oreste Fares as The Doctor
  • Umberto Casilini as Member of the Union Circle
  • Walter Grant as Superior Official
  • Cecyl Tryan as Lady of Torino's Aristocracy
  • Michele Malaspina as Cavalry Officer
  • Albino Principe as Carlotta's Husband
  • Rosina Adrario as Countess Adrari


  1. Gundle p.187


  • Gundle, Stephen. Mussolini's Dream Factory: Film Stardom in Fascist Italy. Berghahn Books, 2013.
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