Condottieri (film)

Condottieri is a 1937 Italian historical film directed by Luis Trenker and starring Trenker, Loris Gizzi and Laura Nucci. It portrays the life of Giovanni de' Medici, a celebrated condottiere of the sixteenth century. A separate German-language version was also made.

Directed byLuis Trenker
Written byKurt Heuser
Mirko Jelusich
Luis Trenker
StarringLuis Trenker
Loris Gizzi
Laura Nucci
Carla Sveva
Music byGiuseppe Becce
CinematographyWalter Hege
Carlo Montuori
Klaus von Rautenfeld
Edited byGiorgio Simonelli
Distributed byENIC
Release date
Running time
88 minutes

The film received 9.6 million lire of funding from the Italian government,[1] as part as a major drive by the Fascist authorities to develop the Italian film industry (which also involved the construction of the large Cinecittà complex in Rome). Along with Scipio Africanus, the film was an attempt to harness history to support the Fascist regime's current policies. Condottieri drew parallels between the dictator Benito Mussolini and the historical figure of de' Medici, portraying both as unifying Italy.[2] The film's elaborate sets were designed by Virgilio Marchi.


See also


  1. Ricci p.90
  2. Gundle p.24


  • Gundle, Stephen. Mussolini's Dream Factory: Film Stardom in Fascist Italy. Berghahn Books, 2013.
  • Ricci, Steven. Cinema and Fascism: Italian Film and Society. University of California Press, 2008.

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