The Bandit (1946 film)

The Bandit (Italian: Il Bandito) is a 1946 Italian drama film directed by Alberto Lattuada and starring Anna Magnani, Amedeo Nazzari and Carla Del Poggio. Amedeo Nazzari won the Nastro d'Argento as Best Actor. The film was entered into the 1946 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Il Bandito
Directed byAlberto Lattuada
Produced byDino De Laurentiis
Written byOreste Biancoli
Mino Caudana
Alberto Lattuada
Ettore Margadonna
Tullio Pinelli
Piero Tellini
StarringAnna Magnani
Amedeo Nazzari
Carla Del Poggio
Music byFelice Lattuada
CinematographyAldo Tonti
Edited byMario Bonotti
Release date
5 October 1946
Running time
80 minutes


A contingent of Italian prisoners of war arrive on a train from Germany after World War II to Turin. The city where Ernesto (played by Nazzari) lives has been bombed, his mother is dead and his sister has gone missing. State help for returning veterans is scant and bureaucracy rampant. Ernesto tries to get an honest job, but fails. After finding a lost purse and meeting the dangerously seductive Lidia (played by Anna Magnani), Ernesto discovers the whereabouts of his lost sister (played by Carla del Poggio), who has turned to prostitution to survive during the war years. He unwittingly causes her death, kills her pimp, escapes capture with Lidia's help and joins her gangster band.



  1. "Festival de Cannes: The Bandit". Retrieved 3 January 2009.
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