The Flame That Will Not Die

The Flame That Will Not Die (Italian: Fiamma che non si spegne) is a 1949 Italian war drama film directed by Vittorio Cottafavi and starring Gino Cervi, María Denis and Leonardo Cortese.[1] It is based on the story of Salvo D'Acquisto, a Carabinieri officer who died to save others being executed by the Germans during the Second World War.

The Flame That Will Not Die
Directed byVittorio Cottafavi
Produced byFranco Navarra Vigiani
Written bySiro Angeli
Oreste Biancoli
Giorgio Capitani
Giuliano Conte
Vittorio Cottafavi
Mario Pagani
Fulvio Palmieri
Alberto Pozzetti
Franco Navarra Vigiani (novel)
StarringGino Cervi
María Denis
Leonardo Cortese
Music byAlessandro Cicognini
CinematographyGábor Pogány
Edited byRenzo Lucidi
Orsa Film
Distributed byENIC
Release date
21 September 1949
Running time
95 minutes

It was made at Cinecittà Studios. The film's sets were designed by Ottavio Scotti.



  1. Bonsaver & Gordon p.104


  • Guido Bonsaver & Robert Gordon. Culture, Censorship and the State in Twentieth-century Italy. European Humanities Research Centre, 2005.
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