The Old Guard (1934 film)

The Old Guard (Italian: Vecchia guardia) is a 1934 Italian drama film directed by Alessandro Blasetti and starring Gianfranco Giachetti, Mino Doro and Franco Brambilla. It was one several pro-Fascist films made by Blasetti during the era.[1] The film is set in a small Italian town in 1922, where a local group of Fascist blackshirts battle against rival socialists who have called a strike at the hospital. Mario, the young son of Doctor Cardini, is killed in the fighting. The film ends with the March on Rome that brought Benito Mussolini to power.

The Old Guard
Directed byAlessandro Blasetti
Written byLivio Apolloni
Giuseppe Zucca
Alessandro Blasetti
StarringGianfranco Giachetti
Mino Doro
Franco Brambilla
Maria Puccini
Music byUmberto Mancini
CinematographyOtello Martelli
Edited byIgnazio Ferronetti
Alessandro Blasetti
Fauno Film
Distributed byFilmimpero
Release date
Running time
91 minutes

Although intended as sympathetic to the regime, and the methods by which it came to power, the film was not popular with the Fascist hierarchy who felt its portrayal of violence undermined the respectable image the party was now trying to cultivate.[2]



  1. Gundle p.30
  2. Moliterno p.41


  • Gundle, Stephen. Mussolini's Dream Factory: Film Stardom in Fascist Italy. Berghahn Books, 2013.
  • Moliterno, Gino. Historical Dictionary of Italian Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2008.

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