The Phantom Gondola

The Phantom Gondola (Italian:La gondola delle chimere) is a 1936 French-Italian drama film directed by Augusto Genina and starring Marcelle Chantal, Henri Rollan and Paul Bernard.[1] The film was a co-production between the two countries shot at the Cines Studios in Rome and based on a 1926 novel by Maurice Dekobra.

The Phantom Gondola
Directed byAugusto Genina
Written byMaurice Dekobra (novel)
Gino Valori
StarringMarcelle Chantal
Henri Rollan
Paul Bernard
Roger Karl
Music byCesare A. Bixio
Ezio Carabella
Armando Fragna
CinematographyAnchise Brizzi
Léonce-Henri Burel
Edited byFernando Tropea
Tiberia Film
Distributed byGrandi Film (Italy)
Release date
March 1936
Running time
85 minutes


A British aristocrat falls in love with a Venetian Count, without realising that he is a spy against the Turks. When she discovers that he has been captured by the notorious Sélim Pacha she does everything she can to save him.



Writing for The Spectator in 1936, Graham Greene gave the film a poor review, characterizing it as "a cheap, trivial and pretentious story by a popular writer of rather low reputation." While acknowledging that "it is one of the only two films this last year I have found myself unable to endure till the end," and that he had not therefore completed the entire film, Greene explained his action "for never has a melodrama proceeded so slowly, with such a saga-like tread".[2]

See also


  1. Nowell-Smith p.60
  2. Greene, Graham (10 July 1936). "One Rainy Afternoon/Janosik/The Phantom Gondola". The Spectator. (reprinted in: Taylor, John Russell, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. p. 87. ISBN 0192812866.)


  • Nowell-Smith, Geoffrey & Hay, James & Volpi, Gianni. The Companion to Italian Cinema. Cassell, 1996.
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