The Thrill of the Skies

The Thrill of the Skies (Italian: L'ebbrezza del cielo) is a 1940 Italian war film directed by Giorgio Ferroni and starring Silvana Jachino, Mario Giannini and Mario Ferrari. A group of aspiring young pilots in the city of Asiago construct a glider. After service in the Spanish Civil War, they return to a heroic reception in their home city.[1]

The Thrill of the Skies
Directed byGiorgio Ferroni
Produced bySandro Pallavicini
Written byGian Paolo Callegari
Remigio Del Grosso
Domenico Paolella
Raoul Quattrocchi
Giorgio Ferroni
StarringSilvana Jachino
Mario Giannini
Mario Ferrari
Aldo Fiorelli
Music byAmedeo Escobar
CinematographyVincenzo Seratrice
Edited byGiorgio Simonelli
Distributed byCine Tirrenia
Release date
8 March 1940
Running time
98 minutes

Much of the film was shot on location around Asiago. Although mostly filmed in black-and-white, the last few minutes are in Dufaycolor.[2] Ferroni had recently returned from Spain, where he had directed pro-Nationalist documentaries.[3]



  1. Brunetta p.93
  2. Raimondo-Souto p.212-13
  3. Brunetta p.93


  • Brunetta, Gian Piero. The History of Italian Cinema: A Guide to Italian Film from Its Origins to the Twenty-first Century. Princeton University Press, 2009.
  • Raimondo-Souto, H. Mario. Motion Picture Photography: A History, 1891-1960. McFarland, 2006.
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