Under the Southern Cross (1938 film)

Under the Southern Cross (Italian: Sotto la croce del sud) is a 1938 Italian drama film directed by Guido Brignone and starring Antonio Centa, Doris Duranti and Enrico Glori.[1] The film is set in Italian-occupied Abyssinia following the recent Italian victory there.[2] It was one of a sequence of eight films set in Italy's African Empire during the Fascist era that were released between 1936 and 1939.[3] The film is a propaganda piece designed to support Fascist policy on empire and concerns about inter-racial romances.

Under the Southern Cross
Directed byGuido Brignone
Produced byGiorgio Carini
Written byLuigi Chiarelli
Arrigo Colombo
Jacopo Comin
Marisa Romano
StarringAntonio Centa
Doris Duranti
Enrico Glori
Giovanni Grasso
Music byRenzo Rossellini
CinematographyArturo Gallea
Aldo Tonti
Edited byGiuseppe Fatigati
Mediterranea Film
Distributed byCINF
Release date
October 1938
Running time
78 minutes

It was shot at the Tirrenia Studios in Tuscany and on location in the Galla Territory of Italian Ethiopia.


Marco the owner of a coffee plantation in Abyssinia, is trying to play his part in building the new Italian Empire. He becomes concerned however that his Italian staff, in the absence of their wives and families, are becoming overly attracted to native woman. His junior partner Paolo has to resist the allures of Mail├╣, an attractive young Middle Eastern woman.

Main cast


  1. Reich & Garofalo p.160
  2. Forgacs p.81
  3. Palumbo p.294


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  • Palumbo, Patrizia. A Place in the Sun: Africa in Italian Colonial Culture from Post-unification to the Present. University of California Press, 2003.
  • Reich, Jacqueline & Garofalo, Piero. Re-viewing Fascism: Italian Cinema, 1922-1943. Indiana University Press, 2002.
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