Unjustified Absence

Unjustified Absence (Italian: Assenza ingiustificata) is a 1939 Italian comedy film directed by Max Neufeld and starring Alida Valli, Amedeo Nazzari and Lilia Silvi. A girl leaves school to marry a doctor, but becomes annoyed by his constant absences and decides to secretly resume her studies.[1]

Unjustified Absence
Directed byMax Neufeld
Produced byGiuseppe Amato
Written byIstván Békeffy (play)
Amedeo Castellazzi
Aldo De Benedetti
Carlo Della Posta
Max Neufeld
StarringAlida Valli
Amedeo Nazzari
Lilia Silvi
Paolo Stoppa
Music byCesare A. Bixio
CinematographyVáclav Vích
Edited byMaria Rosada
Era Film
Distributed byMinerva Film
Release date
15 November 1939
Running time
90 minutes

It was shot at Cinecittà Studios with sets designed by the art director Gastone Medin.


  • Alida Valli as Vera Fabbri
  • Amedeo Nazzari as Il dottore Carlo Cristiani
  • Lilia Silvi as Luisa Albertini
  • Paolo Stoppa as Eugenio Sinibaldi
  • Guglielmo Barnabò as Il signor Fabbri
  • Lia Orlandini as La signora Fabbri
  • Lauro Gazzolo as Il preside
  • Olga Solbelli as La professoressa 'cattiva'
  • Giacomo Moschini as Il professore 'buono'
  • Pina Gallini as Un'insegnante
  • Giana Cellini as Una infermiera
  • Bianca Della Corte as Una compagna di scuola di Vera
  • Daniella Drei as Una compagna di scuola di Vera
  • Liliana Vismara as Una compagna di scuola di Vera
  • Armandina Bianchi as Una compagna di scuola di Vera
  • Maria-Pia Vivaldi as Una compagna di scuola di Vera
  • Nella Morganti as Una compagna di scuola di Vera
  • Luisa Papa as Una compagna di scuola di Vera


  1. Gundle p.226


  • Gundle, Stephen. Mussolini's Dream Factory: Film Stardom in Fascist Italy. Berghahn Books, 2013.
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