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226 Ratings

The Great War

La grande guerra

Directed by Mario Monicelli
France, Italy, 1959
Comedy, Drama


Oreste from Rome and Giovanni from Milan meet each other during the call to arms at the start of World War I. Although completely different in character, they are united in their lack of idealism and their desire to avoid any danger in Mario Monicelli’s tragicomic masterpiece.

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The Great War Directed by Mario Monicelli

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1959 | Winner: Golden Lion

1959 | Special Mention

Academy Awards

1960 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

1960 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

1960 | 7 nominations including: Best Director

David di Donatello Awards

1960 | 2 wins including: Best Production

Critics reviews

The Great War is a reminder that warm humor is as effective an anti-war statement as cold, horrific irony. For one, the episodic nature of comedy, with its emphasis on riffs and routines over constant forward motion, suits a vision of a soldier’s life where more time is spent on labor, waiting, and bureaucracy than on the action itself. Most importantly, comedy glories in foolishness, laziness, lustfulness, cowardice, incompetence, insubordination, and gluttony.
April 05, 2015
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