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El Alamein - The Line of Fire (2002)

El Alamein - La linea del fuoco (original title)
War seen through the eyes of Serra, a university student from Palermo who volunteers in 1942 to fight in Africa. He is assigned to the Pavia Division on the southern line in Egypt. Rommel ... See full summary »

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Enzo Monteleone

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Enzo Monteleone
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paolo Briguglia Paolo Briguglia ... Pvt. Serra
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Sgt. Rizzo
Luciano Scarpa Luciano Scarpa ... Spagna
Emilio Solfrizzi ... Lt. Fiore
Thomas Trabacchi ... Capt. De Vita
Sergio Albelli Sergio Albelli ... Lt. Sforza
Piero Maggiò ... Tarozzi
Antonio Petrocelli Antonio Petrocelli
Giuseppe Cederna ... Capt. Medician
Roberto Citran ... The Colonel
Silvio Orlando ... The General
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matteo Albano Matteo Albano ... Carabiniere Avamposto Munizionamento
Lorenzo Balducci ... Soldato Trincea
Massimiliano Cutrera Massimiliano Cutrera
Fabio Ferri Fabio Ferri
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War seen through the eyes of Serra, a university student from Palermo who volunteers in 1942 to fight in Africa. He is assigned to the Pavia Division on the southern line in Egypt. Rommel and the Axis forces are bogged down; it's October, the British prepare an offensive. At first, boredom, heat, hunger, and thirst bedevil the Italians; then the Brits attack, and there's no luck or heroism in death. Finally, it's retreat in confusion. Serra, his sergeant Rizzo, and his lieutenant Fiori take a last walk toward home. It's said that each soldier gets three miracles; when Serra's are used up, what then? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

8 November 2002 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

El Alamein See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$975,881
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Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The motorcycle which delivers volunteer Private Serra at the beginning and then rescues him at the end is a Moto Guzzi SuperAlce. See more »

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The car wreck where the sniper was hiding is clearly a post WWII Land Rover (a series-II or III build after 1958) See more »

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A rare chance to get the Italian perspective on WWII in the desert
3 May 2008 | by moss_iconSee all my reviews

History has not been kind to the Italian army for it's efforts in WWII, garnering a rather depressing image. Ill-equipped, ill-trained and ill-led, they were trounced by the British in North Africa prior to Rommel and the Afrika Korp's arrival, and later gave up the ghost in their own country with little resistance. So it is interesting to get the viewpoint of that nation on the subject of their part in the war. This film portrays the trials of a division on the front. It dispenses with the traditional war movie clichés, guns blazing, American heroics, you're more than familiar with it... choosing instead to focus more on the lives of the soldiers who have tired of a conflict that is heading nowhere bar the inevitable defeat whilst the British horde their forces. The initial hour covers small tales and little moments that break the boredom of life on the immobile front. An artillery attack here, a swim in the ocean there, a bullet dodged, a mortar shell detonating just far enough away to allow the soldiers to see another day. I enjoy this style of movie, where it does not attempt to tell a grand story, rather give us an insight into how people cope with being alive in such a morbid situation.

The second half of the film sees the British finally assault the Italian lines, which are overwhelmed by the sheer weight of numbers that are brought to bear. The division is over-run and forced to retreat, and no longer is anything relevant to these men but the slim hope of survival, pushing on, hoping to make it home. Ridiculous orders to stand fast come down from Il Duce, far removed from the ravages of desert war. The film becomes a detached, dreamlike affair as the dwindling force stumbles through the dry desert, pushed westward, severely lacking food and water.

This film may also hold the distinction of being the only WWII movie to feature full frontal male nudity, but I can't qualify that comment. Beyond that, this is an excellent movie - devoid of the trappings of Hollywood and presenting the conflict from the viewpoint of a bitter, soul-crushing defeat for the Italians. They may have been over-matched, but they were no different to any other soldier who just wanted to make it to the end of the war.

Top notch.


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