Produced in 1945, Fuga in Francia was first released outside of Italy in 1949. Folco Lulli essays the difficult role of a war criminal who escapes prosecution by hiding out in France. Though there is nothing inherently likeable about his character, the Lulli manages to stir up a reasonable amount of sympathy for his plight. Only in the last scenes does the "hero" prove to be the scum that he truly is. Of the supporting cast, Pietro Germi stands out as an ardent anti-fascist who refuses to buy Lulli's protestations of innocence. Director Mario Soldati later became a prolific second-unit man, helming scenes for such spectaculars as War and Peace and Ben-Hur.
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