DirectorRoberto Rossellini Music directorRenzo Rossellini LanguageItalian
WriterMichelangelo Antonioni, Ugo Betti, Gherardo Gherardi, Rosario Leone, Margherita Maglione, Massimo Mida, Vittorio Mussolini Release date8 April 1942 CastMassimo Girotti, Michela Belmonte, Piero Lulli ScreenplayRoberto Rossellini, Michelangelo Antonioni Similar moviesMassimo Girotti movies, Directed by Roberto Rossellini, Movies about Italy
A Pilot Returns (Italian:Un pilota ritorna) is a 1942 Italian war film directed by Roberto Rossellini and starring Massimo Girotti, Michela Belmonte and Piero Lulli. The film forms part of Rossellini's "Fascist trilogy" along with The White Ship (1941) and The Man with a Cross (1943). It was made with the co-operation of the Italian Air Force. The film's sets were designed by the architect Virgilio Marchi.
During the 1940-1941 Italian invasion of Greece, an Italian pilot is shot down and captured by British forces who place him in a prisoner-of-war camp. While there he meets and falls in love with a young Italian woman who has volunteered to care for the prisoners. After escaping from the British, he manages to steal a plane and return to Italy for further duty. On his arrival he learns that Greece has been successfully conquered by the Axis Powers.