Fantastic film that should be much better known than it is. Beautiful cinematography, sharp direction and a script that bears the weight of scrutiny. Tavira is brilliant as a travelling musician whose family helps with the smuggling of arms for the rebels against the oppresing soldiers. His stoic nobility shines through in contrast with the overfed captain who becomes his nemesis. "The music is over". !!! Wow.
This is an example of a truly great film. It holds its weight against the great greats of the canon, like Citizen Kane or Rome, Open City. To begin, the cinematography is amazing. I have not often seen a film as beautifully photographed as this. The story is as socially relevant as all the Italian Neo-realist films. The performances are great. I see very few problems with this film.