The S’Agapò army

Film critic Renzo Renzi (a former infantry officer in ‘ 42-‘ 43) and screenwriter Guido Aristarco, were arrested and prosecuted by the Military Court of Milan on charges of “insulting the armed forces” for having published the story of a film entitled “The S’Agapò Army”, which tells of the criminal behavior of Italian troops during the Greek campaign against the civilian population (in particular to have used violence against Greek women). The writer Curzio Malaparte defends the right to freedom of the press for the two accused but criticizes “the right to pass off the mass of Italian soldiers as a bunch of scoundrels, devoid of any moral sensitivity” who “vented their base instincts against a helpless and starving population”.