ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS
Looking for opportunity, five brothers move north with their mother to Milan. There, Simone and Rocco find fame in the boxing ring, and love in the same woman — Nadia. Jealousy mounts, blood is shed and a striving family faces self-destruction in this incisive, sensuous, emotionally bruising masterwork from director Luchino Visconti (THE LEOPARD, SENSO). With an operatic Nino Rota score and Giuseppe Rotunno's glimmering, on-location cinematography, ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS "represents the artistic apotheosis of Italian neorealism," says A.O. Scott of The New York Times. Drawing from Dostoevsky and Thomas Mann, Visconti arranges his signature themes — modernity, class tension, familial discord — across an epic canvas that directly influenced later Italian-American sagas by Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. Alain Delon, Annie Girardot, Renato Salvatori and Claudia Cardinale lead the cast of gorgeous unknowns who rose to stardom in the wake of this film's bow at the 1960 Venice Film Festival, a succès de scandale that saw it win the Special Jury Prize. Restored by the Film Foundation and the Cineteca di Bologna, ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS has never looked or sounded so pristine. Praised by Scorsese as "one of the most sumptuous black-and-white pictures," the film's baroque, impassioned majesty can once again be experienced as its filmmakers intended. (Note adapted from Milestone Films.) DIR/SCR Luchino Visconti; SCR Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa, Enrico Medioli, from the novel "Il ponte della Ghisolfa" by Giovanni Testori; PROD Goffredo Lombardo. Italy, 1960, b&w, 177 min. In Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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