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Giardino dei Finzi-Contini, Il (1970)

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Release Date
Dec 4, 1970 (Italy)
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 19, 2001

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Running Time
1 hour, 34 minutes

Country Italy, West Germany

Studio Titanus Produzione

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Other Titles
• Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini
• The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1971)
• Der Garten der Finzi Contini (1971)

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Genre: Drama, Period Piece, Love, World War II, Experimental

Plot: Vittorio De Sica's beautifully photographed masterpiece, THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS, is a return to the fine dramas (SHOESHINE, THE BICYCLE THIEF) of his early days as a director. Based on the autobiographical novel by Giorgio Bassani, the film covers the lives of several Jewish characters from the onset of Mussolini's anti-Semitic edicts in 1938 to the arrest and deportation of all of the Italian Jews in 1943. The lead character, Giorgio (Lino Capolicchio), is a middle-class student invited by the fabulously wealthy Finzi-Continis to research his thesis in the family's private library. While pursuing his studies, Giorgio falls in love with the family's beautiful daughter, Micol (Dominique Sanda), who rebuffs his advances. Meanwhile, Mussolini is slowly dissolving the rights of all Italian Jews, though the Finzi-Contini family appears unable to accept this fact, let alone deal with its consequences. Viewed from the perfect vision of hindsight, the GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS is more than just a story of unrequited love set in turbulent times--it is a tragic, cautionary account of how the most elevated and aristocratic members of a society can ignore their approaching destruction.

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 Directed by
Vittorio De Sica
The Bicycle Thief, Umberto D., Ciociara, La
 Written by
Vittorio Bonicelli
Waterloo, The Bible, Moses the Lawgiver
Lino Capolicchio
House with the Windows That Laugh, Fiorile, Only Blackness
Dominique Sanda
The Crimson Rivers, 1900, The Conformist
Fabio Testi
Torrente 3: El protector, Important c'est d'aimer, L', Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Romolo Valli
1900, Death in Venice, A Fistful of Dynamite
Helmut Berger
The Godfather: Part III, Caduta degli dei, La, Ludwig
Inna Alexeievna
Blood for Dracula, Gatto dagli occhi di giada, Il
 Music By
Bill Conti
Rocky, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Right Stuff
Manuel De Sica
Dellamorte Dellamore / Cemetery Man, The Icicle Thief, Volere volare

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