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Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

Rocco e i suoi fratelli (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Sport | 26 June 1961 (USA)
Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone.

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Alessandra Panaro ...
Ciro's Fiancee
Spiros Focás ...
Vincenzo Parondi (as Spiros Focas)
Max Cartier ...
Ciro Parondi
Corrado Pani ...
Ivo
Rocco Vidolazzi ...
Luca Parondi
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Laundry Worker
Adriana Asti ...
Laundry Worker
Enzo Fiermonte ...
Boxer
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Nino Rossi
Rosario Borelli ...
Un biscazziere
Renato Terra ...
Alfredo, Ginetta's brother
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The widow Rosaria moves to Milano from Lucania with her 4 sons, one of whom is Rocco. The fifth son, Vincenzo, already lives in Milano. In the beginning, the family has a lot of problems, but everyone manages to find something to do. Simone is boxing, Rocco works in a dry cleaners, and Ciro studies. Simone meets Nadia, a prostitute, and they have a stormy affair. Then Rocco, after finishing his military service, begins a relationship with her. A bitter feud ensues between the two brothers, which will lead as far as murder... Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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All the ugly passions...and the beautiful...All the greatness that has won this motion picture Twenty-Seven World-Wide Film Awards! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Sport

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The 13 onscreen stabbings in the European cut of the film were whittled down to just 3 for the American version. See more »

Quotes

Rocco Parondi: There's no hope now!
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Referenced in Ti psyhi tha paradoseis mori?: Episode #1.3 (2000) See more »

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WOW! Terrific Epic Scale Family Drama, Visconti's Best!
7 September 2000 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Now I understand why Visconti regards this classic as his personal favorite!!

Overwhelmingly Terrific! The acting, design, music, cinematography, and especially direction are superb.

This epic, grand, personal, and highly dramatic tale of five brothers and their mother who move from Southern Italy to Milan to change their station in life is filled with wonderful vignettes and powerful set pieces.

The fight between two of the brothers in the slums of the city is one of the most harrowing and touching scenes ever in cinema history. This is the kind of fight which actually means something. When they hit each other you feel it down to the core of your being, not just watching mindless brutality like you would in some brainless movie.

The cast is uniformly good with standouts from Katina Paxinou as the long suffering mother, Annie Girardot as the doomed prostitute who is the catalyst of the story, and especially Alain Delon who is blessed with a cinematic beauty which adds poetry to everyone of his close-ups. The one actor who really surprised me was Renato Salvatori as the violent brother Simone. His gradual and completely believable change from sweet young man to violent brute is incredible to watch.

This film satisfies every true movie lovers dream. To visit a place you don't know, with characters who fascinate you, and are framed in a true CINEMATIC style, that succeeds on every level.

GO SEE THIS MOVIE!! I will add my voice to those who cry out for the DVD release of this true classic.


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