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Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
"Rocco e i suoi fratelli" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Sport  |  26 June 1961 (USA)
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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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Katina Paxinou ...
Alessandra Panaro ...
Ciro's Fiancee
Spiros Focás ...
Vincenzo Parondi (as Spiros Focas)
Max Cartier ...
Ciro Parondi
Corrado Pani ...
Ivo
Rocco Vidolazzi ...
Luca Parondi
Claudia Mori ...
Laundrey Worker
Adriana Asti ...
Laundrey Worker
Enzo Fiermonte ...
Boxer
Nino Castelnuovo ...
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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Rocco Parondi: There's no hope now!
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Natural and accessible characterstudy: beautiful, not pretentious
10 July 2001 | by (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I feel that this is just as much about his brothers as it is about Rocco. I don't even think Rocco is the key figure in the story. The film is constructed of five chapters in each of which the emphasis is more or less on one of the five brothers (Vincenzo Parondi, Simone, Rocco, Ciro, Luca). The chapter about the youngest brother contains remarks about about their attitude towards life and the philosophy for the future. But it never gets heavy-handed because everything is so natural and the whole is very accessible. The story is about the struggle of a family from the south of Italy that moves to the city (in the first minute) and struggles with jealousy, wrath, regrets, confusion and citylife. But the most important element throughout the film are the bonds between the members of the family, which you guessed from the title ofcourse.

Cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno (Amarcord, Regarding Henry, Il Gattopardo -> all three not comparable BTW) and the other makers of this film where not ambitious or pretentious while making this masterpiece: that would really have been besides the point they were making and unnecessary too, because the story and the pace don't need it and the cast is brilliant.

Some more references. The score was done by Nino Rota (Godfather, Amarcord, Il Gattopardo): the tune that helped making Godfather famous was already more or less completed here in 'Rocco'. The film might have been inspired by Ladri di biciclette (1948) and may in turn have been the inspiration for Raging Bull (1980), the Outsiders (Coppola, 1983) and even the Godfather, although 'Rocco' has nothing to do with neither mafia nor with America. In 1963 Delon, Cardinale (who has a very small role in 'Rocco') and Visconti would work together on Il Gattopardo. But 'Rocco' has to be Visconti's greatest! (besides Morte a Venezia, which is a TOTALLY different film BTW). Also see Hotel New Hampshire (1984).

10 points out of 10 :-)


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