MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,629 this week

Sandra (1965)
"Vaghe stelle dell'orsa..." (original title)

 -  Drama | Mystery | War  -  16 January 1966 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 922 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 5 critic

Sandra returns to her childhood village to take care of family business, but her childhood memories and secrets soon overcome her.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 01 Jun 2012
 
list image
a list of 47 titles
created 28 Dec 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 17 Aug 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 09 Sep 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 11 Feb 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Sandra" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Sandra (1965)

Sandra (1965) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Sandra.
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Lorenzo, who's 16 and born to a wealthy family in Parma, tries to make things right toward a showgirl, Aida, whom his older brother has mistreated. In extending kindness and standing up for... See full summary »

Director: Valerio Zurlini
Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Jacques Perrin, Luciana Angiolillo
The Leopard (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale
Boccaccio '70 (1962)
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Four directors tell tales of Eros fit for a 1970s Decameron. Working-class lovers, Renzo and Luciana, marry but must hide it from her employer; plus, they need a room of their own. A ... See full summary »

Directors: Vittorio De Sica, Federico Fellini, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Anita Ekberg, Sophia Loren, Romy Schneider
Bell' Antonio (1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Women love handsome Antonio because they think of him as the perfect lover. But he has problems to fullfill this ideal and Barbara only notices his failures when they are married. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Mauro Bolognini
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Pierre Brasseur
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Franco Rossi
Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Nino Manfredi, Mario Adorf
Bebo's Girl (1964)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Luigi Comencini
Stars: Claudia Cardinale, George Chakiris, Marc Michel
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Silvio refuses to fight for the fascists and joins the resistance with Elena. After the war, his vitriolic newspaper articles cause him to be sentenced to imprisonment.

Director: Dino Risi
Stars: Alberto Sordi, Lea Massari, Franco Fabrizi
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An old woman finds a baby among the cauliflowers in her garden. She takes care of the orphan, and calls him Totò. When she dies, he is sent to an orphanage, which he leaves as a teenager. ... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Emma Gramatica, Francesco Golisano, Paolo Stoppa
Frenchie King (1971)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Outlaw sisters in the old West inherit a ranch and try to settle down and develop relationships with neighboring family of lots of brothers.

Directors: Christian-Jaque, Guy Casaril
Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Claudia Cardinale, Michael J. Pollard
Il Grido (1957)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A man wanders aimlessly, away from his town, away from the woman he loved, emotionally and socially inactive.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stars: Gabriella Pallotta, Steve Cochran, Alida Valli
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

On marrying the boss's daughter, Richard takes his father-in-law's advice to hire a live-in domestic. He soon finds good help is hard to come by. Run-ins follow with dipsomaniacs, bank ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Michael Craig, Anne Heywood, Mylène Demongeot
La viaccia (1961)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Mauro Bolognini
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Pietro Germi
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Sandra Dawdson
Jean Sorel ...
Gianni Wald-Luzzati
Michael Craig ...
Andrew Dawdson (as Michael Craig per accordo con la Columbia Pictures Corporation)
Renzo Ricci ...
Antonio Gilardini
Fred Williams ...
Pietro Formari
Amalia Troiani ...
Fosca, la domestica
Marie Bell ...
Corinna Gilardini, madre di Sandra e Gianni
Vittorio Manfrino
Giovanni Rovini
Renato Moretti
Paola Piscini
Isacco Politi
Edit

Storyline

Sandra comes back to Volterra, in Tuscany, the little town where she spent her childhood. She is with her American husband, Andrew. She wishes to pay homage to her father who died in Auschwitz where she was still a little child. In Volterra, Andrew meets for the first time Gianni, Sandra's brother. He soon realizes that Sandra and Gianni have a secret since their childhood. Written by Yepok

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

SANDRA is EXCITEMENT! What SANDRA does is ASTONISHING! (original USA print ad-USA) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

16 January 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sandra  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the first films in which Claudia Cardinale (who was born In Tunisia and whose first language was French) dubbed herself in Italian. See more »

Connections

Referenced in David Holzman's Diary (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Strip Cinema
Written by Pino Calvi
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Visconti's Family Nervous Breakdown
26 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***User-reviewer bennyraldak ("Forbidden desire", bennyraldak from Netherlands, 4 September 2009) sees "Sandra" as being focused on Claudia Cardinale's character's demons. Ilpo Hirvonen ("The decay of an aristocratic family", Ilpo Hirvonen from Finland, 21 September 2010) has a good general summary.***

Luchino Visconti's Sandra (1965), is a puzzling but splendorous visual treat that depicts incest, homo-eroticism, madness and collaboration with the Nazis. Its fairly slow pacing and reluctance to make obvious useful information will challenge those who spend hours a day gazing down at their QWERTY devices. However, "Sandra" is very rich and satisfying; it is flawlessly served up by the great Visconti. (I like it more than "The Leopard.")

A modernized retelling of the Greek myth Electra, an attractive, upper-class, socialite couple (Claudia Cardinale in the eponymous role, Michael Craig as her husband Andrew) return to the mansion of Sandra's youth (which she was forced to flee), to attend a small ceremony honoring her father, who was murdered by the Nazis at a concentration camp. When she is reunited with her unstable brother, Gianni (Jean Sorel), the physical connection between them is made very obvious. Their closer-than-normal relationship is never a secret to the audience, but revealing it is a big concern to Andrew and other observers, such as Sandra's barrister stepfather Gilardini (Renzo Ricci). The perpetually nervous Gilardini and Sandra's clinically insane mother (Marie Bell) may also have collaborated with the Nazis by betraying Sandra's father, creating an unusual conflict of pairs.

Shot in high-contrast Black and White, Visconti's skill at shooting his photogenic cast in tight quarters is evident. Because the English translation of the film is somewhat talky, it helps to develop the skill of quickly reading the subtitles in order to enjoy Visconti's work. It is amazing how precise and detailed the imagery is. The scenes between the anguished brother and steely sister are frequently filled with erotic tension. Visconti's trademark homo-eroticism is also present, but to a smaller degree.

One of the more interesting characters is Sandra's "first love" who is now a physician. He seems to personify not just a mixture of Sandra's husband and her brother, but also the Nazi collaborator Gilardini. At least, that's my interpretation of the final image.

Visconti's depiction of a decaying aristocratic family has great depth, and fans of the great director will not be disappointed with it.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Sandra (1965) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?