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

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



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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


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

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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 »


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The decay of an aristocratic family
21 September 2010 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Luchino Visconti often dealt with the disintegration of family in his films; The Damed, The Leopard, Conversation Piece.. The stories were tragedies and only in Bellissima (1951) the family sticked together in the end. Sandra (Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa...) is also a film about this, but specifically about an aristocratic family full of betrayal, decay and immorality.

Incest is a leading theme in Sandra; we are given clues about it throughout the film, but not a definite proof. The affair of the siblings remains in the shadows and there's something odd in the relationships between the children and the parents. Visconti first approaches this controversial theme calmly, showing it as a small thing

  • we are not told much about it. But then he increases it to enormous


Luchino Visconti sets this story to a dying city around a aristocratic class that is dying out. Great tragedies, misfortunes and decay lead this class to extinction. Already in Senso Visconti achieved an aesthetic revolution, but he continues this in Sandra with a political and ethic revolution. Sandra is not the easiest film by Visconti and many people in the theater seemed to neglect it. In the beginning I found it a little unreachable and absurd but it grew up to be a beautiful allegorical description of the decay of an aristocratic family.

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