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The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)

Il giardino dei Finzi Contini (original title)
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In the late 1930s, in Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading families, wealthy, aristocratic, urbane; they are also Jewish. Their adult children, Micol and Alberto, gather... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Capolicchio ...
Giorgio
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Micòl Finzi Contini
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Bruno Malnate
Romolo Valli ...
Giorgio's Father
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Alberto
Camillo Cesarei ...
Micol's Father
Inna Alexeievna ...
Micol's Grandmother (as Inna Alexeieff)
Katina Morisani ...
Micol's Mother
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Giorgio's Mother (as Barbara Leonard Pilavin)
Michael Berger
Ettore Geri
Raffaele Curi ...
Ernesto
Gianpaolo Duregon
Marcella Gentile
Cinzia Bruno ...
Young Micol
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In the late 1930s, in Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading families, wealthy, aristocratic, urbane; they are also Jewish. Their adult children, Micol and Alberto, gather a circle of friends for constant rounds of tennis and parties at their villa with its lovely grounds, keeping the rest of the world at bay. Into the circle steps Giorgio, a Jew from the middle class who falls in love with Micol. She seems to toy with him, and even makes love to one of his friends while she knows Giorgio is watching. While his love cannot seem to break through to her to draw her out of her garden idyll, the forces of politics close in. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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16 December 1971 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$112,105 (USA) (22 November 1996)

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$596,694 (USA) (10 January 1997)
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The film was a personal triumph for 'Vittorio de Sica', a director who had struggled to have a hit since Marriage Italian Style (1964). See more »

Quotes

Giorgio's Father: In life, in order to understand, to really understand the world, you must die at least once. So it's better to die young, when there's still time left to recover and live again.
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References The Widow (1939) See more »

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Performed by Tito Schipa
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a garden of no delights for those who ran afoul of the state
4 August 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

The Italian people probably felt a moral degradation knowing that their government had participated in exterminating Jews during WWII. "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" was probably their way of showing that they were atoning for it. It tells of the Jewish Finzi-Contini family in Ferrara in the 1930s. They are a very well off family (with a false sense of security), and many of the people within the family are falling for each other. Unfortunately for them, not even their social status can protect them from the doom that awaits them.

Much like in "The Bicycle Thief" over 20 years earlier, Vittorio De Sica shows the desperate existences of a few people, surrounded by what many incorrectly assumed to be a joyful world. Wonderful.


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