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16 December 1971 (USA) See more »
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In the late 1930s, in Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading families, wealthy, aristocratic... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 11 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Lino Capolicchio ... Giorgio

Dominique Sanda ... Micòl Finzi Contini

Fabio Testi ... Bruno Malnate
Romolo Valli ... Giorgio's Father

Helmut Berger ... Alberto
Camillo Cesarei ... Micol's Father
Inna Alexeievna ... Micol's Grandmother (as Inna Alexeieff)
Katina Morisani ... Micol's Mother

Barbara Pilavin ... Giorgio's Mother (as Barbara Leonard Pilavin)
Michael Berger
Ettore Geri
Raffaele Curi ... Ernesto
Gianpaolo Duregon
Marcella Gentile
Cinzia Bruno ... Young Micol
Alessandro D'Alatri ... Young Giorgio
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Camillo Angelini-Rota ... Prof. Ermanno Finzi-Contini
Enzo Nigro ... Agente OVRA
Eugene Pomeroy

Joshua Sinclair (as Gianni Loffredo)
Katina Viglietti ... Olga Finzi-Contini
Martin Bormann ... Himself - Behind Hitler on Balcony (archive footage) (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Rudolf Hess ... Himself - Hitler Is Germany Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself - Acknowledges Hess (archive footage) (uncredited)
Benito Mussolini ... Himself - Watches Parade (archive footage) (uncredited)
Julius Streicher ... Himself - Sits Beside Hitler, Partially Visible (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Vittorio De Sica 
 
Writing credits
Giorgio Bassani (novel)

Vittorio Bonicelli  &
Ugo Pirro 

Franco Brusati  uncredited
Vittorio De Sica  uncredited
Alain Katz  uncredited
Tullio Pinelli  uncredited
Cesare Zavattini  uncredited
Valerio Zurlini  uncredited

Produced by
Artur Brauner .... producer (as CCC FIlmkunst - Berlino)
Arthur Cohn .... producer: Documento Film
Gianni Hecht Lucari .... producer
Fausto Saraceni .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Manuel De Sica 
 
Cinematography by
Ennio Guarnieri (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Adriana Novelli 
 
Casting by
Jose Villaverde 
 
Production Design by
Giancarlo Bartolini Salimbeni 
 
Set Decoration by
Roberto Granieri 
 
Costume Design by
Giancarlo Bartolini Salimbeni 
 
Makeup Department
Anna Cristofani .... hair stylist
Giulio Natalucci .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Romano Dandi .... production manager
Enzo Nigro .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giorgio Treves .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Franco D'Andria .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Franco Bassi .... sound mixer
Stefano Di Fiore .... restored version
Max Galinsky .... sound
Massimo Loffredi .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Enrico Catalucci .... special effects: S. P. E. S. (as E. Catalucci)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Giancarlo Ferrando .... camera operator
Michele Picciaredda .... assistant camera
Giorgio Urbinelli .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Antonio Randaccio .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Eli Haviv .... editor: english version
Marisa Letti .... assistant editor
Carla Zamponi .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Carlo Savina .... conductor
 
Other crew
Luisa Alessandri .... assistant to director
Noelle Gillmor .... subtitler: English
Franca Invernizzi .... production secretary (as Franca Santi)
Susan Jacobs .... publicist
Mario Milani .... script editor
Claudio Saraceni .... production accountant
Roberto Del Giudice .... voice dubbing: Helmut Berger (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il giardino dei Finzi Contini" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
94 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
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.See more »
Soundtrack:
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48 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
How Safe is Your World?, 3 May 2001
Author: Preston-10 from Phoenix, Arizona

Chances are, if you are only casually aware of the world that you live in, your life imitates that of the Finzi-Continis, one of two families depicted in this film.

The beginning of de Sica's film follows the state of affairs in Italy shortly after the Fascist government of Mussolini has declared the ordinary tennis clubs off limits for Italian Jews-just the beginning for the Government's separatist stance. The Jews in town react in various ways: Giorgio, who is in love with the daughter of the Finzi-Continis, is enraged; his father his philosophical; Giorgio's brother is upset only after being sent to France to study, and later, finding out to his horror about the German concentration camps. To the Finzi-Continis, though, it doesn't really matter. They're different from the other Jews because wealth and privilege have bred them into a family as proud as it is vulnerable. They hardly seem to know, or even care, about the fact that their rights are slowly being taken away. It seems that years of prestige and social status have put them above the laws of the land.

The walled garden of the Finzi-Continis is a symbol for the false security that people retain, unaware that problems on the outside may force them into reality. The garden of the film seems to promise that nothing will change and that everything will remain the same. Interestingly, de Sica films the garden in a way that enforces this theme of false security. He never orients us visually with the rest of the city, so we can never tell how big or how small the garden is. Have you ever felt uneasy being somewhere not knowing the exact dimensions of your boundary? That's the feeling we get here with shots of the garden that seem to stretch on forever.

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis is a great film for many reasons, one of which is how it forces us to take a proactive stance regarding the world that we live in. There's nothing wrong with feeling secure but it's important to try to take an objective stance with reference to the world that we live in. And you certainly don't want to be on the outside looking in to those who have realized it already.

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