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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 10 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)
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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 (Eastmancolor)
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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:
Micol:You and I are not normal people. For the two of us, what counts more than the possession of things - how shall I put it - is the remembrance of things, the memory of things.See more »
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20 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Reversed, 2 February 2005
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

De Sica is celebrated as the man who brought "neo-realism" to film, one of the three or four philosophies that still vie as motivation for the film enterprise. It is the notion that though film necessarily artificializes, it is possible to start with truth and deliberately enhance it cinematic ally. Because he relied on class struggle, viewers mistakenly associate that with the essence of neo-realism.

His early work is much celebrated, but as he aged and added layers and nuance, his relatively simpleminded audience was lost. Here we have a later masterpiece, not generally regarded as such.

The basic story is of two Jewish families, the impeding brutality of fellow Italians and different approaches to life and love in the knowing face of doom. At that level, it has some charm and power.

But what he has done is to invert all the values and superimpose them on the originals. Its a common technique in writing, and found of course in the novel.

We have the obvious: a relatively small garden within which the inhabitants blithely create an artificial world while the real world grinds down upon them. The garden is in Europe, but it is also Europe.

As I say, That's obvious. Also common (far too common) is the placement of sexual mechanics in political mechanics as if one explains the other while they cause each other. Ho Hum.

But there are three other elements, and these I appreciate. While he is reversing things and overlaying them, he casts accordingly. The European fiction was that Jews were dark, earthy people. Hairy, monetary, shrewd, animal. Yet the actors who play the Jews are according to cinematic conventions of Aryans: light haired, light skinned, svelte. Their manner is similarly cinematic (and the Nazi/fascist movement was inherently cinematic): completely unconcerned about money and politics and instead concerned about poetry and idleness. Roles reversed: we know this for certain when the (Jewish) girl tells her (non-Jewish) suitor he is not her type; too communist and too hairy.

There's another, explicit inversion: the thing is a movie, but the anchor of reality within it is, well, movies. Three times. Plus our hero goes from Passover at his house where the family is singing something vapid to the Finzi-Continis where they are doing something movie-like" looking into a glass to see the future.

Third: we know this is not straight-on narrative, because the camera has a habit of drifting out of the narrative frame. Kar-Wai is the current master of this and for the same reason.

Naturally, underlying it all is that this is not the work of fascists or Nazis, but of Italians and Germans. Not few, but many, essentially all. Because of that one thing, I find this more powerful than "Schindler's List." Sure, his people were more demonstrably evil, but so are all his villains in his fakey worlds. It doesn't make it real if he shows real history in the same theatrical way. No, for real evil we have to see how ordinary it is.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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