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Sunflower (1970)
"I girasoli" (original title)

G  |   |  Drama, War  |  24 September 1970 (USA)
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An Italian woman conducts a desperate search for her husband, a soldier considered missing in action in Russia - like fifty thousand others during WWII.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lyudmila Saveleva ...
Mascia (as Ljudmila Saveljeva)
Galina Andreeva ...
Valentina, Soviet official
Anna Carena ...
Madre Antonio
Nadya Serednichenko ...
Contadina russa (as Nadja Cerednicenko)
Germano Longo ...
Glauco Onorato ...
Il reduce
Silvano Tranquilli ...
L'operaio italiano
Marisa Traversi ...
Donna stazione
Gunars Cilinskis ...
Funzionario russo (as Gunnar Zilinskij)
Giorgio Basso
Gianni Bortolotti
Umberto Di Grazia
Giuliano Girardi


At the end of World War II, Giovanna, a war bride living near Milan refuses to accept that her husband, Antonio, missing on the Russian front, is dead. There's a flashback to their brief courtship near her hometown of Naples, his 12-day leave to marry her, ruses to keep from deployment, and the ultimate farewell. Some years after the war, still with no word from Antonio, Giovanna goes to Russia to find him, starting in the town near the winter battle when he disappeared. Armed with his photograph, what will she find? Written by <>

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Filmed in Russia from the Kremlin to the Ukraine. See more »


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Sunflower  »

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This movie is considered to be the first occidental (i.e. western) film to be shot in the Russia. See more »


Mascia tells Giovanna that when she found Antonio, he was hurt so badly that he had forgotten everything, including his own name. If that's true, then how did Mascia know his name was Antonio? See more »


Referenced in American Sexual Revolution (1971) See more »

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Highly Recommended Viewing!!
27 July 1999 | by (Las Vegas, Nv.) – See all my reviews

Sunflower (1970) 103 mins

Two newly-weds were split up when the husband was forced to fight on the Russian Front. Hearing nothing from him, his wife sets out on a desperate journey across Russia to find out if he has survived.

Includes an excellent score by Henry Mancini, for which he received an Oscar nomination. Mancini at his best!!

Shot on location in Italy and Russia which provides a dramatic background.

Sophia was never more beautiful, Marcello was never more debonair. The on-screen chemistry is classic cinema! Modern films pale in comparison to their simple and genuine portrayals captured under the direction of Vittorio De Sica.

A superb mixture of ingredients by De Sica, right down to the inclusion of Mancini as composer!

I wish I could persuade the copyright holder to re-release this title to video.

At one time I owned a copy of this on VHS, but it was destroyed. Any help locating it again (in any format) is appreciated! Looking for the soundtrack too!

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