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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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Antonio
Lyudmila Saveleva ...
Mascia (as Ljudmila Saveljeva)
Galina Andreeva ...
Valentina, Soviet official
Anna Carena ...
Madre Antonio
Nadya Serednichenko ...
Contadina russa (as Nadja Cerednicenko)
Germano Longo ...
Ettore
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
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In a world gone made...a love story. See more »

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According to the 'Bloomsbury Foreign Film Guide', this was the first Italian film to be filmed mostly in Russia. See more »

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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 »

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a memorable sophia and marcello one-of-a-kind classic film!
12 May 2001 | by (santa rosa, ca, USA) – See all my reviews

I went to a san francisco theatre to see this film along with my mother when I was a teenager in the 60's. It was in english and I loved it so much I saw it twice. I never forgot it, and although it was never shown again, I was told by someone a few years ago, that it was featured on one of the cable channels, and unfortunately I must have missed it. I don't think its ever been shown since. In my humble opinion, this classic movie depicting love, war, passion, separation, hope, and tears should be rated right up there along with Dr. Zhivago, Casablanca, In Love and War, and many other great films of all time. It's a pity that this movie "Sunflower" is nowhere to be found on video or better yet DVD in the english version in the U.S. I did purchase it on video in Italian, and even though I am fluent in Italian and can understand it, others in my household cannot. Can somebody PLEASE see that it gets some recognition, and becomes a familiar movie and available here in the U.S.A.?


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