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Sunflower (1970)

I girasoli (original title)
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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24 September 1970 (USA)  »

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The child of Giovanna (Sophia Loren) in this film was actually Loren's from her partnership with producer Carlo Ponti. 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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touched my heart

You know the plot.

Sunflower was Vittorio De Sica's last film. It was dismissed by the critics as hopelessly maudlin melodrama. But anyone who cares enough to be reading this no doubt knows the humanity he crafted into every frame, and the beauty and sadness of life it evokes.

Henry Mancini's theme song is, IMVHO, the very best he ever wrote. I'm reduced to tears every time I hear it. Yet it seems Mancini himself treated as a lesser child. His daughter recorded it to lyrics better left forgotten.


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