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Sunflower (1970) More at IMDbPro »I girasoli (original title)

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Release Date:
24 September 1970 (USA) See more »
A woman born for love. A man born to love her. A timeless moment in a world gone mad. See more »
An Italian woman conducts a desperate search for her husband, a soldier considered missing in action in Russia - like fifty thousand others during WWII. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Sophia Loren ... Giovanna

Marcello Mastroianni ... 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
Dino Peretti
Pippo Starnazza ... Man of Enquiry Office
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oleg Fyodorov ... Young Russian worker (uncredited)
Carlo Ponti Jr. ... Giovanna's Baby (uncredited)
Mariya Sapozhnikova ... Passerby (uncredited)

Directed by
Vittorio De Sica 
Writing credits
Tonino Guerra (story and screenplay) (as Antonio Guerra) and
Cesare Zavattini (story and screenplay)

Giorgi Mdivani (in collaboration with) (as Gheorghij Mdivani)

Produced by
Arthur Cohn .... producer
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer
Carlo Ponti .... producer
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Rotunno (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Adriana Novelli 
Production Design by
Piero Poletto 
Set Decoration by
Giantito Burchiellaro 
Costume Design by
Enrico Sabbatini 
Makeup Department
Giuseppe Annunziata .... makeup artist: Miss Loren
Maria-Luisa Fraticelli .... hair stylist: Mr. Mastroianni (as M. Luisa Fraticelli)
Ada Palombi .... hair stylist: Misss Loren
Mario Van Riel .... makeup artist: Mr. Mastroianni
Production Management
Bruno Altissimi .... production supervisor
Gianni Cecchin .... production manager
Ettore Manni .... production supervisor
Stefano Pegoraro .... production supervisor
Jone Tuzi .... general organizer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luigia Allesandra .... assistant director
Paolo Serbandini .... assistant director
Andrey Konchalovskiy .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
David Vinitsky .... set designer: URSS (as David Vinitskij)
Sound Department
Renato Cadueri .... sound mixer
Alvaro Orsini .... sound
Carlo Palmieri .... sound
John Marshall .... associate dubbing editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rodolfo Bramucci .... gaffer
Massimo Di Venanzo .... assistant camera
Giancarlo Ferrando .... camera operator
Giuliano Grasselli .... assistant camera
Giuseppe Maccari .... camera operator
Mazzini Salvatore .... head grip (as Mazzini Salvatori)
Piero Servo .... first assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Berta Betti .... dress maker
Giuseppina Delli Carpini .... dress maker
Adriana Masseroni .... dress maker (as Anda Masseroni)
Nadia Vitali .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Marisa Letti .... assistant editor
Carla Zamponi .... assistant editor
Music Department
Henry Mancini .... conductor
Other crew
M. Teresa Bartolelli .... production secretary
Francesco de Mauro .... production secretary (as Francesco Di Mauro)
Franca Invernizzi .... script girl (as Franca Santi)
Enzo Nigro .... production secretary
Vincenzo Raimondi .... accountant
Aldo Santarelli .... production secretary

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"I girasoli" - Italy (original title)
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107 min | Portugal:98 min (cut version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (1970) | Peru:Apt | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (video) | UK:15 (video) | USA:G

Did You Know?

The child of Giovanna (Sophia Loren) in this film was actually Loren's from her partnership with producer Carlo Ponti.See more »
Plot holes: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in American Sexual Revolution (1971)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Two Characters to share the same sense of loss., 2 July 2011
Author: David Traversa from Argentina

I suppose this film is just a maudlin melodrama, so is the music by Mancini. But then..., what a marvelous maudlin melodrama!... Why shouldn't it be? what's wrong with maudlin melodramas? If they are well done and authentic with their characters, if we get wrapped up with their emotions..., well, can you ask for anything more?

I just saw this movie on "You Tube" for the second time. I remember seen it on late TV in Italy, many years ago, and the impression was so powerful that after somebody mentioned it a few days ago --I didn't remember any more this title until they mentioned it-- I decided to look for it and watch it again, to see after so many years if the impression was still the same (so many films are a total disappointment when seen for a second time years later), but it wasn't the case with this one.

The story is so poignant that it can hold on its own very well no matter the change in mores and film technical improvements, it definitely grabs your interest till the very end (I must admit the film is far from perfect, since, for example, there are no indications of how many years went by or the new life style Sophia's character turns to after her Russian trip.

It also has two climaxes, both marvelous, but I think they should have decided for one or the other, two climaxes is too much within the same movie, and the length should have been shortened quite a bit.

Anyhow, forget about the lachrymose side of the story and submerge yourself in it (also get some Kleenex handy because everybody will need them, and plenty) and if you have to have a good cry, well, have it and enjoy it!! (After all is just a movie).

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