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

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Sunflower -- An Oscar nominee for Best Score (Henry Mancini), SUNFLOWER is a grandly emotional melodrama featuring a stunning performance from Sophia Loren.
In another of the actress's great collaborations with director Vittorio De Sica (THE BICYCLE THIEF), Loren plays Giovanna, a steel-willed Italian woman on a desperate search to find her husband Antonio (Marcello Mastroianni), who has gone missing on the WWII battlefields of Russia. Making the grueling overland journey years after the end of the war, she tracks Antonio down and finds him a changed man. This heart-wrenching reunion will forever alter the course of their lives.


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Tonino Guerra (story) and
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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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Love, Hope, Truth and Renounce See more (27 total) »


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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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Also Known As:
"I girasoli" - Italy (original title)
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107 min | Portugal:98 min (cut version)
Color (Technicolor)
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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 »
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 »
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Love, Hope, Truth and Renounce, 14 August 2009
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Naples, in World War II, the local Giovanna (Sophia Loren) has a torrid love affair with the soldier Antonio (Marcello Mastroianni), who is ready to embark to Africa. Giovanna proposes him to get married with her to get a leave of twelve days; then Antonio pretends that he is insane and he is sent to an asylum. However, the doctors discover the farce and they give the option to Antonio to go to the Russian front as volunteer instead of being sued. When Antonio is missing in action in Russia, Giovanna does not accept that he is dead. Years after the end of the war, Giovanna travels to Russia with a picture of Antonio to seek him out in the countryside. When she finds a lead in a village, her hope becomes disappointment with truth about his disappearance.

"I Girasoli" is one of the most famous romances of cinema and discloses a beautiful story of love, hope, truth and renounce. Vittorio De Sica explores the chemistry between Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni to the best, supported by a magnificent cinematography and the wonderful soundtrack of Henry Mancini, which certainly is among the most beautiful ones of the cinema history. The screenplay uses much ellipsis, and my remarks are the lack of dates, leaving the viewer without any reference of how many years have passed; further, the dialogs in Russian that are not translated. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Os Girassóis da Rússia" ("The Russia's Sunflowers")

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