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We the Living (1942)

Noi vivi (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 1942 (Italy)
The time is the Russian Revolution. The place is a country burdened with fear - the midnight knock at the door, the bread hidden against famine, the haunted eyes of the fleeing, the ... See full summary »

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Ayn Rand (novel), Corrado Alvaro (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alida Valli ... Kira Argounova
Fosco Giachetti ... Andrei Taganov
Rossano Brazzi ... Leo Kovalenski
Emilio Cigoli Emilio Cigoli ... Pavel Sjerov
Giovanni Grasso Giovanni Grasso ... Stephan Tishenko
Annibale Betrone ... Vassili Dunaev
Elvira Betrone Elvira Betrone ... Maria Petrovna Dunaev
Sennuccio Benelli Sennuccio Benelli ... Saska
Cesarina Gheraldi Cesarina Gheraldi ... La compagna Sonja
Silvia Manto Silvia Manto ... Mariska
Gioia Collei Gioia Collei ... La piccola Acia Dunaev
Bianca Doria Bianca Doria ... Irina Dunaev
Lamberto Picasso Lamberto Picasso ... GPU Captain
Claudia Marti Claudia Marti ... Lidia Augounova
Evelina Paoli Evelina Paoli ... Galina Petrovna Argounova
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The time is the Russian Revolution. The place is a country burdened with fear - the midnight knock at the door, the bread hidden against famine, the haunted eyes of the fleeing, the grublike fat of the appeasers and oppressors. In a bitter struggle of the individual against the collective, three people stand forth with the mark of the unconquered in their bearing: Kira, who wants to be a builder, and the two men who love her - Leo, an aristocrat, and Andrei, a Communist. In their tensely dramatic story, Ayn Rand shows what the theories of Communism mean in practice. We the Living is not a story of politics but of the men and women who have to struggle for existence behind the Red banners and slogans. It is a picture of what dictatorship - of any kind - does to human beings, what kind of men are able to survive, and which of them remain as the ultimate winners. What happens to the defiant ones? What happens to those who succumb? Who are the winners in this conflict? Against a vivid ... Written by The Publisher of "We the Living"

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The 1942 Film Classic Starring Alida Valli, Rossano Brazzi, and Fosco Giachetti


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Not Rated
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1942 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ayn Rand's We the Living See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When the movie was restored, the nitrate negatives of the movie had survived in fine condition, but the original soundtrack had not, and it was re-recorded with other actors voicing the roles. See more »

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...or "We The Living" (1942)
7 April 2003 | by occupant-1See all my reviews

This entry refers to the Italian title for the Goffredo Allesandrini wartime production of Rand's 1936 autobiographical novel "We The Living". Released in Fascist Italy, it was banned after a five-month run when authorities discovered that the anticollectivist statements by several characters applied as much to fascism as to the communism in Russia to which the plot specifically referred. At least one print was discovered in Italy in the 1960's and in 1986 the film was rereleased with English subtitles under the English title.


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