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The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)

Il giardino dei Finzi Contini (original title)
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The story of the Finzi-Continis, a noble family of Ferrara, during the Jewish persecution in Italy's 1930s.

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Vittorio De Sica
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Capolicchio ... Giorgio
Dominique Sanda ... Micòl Finzi Contini
Fabio Testi ... Giampiero Malnate
Romolo Valli ... Giorgio's Father
Helmut Berger ... Alberto
Camillo Cesarei Camillo Cesarei ... Micol's Father
Inna Alexeievna Inna Alexeievna ... Regina Artom - Micol's Grandmother (as Inna Alexeieff)
Katina Morisani Katina Morisani ... Micol's Mother
Barbara Pilavin ... Giorgio's Mother (as Barbara Leonard Pilavin)
Michael Berger Michael Berger
Ettore Geri Ettore Geri
Raffaele Curi Raffaele Curi ... Ernesto
Gianpaolo Duregon Gianpaolo Duregon
Marcella Gentile Marcella Gentile
Cinzia Bruno Cinzia Bruno ... Young Micol
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Mussolini's Italy, late 1930s: the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading wealthy Jewish families. Their adult children gather friends for tennis and parties at their lovely grounds, with the rest of the world at bay, while politics close in. Written by OJT

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The Finzi-Continis were Italians living in Ferrara, Italy in 1938. They were rich, beautiful, unapproachable and Jewish. They lived in a walled dream world until they were forced to open the gates.

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Drama | History | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

16 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$112,105, 24 November 1996

Gross USA:

$596,694
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of composer Bill Conti's first assignments was writing the film's score with Manuel de Sica, although only Sica received credit. See more »

Quotes

Micol: You and I are not normal people. For the two of us, what counts more than the possession of things - how shall I put it - is the remembrance of things, the memory of things.
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Vivere
Written by Cesare A. Bixio (uncredited)
Performed by Tito Schipa
Per concessione della EMI Italiana S.p.A.
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A beautiful, poignant masterpiece.
2 January 1999 | by dalbenSee all my reviews

The Finzi-Continis are a wealthy and privileged Italian family. It is shortly before WWII, a time when the Fascists are slowly taking away the rights and livelihoods of Jews, including the Finzi-Continis.

But none of this seems to pass the walls of their magnificent garden, where the children Micol and Alberto often invite their friends. One of their friends, Georgio, is hopelessly in love with the beautiful Micol. The way this film evokes such youthful, quixotic yearning, or a woman's growing awareness of physical beauty's power, is splendid.

The sadness I felt at the end came from knowing all along what would happen to all of them, rich and not-so-rich, and that they didn't recognize what lay in store for them until it was too late. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis was Vittorio De Sica's last hurrah, a masterpiece of neorealism, and timeless evocation of a time lost.


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