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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.

Director:

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 ... Padre di Giorgio / Giorgio's Father
Helmut Berger ... Alberto Finzi Contini
Camillo Cesarei Camillo Cesarei ... Prof. Ermanno Finzi Contini
Inna Alexeievna Inna Alexeievna ... Regina Artom Herrera, nonna di Micol (as Inna Alexeieff)
Katina Morisani Katina Morisani ... Olga Finzi Contini
Barbara Pilavin ... Madre di Giorgio / Giorgio's Mother (as Barbara Leonard Pilavin)
Michael Berger Michael Berger ... Studente tedesco / German student
Ettore Geri Ettore Geri ... Maggiordomo Perotti / The majordome
Raffaele Curi Raffaele Curi ... Ernesto, fratello di Giorgio
Gianpaolo Duregon Gianpaolo Duregon ... Bruno Lattes
Marcella Gentile Marcella Gentile ... Fanny, sorella di Giorgio
Cinzia Bruno Cinzia Bruno ... Micol da bambina / Young Micol
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

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

The film was a personal triumph for 'Vittorio de Sica', a director who had struggled to have a hit since Marriage Italian Style (1964). See more »

Quotes

Micol Finzi-Contini: Children are always prisoners of grownups.
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Written by Cesare A. Bixio (uncredited)
Performed by Tito Schipa
Per concessione della EMI Italiana S.p.A.
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A powerful film
24 October 2000 | by uscoaSee all my reviews

`The Garden of the Finzi-Continis' stands out from the scores of films about the Fascist persecution of Jews due, in no small part, to director Vittorio De Sica. His veteran hands crafting an excellent story into a masterpiece.

The story focuses on a young Italian-Jew and his interaction and quest for romance with the daughter of a wealthy Jewish aristocrat. The trials of their relationship coming during the growth of Fascism in Italy in the late-1930s. Even the viewer can feel the segregation closing on the two young people and their families.

But even the superb drama of the film cannot hold a candle to the awesome cinematography of beautiful scenery that adds vitality to the film. The acting is good, mostly from the supporting cast, but occasional spouts of brilliance come from all directions.

Exceptional. 9/10 stars.


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