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The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)

Il giardino dei Finzi Contini (original title)
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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... See full summary »

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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:

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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, 22 November 1996

Gross USA:

$596,694, 12 January 1997
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nine people, including the original novel's author, worked on the screenplay (including Vittorio de Sica and Franco Brussati) but only two men, Ugo Pirro and Vittorio Bonicelli, were allowed to take credit and be nominated for the Oscar for Best Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium. See more »

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Giorgio's Father: In life, in order to understand, to really understand the world, you must die at least once. So it's better to die young, when there's still time left to recover and live again.
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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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the music during the final credits
3 October 2006 | by delgrandeglSee all my reviews

I just watched the DVD and had not seen the movie in many years. I found it every bit as moving as I had remembered from my first viewing. This included the Prayer For the Dead (El Moleh Rachamim) magnificently sung as the final credits rolled. I am not Jewish so I had to do some "googling" to learn that El Moleh...is indeed a prayer for the dead. What moved me so apart from the singer's mournfully beautiful voice were the names Aushwitz, Maidenek, Treblinka et. al. interpolated into the text. It reminded me of the penultimate paragraph in Andre Schwartz-Bart's extraordinary novel of the Holacaust, The Last Of The Just where the names of the death camps are artfully placed among the repeated words "And praised Be The Lord". Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts.


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