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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

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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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Micol Finzi-Contini: Children are always prisoners of grownups.
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References The Widow (1939) See more »

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Performed by Tito Schipa
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a garden of no delights for those who ran afoul of the state
4 August 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

The Italian people probably felt a moral degradation knowing that their government had participated in exterminating Jews during WWII. "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" was probably their way of showing that they were atoning for it. It tells of the Jewish Finzi-Contini family in Ferrara in the 1930s. They are a very well off family (with a false sense of security), and many of the people within the family are falling for each other. Unfortunately for them, not even their social status can protect them from the doom that awaits them.

Much like in "The Bicycle Thief" over 20 years earlier, Vittorio De Sica shows the desperate existences of a few people, surrounded by what many incorrectly assumed to be a joyful world. Wonderful.


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