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Sunflower (1970)

I girasoli (original title)
An Italian woman conducts a desperate search for her husband, a soldier considered missing in action in Russia during WWII.

Director:

Vittorio De Sica

Writers:

Tonino Guerra (story and screenplay) (as Antonio Guerra), Cesare Zavattini (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Giovanna
Marcello Mastroianni ... Antonio
Lyudmila Saveleva ... Mascia (as Ljudmila Saveljeva)
Galina Andreeva Galina Andreeva ... Valentina Ivanovna - the Soviet official
Anna Carena Anna Carena ... La madre di Antonio
Nadya Serednichenko Nadya Serednichenko ... La contadina russa (as Nadja Cerednicenko)
Germano Longo Germano Longo ... Ettore
Glauco Onorato Glauco Onorato ... Il reduce
Silvano Tranquilli ... L'operaio italiano
Marisa Traversi Marisa Traversi ... La donna alla stazione
Gunars Cilinskis ... Il funzionario russo (as Gunnar Zilinskij)
Giorgio Basso Giorgio Basso
Gianni Bortolotti Gianni Bortolotti
Umberto Di Grazia Umberto Di Grazia
Giuliano Girardi Giuliano Girardi
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Storyline

At the end of World War II, Giovanna, a war bride living near Milan refuses to accept that her husband, Antonio, missing on the Russian front, is dead. There's a flashback to their brief courtship near her hometown of Naples, his 12-day leave to marry her, ruses to keep from deployment, and the ultimate farewell. Some years after the war, still with no word from Antonio, Giovanna goes to Russia to find him, starting in the town near the winter battle when he disappeared. Armed with his photograph, what will she find? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A love story that spans two tempestuous decades in a motion picture of extraordinary power and enchantment! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France | Soviet Union | USA

Language:

Italian | English | Russian

Release Date:

24 September 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sunflower See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the 'Bloomsbury Foreign Film Guide', this was the first Italian film to be filmed mostly in Poltava, Ukraine. See more »

Goofs

Mascia tells Giovanna that when she found Antonio, he was hurt so badly that he had forgotten everything, including his own name. If that's true, then how did Mascia know his name was Antonio? See more »

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a delicate poem
15 August 2012 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

meeting between two great actors and an impressive director. images from Italy and picture of Russia in the air of Cold War.a basic story about a couple, a war and a choice. a travel and the form of truth. beautiful music and force of unspoken words. that is all. or only gentle performance of Ludmila Savelieva. a great film. not for cast or dramatic slices, for the force of emotions or for the sunflower as vegetable testimonies about a tragedy. but only for its virtue to be a seed. a seed of questions and answers. an exercise of empathy. a sad love story in which love is more than feeling. a poem but just a very special poem. mixture of pure joy, shadows of war, a miracle and a search, it is homage to a sacrifice generation and reflection of deep need of sense in a chaotic world. nothing pink, nothing cold. only picture of a man, a young Russian woman who speaks Italian, a charming Sophia Loren and same Mastroianni. but the essence is possession of public.


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