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The Family (1987)

La famiglia (original title)
With the background of the XX century Italian history, Carlo, a retired teacher, traces the vicissitudes of his family.


Ettore Scola


Graziano Diana (dialogue), Ruggero Maccari (story) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Emanuele Lamaro Emanuele Lamaro ... Carlo
Andrea Occhipinti ... Carlo
Vittorio Gassman ... Carlo / Nonno di Carlo
Cecilia Dazzi Cecilia Dazzi ... Beatrice
Stefania Sandrelli ... Beatrice
Jo Champa ... Adriana
Fanny Ardant ... Adriana
Joska Versari Joska Versari ... Giulio
Alberto Gimignani Alberto Gimignani ... Giulio
Massimo Dapporto Massimo Dapporto ... Giulio
Carlo Dapporto Carlo Dapporto ... Giulio
Consuelo Pascali Consuelo Pascali ... Adelina
Ilaria Stuppia Ilaria Stuppia ... Adelina
Ottavia Piccolo ... Adelina
Athina Cenci Athina Cenci ... Zia Margherita


Traces events in the life of Carlo, from his christening in 1906, where his grandfather reminds his father that Carlo means "free man," to his 80th birthday party. The film principally explores his relationships with younger brother Guilio, with wife Beatrice, and with her sister Adriana, whom Carlo loved as a young man. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In 1906 Carlo was born into a very large family... See more »


Drama | Romance


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Very emotive
19 August 2000 | by cesarbeSee all my reviews

...And I was wondering why. That guy on the Washington Post said the film is boring because "it´s like watching some other´s family album"... On the paper, I´d agree with him, but after watching the movie i have to say that I do not. I guess it has to do with the little, precious details (those long travellings inside the house, for instance: this is a very well directed movie), the humor, the music, with Gassman of course, and with the fact that we´re actually watching the whole life of a man we cannot dislike: the last scene, with the 80 years old Gassman -the grandfather now- posing with all his family for the photo (as in the very first scene, when he´s a baby surrounded by people that will die eventually) has such deep emotional impact, because, I guess, shows finally that life is a trip that inevitably has an end, and where the new ones will occupy the seat of the old ones, and that´s how it should be, and the movie has a sense of calm acceptation of that. In "La famiglia" you see, as Cocteau said, "death doing her work". It´s true that the story seems to have no point, but also, I don´t think life has a point. At least I cannot see one...

I really liked this movie. In my opinion, 7/10.

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Release Date:

December 1987 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,590, 24 January 1988

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Technical Specs


(director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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