The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis (1970)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5

Original title:  Il Giardino Dei Finzi Contini

Italy/West Germany, 1970.  , .  Screenplay by Vittorio Bonicelli, , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Giancarlo Bartolini Salimbeni.  Film Editing by .  

The utter confusion of the Holocaust is captured in this beautifully photographed film by Vittorio De Sica. The Finzi-Continis are a prominent, wealthy Italian family who find it incredible that their secure life and estate could possibly be threatened by the Nazis simply because of their Jewish faith. When the Germans enter Italy, however, they discover that all their money and social standing are of absolutely no use to them. Concentrating more on the events leading up to their arrests, this film does a good job of showing a family of people trying to beat the atmosphere of gloom that invades their happiness by simply living their lives as they always have without giving in to panic, thus making the tragedy even more real in the end.  and are both excellent as the son and daughter of the family, whose experiences are the more personal ones that are revealed in this gently told story.

Academy Award:  Best Foreign Language Film
Nomination: Best Adapted Screenplay

Berlin Film Festival Award: Golden Bear

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