Rocco And His Brothers (1960)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB

Original title:  Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli

Italy/France, 1960, .  Story by Luchino Visconti, , , Screenplay and dialogue by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, , , , Luchino Visconti, inspired by the novel Il Ponte della Ghisolfa by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

This Visconti masterpiece tells the epic story of an Italian family’s struggles when they leave their poor, tiny village and move to the big city to be with their already established oldest son (). The stories of all the brothers are explored, centering around Rocco (), the most sensitive and aware of the clan.   is excellent as a prostitute who befriends the family (her tragic conclusion was recently restored after being excised by censors upon its original release), Katina Paxinou plays the iron-fisted matriarch of the family, and  makes a small appearance as Focas’s wife. The film is an obvious influence on Coppola’s Godfather trilogy (he even hired composer Nino Rota to reuse the same score you hear on this film), as well as the films of Martin Scorsese. Recently even Madonna paid tribute, seeing the film and after falling madly in love with it naming her son for the main character.

Venice Film Festival Award: Special Jury Prize

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