The celebrated director of neoreliast masterpieces including Bicycle Thieves and Shoeshine, Vittorio De Sica once again stuck gold in 1970. After ten years of trying, he finally adapted Giorgio Bassani s celebrated novel to great acclaim and an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Set at the outbreak of War, De Sica s film tells the story of the Finzi-Continis, an aristocratic Jewish family protected by the walls of their idyllic estate. Whilst outside Mussolini bans Jews from tennis courts, the Finzi-Continis are not worried as they rally on their own, living in their dreamland. Giorgio (Lino Capolicchio) is the middle-class Jew in love with his childhood friend, Micol (Dominique Sanda) of the Finzi-Contini family, but she is in love with a gentile and wanting of experiences outlawed by the new government. With Giorgio s separation of Micol, De Sica tracks the loss of an idyllic way of life, from the tennis courts to the waiting rooms where Jews await transportation to the concentration camps. Arrow Academy presents Vittorio De Sica s autumnal masterpiece The Garden of the Finzi Contini on DVD for the first time in the UK.

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The Garden of the Finzi Contini (1970)

R

War/Drama · 1h 34m · 12/2/1970

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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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The celebrated director of neoreliast masterpieces including Bicycle Thieves and Shoeshine, Vittorio De Sica once again stuck gold in 1970. After ten years of trying, he finally adapted Giorgio Bassani s celebrated novel to great acclaim and an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Set at the outbreak of War, De Sica s film tells the story of the Finzi-Continis, an aristocratic Jewish family protected by the walls of their idyllic estate. Whilst outside Mussolini bans Jews from tennis courts, the Finzi-Continis are not worried as they rally on their own, living in their dreamland. Giorgio (Lino Capolicchio) is the middle-class Jew in love with his childhood friend, Micol (Dominique Sanda) of the Finzi-Contini family, but she is in love with a gentile and wanting of experiences outlawed by the new government. With Giorgio s separation of Micol, De Sica tracks the loss of an idyllic way of life, from the tennis courts to the waiting rooms where Jews await transportation to the concentration camps. Arrow Academy presents Vittorio De Sica s autumnal masterpiece The Garden of the Finzi Contini on DVD for the first time in the UK.

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Status

Released

Languages

Italian, French, English

Countries

Italy, Germany

Production Companies

Documento Film, CCC-Filmkunst

Revenue

$596,694
Cast
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Barbara Pilavin

Giorgio's Mother (as Barbara Leonard Pilavin)
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Benito Mussolini

Himself (watches parade) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Adolf Hitler

Himself (acknowledges Hess) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Rudolf Hess

Himself (Hitler Is Germany speech) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Martin Bormann

Himself (behind Hitler on balcony) (uncredited) (archive footage) (unconfirmed)
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Katina Viglietti

Olga Finzi-Contini
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Joshua Sinclair

(as Gianni Loffredo)
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Camillo Angelini-Rota

Prof. Ermanno Finzi-Contini
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Camillo Cesarei

Micol's Father
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Helmut Berger

Alberto
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Romolo Valli

Giorgio's Father
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Fabio Testi

Bruno Malnate
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Dominique Sanda

Micòl Finzi Contini
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Katina Morisani

Micol's Mother
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Julius Streicher

Himself (sits beside Hitler, partially visible) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Raffaele Curi

Ernesto
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Cinzia Bruno

Young Micol
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Alessandro D'Alatri

Young Giorgio
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Lino Capolicchio

Giorgio
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Inna Alexeievna

Micol's Grandmother (as Inna Alexeieff)
Crew
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Vittorio De Sica

Writer
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Vittorio Bonicelli

Writer
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Vittorio De Sica

Director
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

The Garden Of The Finzi Continis

(DVD)

6/19/2001

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