Thursday, January 7

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Rocco & His Brothers

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(1960) dir Luchino Visconti w/Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Giradot, Katina Paxinou, Spiros Focas, Max Cartier, Rocco Vidolazzi [180 min; DCP]
Joining the tragic exodus of millions from Italy’s impoverished south, the formidable matriarch of the Parondi clan (Paxinou) and her brood emerge from Milan’s looming Stazione Centrale in search of a better life in the industrial north. But, as they inch up the social ladder, family bonds are ruthlessly shredded, as the love of Alain Delon’s saintly Rocco for prostitute Annie Girardot drives brutish boxing sibling Renato Salvatori to rape and murder. A visual tour de force as lensed by Giuseppe Rotunno (The Leopard), ROCCO rocketed Delon and Girardot to international stardom and vaulted Visconti to the forefront of cutting edge Italian filmmaking. The director’s personal favorite, ROCCO’s mix of realism and intense, operatic emotion would profoundly influence the work of Coppola and Scorsese. – Adapted from notes for the Film Forum, NYC

“‘Rocco and His Brothers’ is a film both authentic and ambitious, a classic that is as adept at telling individual stories as it is in drawing larger parallels from them.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“A richly textured drama, resoundingly alive with characters.” – Desson Thomson, Washington Post

“Visconti’s 1960 epic Rocco and His Brothers has had a stealthy but perceptible influence in the 55 years since its release, most prominently in the thematics of Martin Scorsese movies such as Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, and The Departed.” – Scott Eyman, Film Comment


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