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Screening of Visconti’s Film “Rocco and His Brothers”

Wed. Feb. 4, 2015  5:00-8:30 pm
Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 104
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Introduction and moderation of post-screening Q&A by
Film Studies professor Alexios Lykidis

Pizza and soft drinks will be served

SYNOPSIS: Luchino Visconti‘s operatic masterpiece tells the story of the Parondis, a poor family from a village in southern Italy who come to Milan seeking a better life. Following the death of her husband, proud Rosaria (Katina Paxinou) picks up stakes and moves to the city with four of her sons: Simone (Renato Salvatori), Rocco (Alain Delon), Ciro, and Luca. Awaiting them in Milan is her oldest son, Vincenzo, who himself is preoccupied with his impending nuptials to the beautiful Ginetta (Claudia Cardinale). Divided into chapters focused loosely on each brother, the movie chronicles the Parondis’ struggle to get by, as the brothers take odd jobs and the family endures life in a cramped tenement. Much of the movie’s second half deals largely with Simone and Rocco. The loutish Simone eventually finds success as a boxer, and the family soon moves to a better neighborhood. Meanwhile, Rocco gets drafted by the military, and becomes a successful boxer himself upon his return. Complications arise when Nadia (Annie Girardot), a prostitute, enters their lives. Simone falls in love with Nadia first; however, Rocco eventually becomes the object of her affection. Simone’s obsession with Nadia and his rapidly deteriorating behavior ultimately threaten to bring the family to ruin, even as the saintly Rocco tries to save his brother. At the peak of Rocco’s success, Simone commits a crime that cruelly dashes Rocco’s hopes of keeping the family together. (Source: Fandango website)

 In collaboration with the Amici Italian Club and the Film Studies Program at Montclair State University

Resources:

English:

Article on Senses of Cinema: View Article
Article on Turner Classic Movies website: View Article
Famous films about brothers: View Article
Shot analysis from Yale Film Studies Program
Article on Classic Art Films: View Article
Article on The Guardian: View Article
Article on They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They?: View Article
Movie Review on The New York Times website: View Article
Original trailer: View Trailer

Italian:
Article on Treccani.it: View article
Article on Cinefile: View Article
Director Luchino Visconti’s website: View Site
Article on Mymovies.it: View Article

This program is part of a larger collaborative event at Montclair State University (View page).