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Rocco and His Brothers(Rocco e i suoi fratelli)

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Italy, France · 1960
2h 58m
Director Luchino Visconti
Starring Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot, Katina Paxinou
Genre Crime, Drama

Rosaria is an impoverished Italian widow who moves to the big city with her five sons. When the brutish Simone and soft-spoken Rocco both have an affair with a beautiful prostitute named Nadia, the two brothers become romantic rivals... with deadly results.

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Yasmeen Gaber Profile picture for Yasmeen Gaber

Visconti takes the 60s film epic into another realm by making the intimate complexities of a family just that: epic. Although the emotional weight can be hard to carry for three hours (and Visconti's melodrama at times difficult to stomach), this story of migration and a family's drive to survive above all else is gripping and impactful.

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It's plotted in the form of an epic poem, each stanza dedicated to a member of the group.


The New York Times by Dana Stevens

Neither the neighborhood intimacy of "Mean Streets" nor the grandeur of the "Godfather" movies is imaginable without Visconti's example. Its richness, though, is inexhaustible, and well served by the spotless new 35-millimeter print being shown at Film Forum.


Boston Globe by Peter Keough

After “Rocco,” Visconti’s style lost the vestiges of naturalism and indulged in rococo artifice and aristocratic splendor.

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