I Girasoli

Overview

The first Italian feature film shot in Moscow was directed by the renowned Vittorio De Sica and produced by Carlo Ponti. Sophia Loren stars as Giovanna, an Italian woman who marries Antonio Marcello Mastroianni 12 days before the outbreak of WWII. Antonio has no desire to fight in the conflict, and he fakes insanity to try to avoid the draft, but officials see through the charade. Antonio is sent to the Russian front, where the soldiers are plagued by freezing temperatures and short supplies of rations. He is ...
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Overview

The first Italian feature film shot in Moscow was directed by the renowned Vittorio De Sica and produced by Carlo Ponti. Sophia Loren stars as Giovanna, an Italian woman who marries Antonio Marcello Mastroianni 12 days before the outbreak of WWII. Antonio has no desire to fight in the conflict, and he fakes insanity to try to avoid the draft, but officials see through the charade. Antonio is sent to the Russian front, where the soldiers are plagued by freezing temperatures and short supplies of rations. He is found half-dead in the cold by a Russian peasant girl, Mascia Lyudmila Savelyeva. She takes him in, and eventually, they marry. Giovanna waits in vain for word on the fate of her husband, who is officially declared missing in action. She goes to Russia to try to find him, searching records and cemeteries. Finally, she discovers first his new wife, then him, and reluctantly decides not to fight the situation. Returning home to Italy, she marries an older factory worker, Ettore Germano Longo, and they have a son who is played by the real-life son of Ponti and Loren. But Antonio still longs for Giovanna, and he returns to Italy to discuss a reconciliation with her. ~ Michael Betzold
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2011
  • UPC: 738329074821
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Source: Lorber Films (Kino)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 38,162

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sophia Loren Giovanna
Marcello Mastroianni Antonio
Lyudmila Savelyeva Mascia
Galina Andreeva
Anna Carena
Ann Carena
Umberto DiGrazia
Germano Longo Ettore
Glauco Onorato Returning Veteran
Pippo Starnazza Italian official
Silvano Tranquilli Russian-Italian Worker
Technical Credits
Vittorio De Sica Director
Arthur Cohn Producer
Tonino Guerra Screenwriter
Joseph E. Levine Executive Producer
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Georgiy Mdivani Screenwriter
Adriana Novelli Editor
Piero Poletto Art Director
Carlo Ponti Producer
Giuseppe Rotunno Cinematographer
Enrico Sabbatini Costumes/Costume Designer
David Vinitzki Art Director
Cesare Zavattini Screenwriter
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