Rocco and His Brothers

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Overview

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 her four sons: Simone (Renato Salvatori), Rocco (Alain Delon), Ciro (Max Cartier), and Luca (Rocco Vidolazzi). Awaiting them in Milan is her oldest son, Vincenzo (Spiros Focas), who himself is preoccupied with his impending nuptials to the ...
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Overview

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 her four sons: Simone (Renato Salvatori), Rocco (Alain Delon), Ciro (Max Cartier), and Luca (Rocco Vidolazzi). Awaiting them in Milan is her oldest son, Vincenzo (Spiros Focas), 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.
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Editorial Reviews

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Italian master Luchino Visconti may have made his name as one of neorealism's forebears, but his greatest works are arguably the ones that came in the years after the movement's heyday. Fusing neorealist elements with grand gestures, Visconti created movies that were grim yet gorgeous, harshly realistic yet seductively lush. Rocco and His Brothers is a sterling representative of Visconti's singular artistry, a full-bodied melodrama that transforms the story of a provincial family that moves to the city into an epic tale of passion, jealousy, and betrayal. Split loosely into five chapters for each brother, the movie chronicles the life of the Parindo family, who move from rural southern Italy to Milan. As the title suggests, the movie spends much of its time with Rocco (Alain Delon), a saintly man with hopes of one day returning the family to their province. His demeanor contrasts with Simone's (Renato Salvatori), who goes from being the family's breadwinner to its ultimate shame. Painted with bold strokes and marked by inflamed passions, Rocco and His Brothers holds you in rapt attention despite its sprawling story. Visconti punctuates the Parondis' struggles with two harrowing scenes of ritualized violence that profoundly change the family and underscore the operatic determinism of Visconti's vision. The movie's visceral intensity is matched only by the elegance and intelligence of the mise-en-scène, with its fine compositions, graceful camera moves, and evocative black-and-white cinematography. A work of overpowering power and stark beauty, Rocco and His Brothers stands as a vivid masterpiece from one of cinema's great artists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2001
  • UPC: 014381842425
  • Original Release: 1960
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Black & White / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: Italiano
  • Time: 2:48:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alain Delon Rocco Parondi
Renato Salvatori Simone Parondi
Annie Girardot Nadia
Katina Paxinou Rosaria Parondi
Roger Hanin Morini
Claudia Cardinale Ginetta
Rocco Vidolazzi Luca Parondi
Max Cartier Ciro Parondi
Spiros Focas Vincenzo Parondi
Paolo Stoppa Boxing Impresario
Adriana Asti Laundry Worker
Suzy Delair Luisa
Enzo Fiermonte
Claudia Mori Laundrey Worker
Alessandra Panaro Ciro's Fiancee
Corrado Pani Ivo
Franca Valeri Vedova
Technical Credits
Luchino Visconti Director, Screenwriter
Giuseppe Banchelli Makeup
Giuseppe Bordogni Producer
Pasquale Festa Campanile Screenwriter
Suso Cecchi D'Amico Screenwriter
Massimo Franciosa Screenwriter
Mario Garbuglia Production Designer
Goffredo Lombardo Producer
Enrico Medioli Screenwriter
Nino Rota Score Composer
Giuseppe Rotunno Cinematographer
Mario Serandrei Editor
Piero Tosi Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title;Vincenzo [12:04]
2. A Lot of Worries [3:46]
3. Hot Coffee & Cold Snow [7:14]
4. A Damsel in Distress [8:06]
5. A Tough Sport [12:13]
6. Simone [3:31]
7. A New Man in Five Minutes [9:09]
8. Great Expectations [8:27]
9. Looking for Vincenzo [6:36]
10. Rocco [8:16]
11. Home Sweet Home [7:50]
12. Brother Against Brother [16:13]
13. Nadia's Quandary [12:37]
14. Ciro [7:36]
15. "A Real Apollo" [15:59]
16. Simone the Animal [10:45]
17. Luca [5:35]
18. "It's Over" [4:39]
19. A Family of Enemies [1:35]
20. The Real World [5:58]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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