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Rocco and His Brothers Details

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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 (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. ~ Elbert Ventura, Rovi

  • Release date:June 26, 1961

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Luchino Visconti Special Prize 1960 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Luchino Visconti Best Picture 1961 Nominee

Cast

Alain Delon
as Rocco Parondi
Renato Salvatori
as Simone Parondi
Annie Girardot
as Nadia
Katina Paxinou
as Rosaria Parondi
Roger Hanin
as Morini
Claudia Cardinale
as Ginetta
Rocco Vidolazzi
as Luca Parondi
Max Cartier
as Ciro Parondi
Spiros Focas
as Vincenzo Parondi
Paolo Stoppa
as Boxing Impresario
Adriana Asti
as Laundry Worker
Claudia Mori
as Laundrey Worker
Suzy Delair
as Luisa
Alessandra Panaro
as Ciro's Fiancee
Corrado Pani
as Ivo
Franca Valeri
as Vedova
Enzo Fiermonte

Crew

Luchino Visconti
Director
Goffredo Lombardo
Producer
Giuseppe Bordogni
Producer
Massimo Franciosa
Screenwriter
Giovanni Testori
Book Author
Suso Cecchi D'Amico
Screenwriter
Enrico Medioli
Screenwriter
Luchino Visconti
Screenwriter
Pasquale Festa Campanile
Screenwriter
Giuseppe Rotunno
Cinematographer
Nino Rota
Composer (Music Score)
Mario Serandrei
Editor
Mario Garbuglia
Production Designer
Piero Tosi
Costume Designer
Giuseppe Banchelli
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