Screening of the film: Rocco and His Brothers€ 3.00
The definitive film on internal immigration within Italy, inspired by Ponte della Ghisolfa by Giovanni Testori, with a screenplay written by Visconti with Suso Cecchi d’Amico and Vasco Pratolini. The widow Rosaria moves from Lucania to Milan with four of her five sons. The fifth, Vincenzo, already lives up north and the arrival of relatives from the south ruins the party celebrating his engagement to the beautiful Ginetta. A powerful and moving story about poverty and cold, passions and violence, the hardships of living and integrating into the Milan of the boom years, which needs labourers but has no intention of entering into dialogue with people it views as “foreigners”. Every character searches for his own path, his identity: one boxes, another works on the Alfa Romeo production line, all united and with similar origins, all divided and on different journeys. A rites of passage story across different strands, Rocco and His Brothers (1960) is a perfect Polaroid of the past, which is surprisingly current. Introduced by Paola Jacobbi.
Paola Jacobbi, in a career spanning over 30 years, journalist and film critic has worked for magazines Epoca, Panorama, Gioia andCiak as well as for the TV channel Canale 5 and Vanity Fair, among others. At the moment she is Entertainment Editor at Glamour. In 2013 she published her first novel, Tu sai chi sono io (Bompiani).
Paola Jacobbi & i Dialoghi
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Luchino Visconti (1906-1976), the film and theatre director and screenwriter was adored while alive and turned into a cult figure after his death. He is considered as one of the most influential figures in world cinema. After starting as assistant to Jean Renoir, his directorial debut came in 1942 with Obsession, followed by La terra trema, held to be of a masterpiece of Neorealism. Senso, presented at the Venice Film Festival in 1954 amidst considerable controversy, marked the change to a style reminiscent of melodrama, like Rocco and His Brothers. With The Leopard, his best-known film, Visconti enjoyed tremendous success with audiences and won the Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1963. He would go on to direct the so-called “German trilogy”, comprising The Damned (1969), Death in Venice (1971) and Ludwig (1973). His final films were Conversation Piece and L’innocente (1976), presented posthumously at Cannes.