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Rocco and His Brothers
Rocco and His Brothers “A milestone of world
  cinema, Luchino
s Rocco and His
stars inter-
  national screen legends
  and won the FIPRESO
  prize and the Special Prize
  at the Venice Film Festival
  in 1960. It has been
  acknowledged as an
  influence on Francis Ford
  Coppola’s The Godfather
  series and Martin
s Raging Bull...”

AN EPIC STUDY OF FAMILY, SEX AND BETRAYAL, Rocco and His Brothers is the story of a poor, tight-knit family consisting of Rosaria Parondi (Katina Paxinou) and her sons — Vincenzo (Spiros Focás), living in Milan and engaged to Ginetta (Claudia Cardinale); Rocco (screen idol Alain Delon at his dark, brooding but saintly best); Simone (Renato Salvatori); Ciro (Max Cartier); and Luca (Rocco Vidolazzi) — who are forced to move from
's rural South to Milan, following the death of the boys' father, Antonio.

Along with Fellini's La Dolce Vita and Antonioni's L'avventura, Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i suoi fratelli) pushed Italian cinema into a new era — one unafraid to confront head-on the hypocrisies of the ruling class, the squalor in urban living and the collision between generations. The character of Ivo (Corrado Pani) is very 50s 'bad boy' and, along with the excellent cast, has to be mentioned. Subtitles are unobtrusive and clear.

Rosario is desperate to be respected and bemoans the family's mis-fortunes, chastising Vincenzo for not still being in mourning for his father. Her attitude creates a rift with Ginetta's parents, but she ex-pects Vincenzo to find accommodation for his family. Once they have found an apartment, they discover how to take advantage of the welfare system.

Ciro goes to work for Alfa Romeo and finds himself a girlfriend but, drawn to the bright lights, Simone becomes involved with the brutal world of boxing — at the mercy of the creepy Duillo and the strict trainer/gym-owner Cerri. He becomes obsessed with local prostitute Nadia (the alluring and gifted Annie Girardot), but as he burns himself out and begins to behave irrationally, it is an obsession that will lead
to conflict, an unspeakable act of violence and a tragedy that will
have terrible consequences on his family.

Rocco believes in destiny but yearns for his homeland — "the land of the olive tree, the moon and rainbows." A gentle soul, he has to make difficult choices in order to protect his family.

"In my home town where I was born I left my heart there, forlorn…" — a line from the poignant song at the end of the film. The emotive film score is by Nino Rota (Oscar and BAFTA-winning composer of The Godfather and Fellini's ).

Directed by Luchino Visconti — the master director of such classics as The Leopard, Bellissima and Death in VeniceRocco And His Brothers is, from 25 February (2008), now available on DVD. The two-disc edition of Rocco and his Brothers includes the best-ever visual DVD transfer of the film — a new anamorphic restoration of the film in its fully-uncut original three-hour version. It also has over three hours of extras (detailed below) and a host of documentaries and interviews.

One of Visconti's most revered films, Rocco and His Brothers — in
The Masters of Cinema Series — is a cinematic shock that erupts
on the fault-line of emotion.

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Catalogue Number EKA40257 | Barcode 5060000402575 |
RRP £22.99 | Certificate 15 | Running Time 170 minutes |
B&W | Crime/Drama | Director Luchino Visconti.

Special Features — 2 x disc edition containing a new anamorphic restoration of the film in its fully-uncut original three-hour Italian release version | New and improved English subtitles | Three hours of extras, including newsreels from 1960 | Lengthy interviews with cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno and the stars of the film — Annie Girardot and Claudia Cardinale | The original Italian trailer | Two documentaries: TF1's Les Coulisses du tournage and RAI's hour-long Luchino Visconti | 40-page booklet featuring archival imagery, articles by Luchino Visconti (The Miracle that Gave Man Crumbs) and respected Italian film critic Guido Aristarco (The Earth Still Trembles) and a rare interview with Visconti (questions for the Author) translated into English for the first time.