Rocco and His Brothers

With all its faults, this is one of the top achievements of the year in Italy. Plot [from Giovanni Testori's novel Il ponte della ghisolfa, adapted by Luchino Visconti, Vasco Pratolini and Suso Cecchi D'Amico] deals with a south Italian family's trek to the big northern city of Milan, where it intends to start a new life, and of its slow disintegration as its members go their own way. It's plotted in the form of an epic poem, each stanza dedicated to a member of the group.

With:
Alain Delon Renato Salvatori Annie Girardot Katina Paxinou Roger Hanin Claudia Cardinale

With all its faults, this is one of the top achievements of the year in Italy. Plot [from Giovanni Testori’s novel Il ponte della ghisolfa, adapted by Luchino Visconti, Vasco Pratolini and Suso Cecchi D’Amico] deals with a south Italian family’s trek to the big northern city of Milan, where it intends to start a new life, and of its slow disintegration as its members go their own way. It’s plotted in the form of an epic poem, each stanza dedicated to a member of the group.

Rocco is the all-good brother who falls for the same girl, Nadia, a prostitute, as his brother Simone does. He reluctantly gives her up, but the affair ends tragically anyway, with Simone killing Nadia. Other brothers break off and live honest lives on their own while Rocco is tormented by the tragedy and wishes only to return to the land where he was born.

Scripting shows numerous hands at work, yet all is pulled together by Visconti’s dynamic and generally tasteful direction. Occassionally, as in the near-final revelation to the family of Simone’s crime, the action gets out of hand and comes close to melodrama.

Yet the impact of the main story line, aided by the sensitive, expertly guided playing of Alain Delon as Rocco, Annie Girardot as the prostie, and Renato Salvatori as Simone, is great. Katina Paxinou at times is perfect, at others she is allowed to act too theatrically and off-key.

Lensing by Guiseppe Rotunno of the northern metropolis is realistically harsh, in key with the action.

Rocco and His Brothers

Italy - France

Production: Titanus/Marceau/Cocinor. Director Luchino Visconti; Producer Goffredo Lombardo; Screenplay Luchino Visconti, Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa, Enrico Medioli; Camera Guiseppe Rotunno; Editor Mario Serandrei; Music Nino Rota; Art Director Mario Garbuglia

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1960. Running time: 180 MIN.

With: Alain Delon Renato Salvatori Annie Girardot Katina Paxinou Roger Hanin Claudia Cardinale

More Film

  • Les Arcs Film Festival

    Les Arcs European Film Festival's Industry Village Kicks Off with Strong Roster

    With all its faults, this is one of the top achievements of the year in Italy. Plot [from Giovanni Testori’s novel Il ponte della ghisolfa, adapted by Luchino Visconti, Vasco Pratolini and Suso Cecchi D’Amico] deals with a south Italian family’s trek to the big northern city of Milan, where it intends to start a […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend

    With all its faults, this is one of the top achievements of the year in Italy. Plot [from Giovanni Testori’s novel Il ponte della ghisolfa, adapted by Luchino Visconti, Vasco Pratolini and Suso Cecchi D’Amico] deals with a south Italian family’s trek to the big northern city of Milan, where it intends to start a […]

  • Disney-Fox Deal Sets Up Scramble for

    Disney-Fox Deal Unleashes Flood of Free-Agent Executives, Talent

    With all its faults, this is one of the top achievements of the year in Italy. Plot [from Giovanni Testori’s novel Il ponte della ghisolfa, adapted by Luchino Visconti, Vasco Pratolini and Suso Cecchi D’Amico] deals with a south Italian family’s trek to the big northern city of Milan, where it intends to start a […]

  • Anita Hill

    Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

    With all its faults, this is one of the top achievements of the year in Italy. Plot [from Giovanni Testori’s novel Il ponte della ghisolfa, adapted by Luchino Visconti, Vasco Pratolini and Suso Cecchi D’Amico] deals with a south Italian family’s trek to the big northern city of Milan, where it intends to start a […]

  • Warren Beatty

    Arnon Milchan Sues Warren Beatty Over 'Rules Don't Apply' Flop

    With all its faults, this is one of the top achievements of the year in Italy. Plot [from Giovanni Testori’s novel Il ponte della ghisolfa, adapted by Luchino Visconti, Vasco Pratolini and Suso Cecchi D’Amico] deals with a south Italian family’s trek to the big northern city of Milan, where it intends to start a […]

  • Oscar Isaac Addams Family

    Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated 'Addams Family' Movie

    With all its faults, this is one of the top achievements of the year in Italy. Plot [from Giovanni Testori’s novel Il ponte della ghisolfa, adapted by Luchino Visconti, Vasco Pratolini and Suso Cecchi D’Amico] deals with a south Italian family’s trek to the big northern city of Milan, where it intends to start a […]

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Publicists for Jennifer Lawrence, Daisy Ridley, Amy Adams Form New Firm

    With all its faults, this is one of the top achievements of the year in Italy. Plot [from Giovanni Testori’s novel Il ponte della ghisolfa, adapted by Luchino Visconti, Vasco Pratolini and Suso Cecchi D’Amico] deals with a south Italian family’s trek to the big northern city of Milan, where it intends to start a […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content