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The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (2-Dec-1970)

Original Title: Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini

Director: Vittorio De Sica

Writers: Vittorio Bonicelli; Ugo Pirro

From novel by: Giorgio Bassani

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Helmut Berger
29-May-1944   Ludwig
Dominique Sanda
11-Mar-1948   The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
Romolo Valli
7-Feb-1925 1-Feb-1980 Il Gattopardo


Review by Todd W. Schaffner (posted on 6-Nov-2007)

The Garden of the Finzi Continis is a haunting film of which I had heard much, but had never seen until I bought the DVD last month - Oct 2007. The color of the film is dream-like as is the plot which moves toward a tragic climax that only our hindsight can see. These "Beautiful People" are doomed as much by their own unawareness as by the threat that ultimately destroys them. An American film on the same subject would have hit the subject too hard with a sledge hammer-such as The Holocaust and Schindler's List-and overdo it. The Garden takes its time and,in part, obscures and delays the inevitable climax. The film's "tone" can lead us to believe-if we had n't known it- that these people really are protected from their doom. The Garden of the Finzi Continis is a beautiful and frightening film worth seeing often. Todd Schaffner

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