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The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

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Original title
Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini
Running time
92 min.
Italy Italy
Ugo Pirro, Vittorio Bonicelli, Vittorio De Sica, Franco Bursati, Alain Katz, Tullio Pinelli, Cesare Zavattini, Valerio Zurlini. Novel: Giorgio BassaniSee 5 More
Manuel De Sica, Bill Conti
Ennio Guarnieri
Co-production Italy-Germany;
Documento Film, CCC Filmproduktion
Drama | Historical. 1930s
In the late 1930s, in Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading families, wealthy, aristocratic, urbane; they are also Jewish. Their adult children, Micol and Alberto, gather a circle of friends for constant rounds of tennis and parties at their villa with its lovely grounds, keeping the rest of the world at bay. Into the circle steps Giorgio, a Jew from the middle class who falls in love with Micol. She seems to toy with him, and even makes love to one of his friends while she knows Giorgio is watching. While his love cannot seem to break through to her to draw her out of her garden idyll, the forces of politics close in.
1971: Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture. 2 Nominations
1971: Berlin Film Festival: Golden Bear, Interfilm - Otto Dibelius Award
1972: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Cinematography
1970: David di Donatello Awards: Best Film (ex-aequo) and Special David
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