Rocco and His Brothers

VISITING ARTIST—A chronicle of family loyalty and disintegration, Visconti’s epic masterpiece is one of the most powerful and emotionally charged movies ever made. Rosaria Parondi and her five sons journey north to Milan to seek a better life, but the industrial north proves just as unforgiving as the desolation in Sicily. Simone (Renato Salvatori) becomes the first brother to find success—but his career as a boxer flounders when he meets Nadia (Annie Girardot), a beautiful prostitute. When Simone’s possessiveness drives Nadia away, she falls in love with his younger brother Rocco (Alain Delon). The lovers set in motion a shattering chain of events for which the family’s traditional values leave them unprepared. The most dramatic and spectacular film of Visconti’s career, its sweeping operatic style, Nino Rota score, and striking Giuseppe Rotunno cinematography influenced the work of directors Martin Scorsese (MEAN STREETS), Francis Ford Coppola (THE GODFATHER), and a generation of other filmmakers.

Genres: Crime, Drama

Other Films by Luchino Visconti

Bellisima

Bellissima

One of Luchino Visconti’s (The Leopard, Death in Venice) little seen films—not in distribution in the US—Bellissima is a sly satire on the romantic illusions of the movie industry. Working class Maddalena (Oscar-winner Anna Magnani), a star-struck stage mother, is intent on finding fame and fortune for her rather ordinary daughter via a film career.