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The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis

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Vittorio De Sica’s final great film adapts Giorgio Bassani’s monumental novel about the years leading up to the fascist destruction of the Jewish community of Ferrara.

Viewed through the prism of a single, privileged family, it’s an elegiac swansong comparable with Luchino Visconti’s redolent masterpiece The Leopard.

Winning an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Bear at Berlin, it features Dominique Sanda (who had just completed The Conformist for Bertolucci), Lino Capolicchio and Helmut Berger.

35mm print courtesy of Cinecittà Luce.