Violent Summer (1959)
Violent Summer (1959)

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Violent Summer

Violent Summer

Valerio Zurlini | Italy | 1959 | Unclassified (15+)


Wed 5 Jun 2024

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Cecchi d’Amico’s only script for Zurlini broke a longstanding taboo in most Italian cinema: the depiction of the events of the summer of 1943. Against the backdrop of Mussolini’s fall and the Allied invasion of Italy, a Fascist party boss’ draft-dodging son (Jean-Louis Trintignant) mounts a passionate love affair with a war widow (Eleonora Rossi Drago). An account of personal desire caught in the crossfires of history, Zurlini’s celebrated breakthrough film also explores the dichotomy between Italy’s repressive societal rules and the promiscuity of its upper-class youth.

35mm print courtesy of Cinecittà Luce.

Presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute.

Format: 35mm
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Source: Cinecittà Luce
Runtime: 98 mins

Event duration

98 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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