Director: Luchino Visconti
Cast: Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot, Claudia Cardinale, Spýros Fokás, Katína Paxinoú
Italy, France, 1960, 192’, black & white; Italian Turkish subtitles
Directed by Luchino Visconti in 1960, Rocco and His Brothers is one of the pioneering films of Italian neorealism, depicting the story of a family running away from the poverty of Southern Italy and trying to make a living in industrial Milan. The film narrates the experiences of five brothers – Vincenzo, Simone, Rocco, Ciro, and Luca. Rosari, their mother, believes that her eldest son Vincenzo will help them out of poverty because he had moved to the city earlier. Simone, who is a boxer, and Rocco (Alain Deleon), who will become one, face it out over a woman. The film has a unique place in the history of cinema with its realistic narration and occasionally pessimistic but deep observations on human nature.
1638, the year Louis XIV was born –his second name, Dieudonné, alluding to his God-given status– saw the diffusion of a cult of maternity encouraged by the very devout Anne of Austria, in thanks for the miracle by which she had given birth to an heir to the French throne. Simon François de Tours (1606-1671) painted the Queen in the guise of the Virgin Mary, and the young Louis XIV as the infant Jesus, in the allegorical portrait now in the Bishop’s Palace at Sens.
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