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Rocco and His Brothers Poster
Released Runtime Category
1960 177 Drama, Foreign Language
Director Language
Luchino Visconti Italian
Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot

Rocco and His Brothers

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What's it About

This epic film tells of the Parondis, an impoverished family from the Sicilian countryside who come to Milan to seek their fortunes. Exploring the lives of five brothers and their widowed mother over 12 years, and told in episodic fashion, the focus largely stays on the quiet, handsome Rocco (Delon) and erratic, hot-tempered Simone (Salvatori), both of whom fall for bewitching prostitute Nadia (Girardot).

Why we love it

A film of sizeable sweep and authenticity, "Rocco" is another near-masterpiece by Visconti. Though each Parondi brother is profiled, it's the emerging rivalry between Rocco and the mercurial Simone that drives the story forward. French actress Girardot would also achieve stardom playing Nadia, the woman of the streets who comes between them. Long, but amply rewarding throughout.

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