Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli - Rocco And His Brothers

"There is no hope now." Rocco

"There is no hope now." Rocco


Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli - Rocco And His Brothers (1960) is an epic family drama.

Directed by Luchino Visconti.

Starring Alain Delon, Renato Salvatore, Annie Girardot, Claudia Cardinale among others.

An epic Italian family opera mixed with a heavy dose of melodrama that works, because of the astounding performances of its actors and masterful directing. This movie influenced Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese among many others.Visconti's Italian family dynamics can be seen in Francis Ford Coppola's, The Godfather (1972) and in John Badham's, Saturday Night Fever (1977).

Visconti's true genius in this film lies in the subtle homoerotic undertones throughout the film and combining of neo realism with melodrama. The film was heavily censored in Italy for its realistic portrail of the plight of southern Italians migrating north to find work. Luchino's directing captures the drama of a real family Italian family's struggle to survive in a new city.

Alain Delon is starting his magnificient acting career in this film. Alain is always great to watch, because he is always thinking in every moment of every scene. Delon's acting work is effortless and subtle throughout the film.

The scene below is the most powerful acting in the movie. Annie Girardot is simply breathtaking in every scene she is in. No matter how melodramatic or operatic it is. Turn off the sound and watch Annie's characterization in the scene below. In the scene below I can see that Girardot has no love for any of the men in the room. Annie portrays her character as a selfish, proud, aloof, and very materialistic, worldly woman. Brilliant work as an actress. Annie elevates every scene she is in.

Trivia - Luchino Visconti was forced to cut 45 minutes from the film in order to appease the Italian censors. In the US theatrical release they cut 13 stabbings into 3.