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Rocco and His Brothers

Rocco e i suoi fratelli

Directed by Luchino Visconti
Italy, France, 1960
Crime, Drama


The widow Rosaria moves to Milano from Lucania with her 4 sons, one of whom is Rocco. The fifth son, Vincenzo, already lives in Milano. In the beginning, the family has a lot of problems, but everyone manages to find something to do.

Our take

One of the most revered films, from one of the most revered filmmakers! Uniting two titans of the 60s arthouse—director Luchino Visconti (The Leopard) and superstar Alain Delon—this epic, timeless drama has been triumphantly restored for the Cannes Classics selection at this year’s festival.

Rocco and His Brothers Directed by Luchino Visconti
It’s a lasting tribute to Visconti, cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno, and other members of the creative team that an unblinking sense of moment-to-moment verisimilitude shimmers through scene after scene, punctuated with enough grim violence to set the censors squawking even before its official debut.
November 29, 2018
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The tussle between neorealism and quasi-operatic melodrama that runs through so much of Visconti’s work reaches it apogee in the near-on three hours of Rocco and His Brothers…If there’s a prime weakness, it focuses on Delon; not only does Rocco seem too virtuous to be true, but the actor’s refined good looks make him an unlikely peasant, and downright unconvincing as the champion boxer he becomes.
March 04, 2016
Visconti’s smoldering neorealist epic—clearly an inspiration to Scorsese, from outstanding fight scenes and sibling tension to ominous storefronts and urban throngs, among others—follows the poor Sicilian Parondi family’s search for a better life in the northern Italian city of Milan.
October 21, 2015
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