"Rocco And His Brothers" Is Released

Rocco e i suoi fratelli (English: Rocco and His Brothers is a 1960 Italian and French film directed by Luchino Visconti.

Set in Milan, it tells the story of an immigrant family from the South and its disintegration in the society of the industrial North. The film stars Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot, and Claudia Cardinale, in one of her early roles before she became internationally known. The film's score was composed by Nino Rota.

With the emotional sweep of a Verdi opera and the narrative density of a 19th-century novel, Luchino Visconti's "Rocco and His Brothers" represents the artistic apotheosis of Italian Neo-Realism. First released in 1960, the film tells the story of the Parondi family, migrants from southern Italy who go to Milan in search of a better life. In five chapters — one devoted to each brother — Visconti chronicles the family's changing fortunes, and in the process explores the transformation of Italian society as the children of dispossessed peasants become soldiers, criminals, sports heroes and industrial workers. "Rocco and His Brothers" lives on partly through the influence it has had on American filmmakers. Neither the neighborhood intimacy of "Mean Streets" nor the grandeur of the "Godfather" movies is imaginable without Visconti's example. — A. O. Scott, The New York Times