Vittorio De Sica – Il giardino dei Finzi Contini AKA The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)


(May contain spoilers)
In the late 1930s, in Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading families, wealthy, aristocratic, urbane; they are also Jewish. Their adult children, Micol and Alberto, gather a circle of friends for constant rounds of tennis and parties at their villa with its lovely grounds, keeping the rest of the world at bay. Into the circle steps Giorgio, a Jew from the middle class who falls in love with Micol.
She seems to toy with him, and even makes love to one of his friends while she knows Giorgio is watching. While his love cannot seem to break through to her to draw her out of her garden idyll, the forces of politics close in.

Italie, 1938. Alors que l’idéologie fasciste imprègne insidieusement les moeurs italienne, les mesures anti-juives se multiplient et les clubs sportifs sont interdits aux membres non aryens. Les Finzi Contini, pilier de l’aristocratie de Ferrare, accueillent des jeunes gens de la petite bourgeoisie locale sur les courts de tennis de l’immense parc qui entoure le palazzo familial. C’est ainsi que Giorgio à l’occasion de revoir son amie d’enfance, Micol, so premier et éternel amour… (Ours d’Or – Berlin 1971)

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