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Rocco and His Brothers (BFI Film Classics)

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ISBN-13: 978-0851703404
ISBN-10: 0851703402
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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: British Film Institute (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851703402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851703404
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rohdie's analysis of Visonti's masterpiece "Rocco and His Brothers" is another of the BFI's useful, concise, and fairly affordable book companions to classic films. Rohdie covers pretty much everything, touching on the roles of female characters in Visconti's films, industrial-era economic displacement in Italy, homosexual themes in "Rocco," the conflict of peasant vs. urban values in Visonti's Italy, Visconti's political loyalties, "Rocco" and Italian censorship, the balance of ideology and melodrama in "Rocco," Visconti and neo-realism, Visconti's many literary and theatrical influences etc., etc., etc. The main focus, or at least the one the book comes back to time and time again, is the theatrical elements of "Rocco," which makes sense, but Rohdie is pretty thorough, and his discussion covers a variety of topics.
Some interesting (and unrelated) facts from this book: Each of the film's five "chapters" were written by a different screenwriter, Visconti himself penning the final chapter. The migration of the film's Parondi family was not an exceptional one; over nine million Italians moved from the South to the North between 1955 and 1971. Commercial success eluded "Rocco" until the film began showing in smaller periphery cities, at which point the three-hour "Rocco" became Italy's second highest grossing movie of the year (behind the three-hour "La Dolce Vita"). An unfilmed prologue was written for the film, depicting the funeral of the Parondi father. And finally, here's an eyebrow-raising quote from Visconti on family values: "When the family doesn't exist, nothing any longer exists.
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