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Sunflower: Sophia Loren Award Collection [Blu-ray]

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SUNFLOWER: Mere days after marrying Giovanna (Sophia Loren), Antonio (Marcello Mastroianni) is called to the Russian front to fight for the Italian forces. Years after Antonio is reported missing in action, Giovanna travels to Russia to learn what happened to him, only to discover he's alive. Their reunion is bittersweet, however, as Antonio has married another woman. ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - BEST MUSIC
1970 - Color - 101 minutes - 1.37:1 - Italian with English Subtitles

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  • Actors: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni
  • Directors: Vittorio De Sica
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004R4PWZS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,603 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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[SUNFLOWER - (1970) - Directed by Vittorio De Sica - Widescreen - Italian w/ English subtitles - 107 min.] During WWII, a new army recruit, Antonio (Mastroianni) and his lover, Giovanna (Loren) wed and enjoy the marriage furlough awarded him before he's shipped off to the Russian front, never to be seen or heard from again. After the war is declared over, and fraught with despair upon hearing that he was last seen on a frozen battlefield attempting to return against impossible odds, Giovanna promises Antonio's mother that she will set out on an odyssey search for him, and won't return without knowledge of his fate. It's critical to them both to know, despite the outcome. Their mourning may never cease, but they may take dark comfort in closure.

She searches and searches, showing his picture to scores of women who don't even understand her language, in relentless pursuit of a possible lead to his whereabouts, even after being led to a site of unmarked graves acknowledged solely by wooden crosses that stretch out forever. She eventually discovers he's alive and where he is currently dwelling, but their reunion is anything but blissful. Why didn't he return to her after the war? Who is this person he currently resides with? Why wasn't there even a letter sent? Did he no longer love Giovanna, his family, friends and homeland? The answers to these questions aren't easy to comprehend.

As always, the pairing of Marcello and Sophia on screen insures a cinematic event not to be missed by lovers of world cinema, and adding the brilliant directorial skills of De Sica is more than just icing on this multi-tiered cake, it makes for mandatory viewing.
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Vittorio De Sica's Sunflower is one of those nice ideas for a love story that doesn't really pay off. Sophia Loren is the devoted wife who refuses to believe missing husband Marcello Mastroianni is dead on the Russian front after the end of the Second World War and determines to find him. Unfortunately the stars never really convince, playing almost parodic working class characters who are more mildly irritating than engaging - with his exaggerated nasal accent and her bad wig they just remind you of one of those couples who you end up constantly sharing a dinner table with on holiday despite all your best efforts not to. It's a slave to clichés - not one, but THREE railway station separations! - but despite the sizeable budget often feels too rushed and half-baked to allow many of them to work even as a production line tearjerker. There's even some surprisingly poor camerawork at times in the Italian scenes that makes you wonder if anybody was that bothered about the final result. A few moments stand out, like the cabin packed with soldiers sleeping on their feet in the Russian winter or a field of sunflowers that are the only marker for the graves of unknown soldiers and peasants, and the last half hour is fairly effective, but it doesn't add up to much.

This is another title that has had a troubled history on DVD, from a decent transfer as part of Lionsgate's Sophia Loren 4-Film Collection (Neapolitan Carousel / Attila / Madame Sans-Gene / Sunflower) to a dire public domain release from Jef Films.
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...though sad love story. I first saw this movie when I was a teenager and never forgot it. After years of trying to find it in disc format, I finally got a copy of it. A real gem, with moving performances, beautiful scenes filmed in Russia and a touching soundtrack.
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I don't remember how many times I saw this movie. One of Vittorio de Sica's great masterpieces. I was tupid enough to leave the Dlue-rey at my old lady friend's house. I had chosen not to see her again. I don't miss her at all but my Blue-ray. I need to find another one.
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Beautifull movie and the best couple in movies
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very good.
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