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The Valerio Zurlini Box Set: The Early Masterpieces (1961)

Claudia Cardinale , Jacques Perrin , Valerio Zurlini  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Claudia Cardinale, Jacques Perrin, Luciana Angiolillo, Renato Baldini, Riccardo Garrone
  • Directors: Valerio Zurlini
  • Writers: Valerio Zurlini, Enrico Medioli, Giorgio Prosperi, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Leonardo Benvenuti
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Noshame
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 224 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F48DAK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,313 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Valerio Zurlini Box Set: The Early Masterpieces" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Introduction by assistant director Florestano Vancini
  • How Do You Light the Night? - Interview with assistant director Florestano Vancini (36 mins aprox)
  • I Dreamed of Valerio - Interview with lyricist Riccardo Pazzaglia (22 mins aprox)
  • He Was A Friend of Mine - Interview with actress Eleonora Giorgi (7 mins)
  • A Director With the Eyes of A Child - Interview with director Giuliano Montaldo (Sacco and Vanzetti)(18 mins aprox)
  • Poster and Still Gallery
  • Introduction by assistant director Piero Schivazappa
  • Visconti Came to Visit Us on the Set - Interview with assistant director Piero Schivazappa
  • Valerio Was Always in Love with Some Girl! - Interview with screenwriter Piero De Bernardi
  • Zurlini the Outsider - Interview with Bruno Torri (president of SNCCI Italian Film Critics Guild)
  • When We Were Young - Interview with producer Mario Gallo (The Desert of the Tartars)
  • The Restoration of Girl With A Suitcase
  • Collectible booklet with liner notes and talent bios

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

This deluxe 2-DVD collector’s edition from NoShame Films offers a pair of early works by Valerio Zurlini, one of the great unsung maestri of Italian cinema. War-torn Italy is the setting for VIOLENT SUMMER. In the final days of Mussolini’s reign, Carlo (Jean-Louis Trintignant, THE DESERT OF THE TARTARS), the hedonistic son of a high-ranking Fascist (Enrico Maria Salerno, THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE) falls in love with a Navy officer’s widow (Eleonora Rossi Drago). Fleeing the wrath of the Anti-Fascists for the safety of Southern Italy, the lovers are stranded by the masses of the dead and dying and must confront for the first time the horrors of war previously kept from them by a life of privilege. In GIRL WITH A SUITCASE, 16-year-old Lorenzo (THE DESERT OF THE TARTARS’ Jacques Perrin) falls in love with cabaret singer Aida (Claudia Cardinale), spurned by his playboy brother Marcello (Corrado Pani, SECRETS OF A CALL GIRL). Secreting the sensuous Aida in a hotel and going into debt to feed and clothe her, Lorenzo can only stand by as Aida attracts a stream of new suitors and learns the hard truth that sometimes pure love is not enough.


Critic's Choice Zurlini is a far more restrained stylist than his celebrated contemporaries. -- The New York Times - May 30th, 2006

NoShame's films are pristine -- Coffee Coffee and more - May 11th, 2006

What a truly spectacular set!the presentation by No Shame is absolutely flawless!!! -- DVD - May 20th, 2006

a breathtaking tribute to Zurlini and his extraordinary body of work, highly recommended -- 10,000 - May 23rd, 2006

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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Italian masterworks January 9, 2007
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No Shame is a recent label which has sought to bring Italian classics to the DVD format. These two films, "Violent Summer" and "Girl With a Suitcase", are two of the finest films made by the director Valerio Zurlini, and the transfers are crisp, with good English subtitles. The films are fascinating as studies of young men involved in complex situations, in the former, trying to discern the proper political action during the Fascist regime, in the latter, trying to help a girl abandoned by his older brother. These films are distinguished by exceptional performances and by lovely compositions. For those who enjoy Italian cinema, No Shame has been a wonderful addition to the DVD universe, and this is one of their best packages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars preferable version February 15, 2007
This film is available on dvd from various publishers. Of the three I have seen, this version is preferable, as it contains two scenes that are absent in the other versions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seen them once and thats all I want to see March 1, 2013
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For some reason, I have no heavy desire to re-watch these in the near future. A lot of their appeal is the mystery of what will happen. They are quality works of filmmaking but not so art-like that I have to re-visit with a hunger and need.
I might be ignorant to the editing, framing and narrative flow but may
be someday when I revisit them I will see.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet Surrender! August 3, 2010
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Girl with a Suitcase: Ah, first love can be so bittersweet.....

Violent Summer: Bittersweet! No one does it like Zurlini.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good movie! September 10, 2010
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this movie is my fathher`s history!
this movie send for him, I think his agreeable,,thanks you.
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