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Ayn Rand's We the Living
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This special 2-DVD set includes over 45 minutes of deleted scenes never before released. Each scene is preceded by a title that explaining why Ayn Rand wanted it removed.
(An) ambitious and ingenious film. --Caryn James/New York Times
Nothing stirs the soul quite so much as buried treasure. WE THE LIVING qualifies in every respect as film treasure...dazzling performances...Director Alessandrini brilliantly blends glamour, romance, politics, intrigue and danger..this is a film that avoids the predictable every step of the way...one of the best movies of the year. --Mike McGrady/New York Newsday
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Needless to say, I love this film and am so pleased that Duncan Scott, the distributor, finally brought it out on DVD with all the scenes that were cut from the original films. My only regret is that anticipated sales of the DVD were obviously such that Mr. Scott wasn't able to invest the money to have the film restored before the DVD release, although the print we see is decent. The only other issue is that if I were Ayn Rand, I would have kept in the film appox. 13 minutes of scenes that were cut, as illustrated below (Please reference the deleted scenes on the DVD):
I would have kept:
#3, Andrei and Kira debate;
#6, Aunt Marussia falls ill segment;
#8, Expulsion from Institute
#9, Nica's death; and
#12, Wedding speach.
Theses scenes offer a power condemnation of Communism/Fascism, a superb denunciation of the toxic Soviet ideology: "You build to destroy others. One day you will destroy yourselves!", whereby only party members have access to health care and education.Read more ›
1) This is a "lost" classic that must be seen. Filmed and originally released in fascist Italy during WWII, it was eventually ordered destroyed by Mussolini...but cooler minds (those of the producers) prevailed and secreted a copy. It took four decades for this movie to get "unveiled" again.
2) It stars Valli, who would 8-9 years later go on to star with Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles in the classic "The Third Man." She's beautiful and phenomenal!
3) Until now, this movie was only available on VHS and the old laser discs. I bought it on laser disc back in the early 1990s, and have been waiting for a DVD release for years. And it's been worth the wait!
The extras are cool...all new. A 35-minute documentary on the movie, its post-war discovery, and its re-release. Then about 45 minutes of deleted scenes, all of which were cut out during preparation for the film's revival in the 1980s and made under Ayn Rand's supervision. It's very nice to see these.
A "must own" for Ayn Rand fans, lovers of liberty, and lovers of great film!
The film attracted a sizable audience in Italy. The Fascist government saw the film(s) as a condemnation of Soviet misery but when it became aware that the movie(s) implied a condemnation of all totalitarian states, left and right, it withdrew them from distribution.
They were not seen again and were thought lost until the early 1960s when Ayn Rand's attorneys located prints in Rome. Ayn Rand liked the movie(s) a great deal, while having reservations about certain liberties that had been taken with dialog and situations. She died in 1982 and did not live to see the re-issue of the film, which was brought about under the auspices of the Ayn Rand estate. The original two-part 4-hour version was edited down to a 170-minute one-film version. One major speech (of Fosco Giachetti) was redubbed to assert Randian philosophy, and the ending (with the death of Kira in the snow as she is shot trying to escape from Russian) was eliminated, rendering the film more optimistic.
We are glad that the film was made available in some form after having been lost for decades. After all, how many films from Fascist Italy get picked up for commercial distribution in America these days? But we also regret that Alessandrini's complete artistic achievement was truncated and tampered with.Read more ›
I got so involved I actually forgot I was reading subtitles and began to feel as if the dialog was in English! A top flight movie!
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By far, this is the best adaptation of a book I've ever seen. After the disappointments from "The Fountainhead" and the "Atlas Shrugged" trilogy, "We the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David M. Fanale
If I had known this movie was in Italian, I would not have purchased it. It was impossible to understand and therefor I cannot comment on the content of this black and white... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Resleshart
A very nicely done movie that is surprisingly faithful to the book. The casting and sets are among the best I've seen from a movie of this period. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Forrest
***GOT THIS BOOK AS A GIFT WHEN I WAS 18 FROM A GOLF PRO WHO KNEW I LOVED TO READ BOOKS WRITTEN BY WOMEN & I HAVE READ THIS BOOK ABOUT 25 TIMES***EVEN THOUGH I STILL HAVE MY... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brenda
Not recommended for Socialist or Communists. Too scary. Brings to light what your doing in America right now. Need to keep your agenda hidden and in the shadows. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Idaho Dave
This is considered Ayn Rand's 'autobiographical' work, or the closest it comes. Rand lovers need to memorize this work. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dr. Ellen K. Rudolph
Product arrived timely and as described. A good rendering of the novel, however the film quality was average to poor. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gerald L. Johnson
A well-done edited presentation of two Italian Fascist-made movies. The story is depressing because it was set in early Soviet Russia, while most people were starving and dying,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
the film is preety close to the novel down side since it a black and white film it kind of makes it hard to read the white subtitles and the back ground or custumes are whitePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer