The celebrated director of neoreliast masterpieces including Bicycle Thieves and Shoeshine, Vittorio De Sica once again stuck gold in 1970. After ten years of trying, he finally adapted Giorgio Bassani s celebrated novel to great acclaim and an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.
Set at the outbreak of War, De Sica s film tells the story of the Finzi-Continis, an aristocratic Jewish family protected by the walls of their idyllic estate. Whilst outside Mussolini bans Jews from tennis courts, the Finzi-Continis are not worried as they rally on their own, living in their dreamland. Giorgio (Lino Capolicchio) is the middle-class Jew in love with his childhood friend, Micol (Dominique Sanda) of the Finzi-Contini family, but she is in love with a gentile and wanting of experiences outlawed by the new government. With Giorgio s separation of Micol, De Sica tracks the loss of an idyllic way of life, from the tennis courts to the waiting rooms where Jews await transportation to the concentration camps.
Arrow Academy presents Vittorio De Sica s autumnal masterpiece The Garden of the Finzi Contini on DVD for the first time in the UK.
- Brand new transfer and subtitle translation of the film on DVD in the UK for the first time
- Interview with star Lino Capolicchio
- Interview with screenwriter Ugo Pirro
- Interview with composer Manuel De Sica
- Original Trailer
- A comprehensive booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Italian cinema expert Christopher Wagstaff with new translations of screenwriter Ugo Pirro and composer Manuel De Sica s comments on the making of the film as well as a contemporary interview with De Sica.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Making Of, Remastered, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Vittorio De Sica directs the lyrical war drama Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini (The Garden of the Finzi-Continis), based on a book by Giorgio Bassani. In Ferrara, Italy, at the beginning of WWII, anti-Semitism is spreading. Mussolini has passed several laws that forbid Jews from going to public schools, joining the army, or marrying non-Jews. While many middle-class Jewish families flee the country, the Finzi-Continis believe it's safe inside their sprawling estate. As a wealthy, aristocratic Jewish family, they think their luxurious garden walls will protect them from fascism. Micol Finzi Contini (Dominique Sanda) and her brother (Helmut Berger) invite their Jewish friends to join them in the estate for parties, tennis, and games while the war ravages on. Middle-class Jew Giorgio (Lino Capolicchio) attends the parties with his friend Malnate (Fabio Testi). Giorgio and Micol are childhood sweethearts, but she begins to reject him in favor of Malnate. She also refuses to accept that there's a war going on. Eventually they can pretend no longer, and the war closes in on them. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1971. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Berlin International Film Festival, David Donatello Awards, Oscar Academy Awards, ...The Garden of the Finzi Continis ( Il giardino dei Finzi Contini ) ( Der Garten der Finzi Contini )