in about 100 words or less
Italy/France 177m, B&W
Director: Luchino Visconti; Cast: Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot, Katina Paxinou, Spiros Focás, Max Cartier, Rocco Vidolazzi
Rocco and His Brothers is a dark melodrama about the struggles of a peasant family which has relocated in Milan from a rural town in southern Italy. Out of their element, the five brothers and recently widowed mother continue in poverty and long for their rural home. Their story, which is told in five parts, is interwoven around a young prostitute who falls in love with Rocco, and becomes the focus of his elder brother’s jealousy, rage and violence. Despite the family’s misfortunes, there is always a glimmer of hope in this epic family tale (Klaus MIng January 2016).