A chronicle of family loyalty and disintegration, Visconti’s epic masterpiece is one of the most powerful and emotionally charged movies ever made. Rosaria Parondi and her five sons journey north to Milan to seek a better life, but the industrial north proves just as unforgiving as the desolation in Sicily. Simone (Renato Salvatori) becomes the first brother to find success—but his career as a boxer flounders when he meets Nadia (Annie Girardot), a beautiful prostitute. When Simone’s possessiveness drives Nadia away, she falls in love with his younger brother Rocco (Alain Delon). The lovers set in motion a shattering chain of events for which the family’s traditional values leave them unprepared. The most dramatic and spectacular film of Visconti’s career, its sweeping operatic style, Nino Rota score, and striking Giuseppe Rotunno cinematography influenced the work of directors Martin Scorsese (MEAN STREETS), Francis Ford Coppola (THE GODFATHER), and a generation of other filmmakers. (177 mins.)
Co-presented with White Bird Dance, which is presenting the world premiere of Dutch choreographers Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten’s dance-theater piece “Rocco,” based on the film, April 10-12. For information and dance performance tickets, visit whitebird.org.
Admission to the film is free for White Bird ticket holders. Film attendees and Silver Screen Club members are eligible for a “Rocco” ticket discount. Choreographers Greco and Scholten will introduce the film.
ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS screens Sunday, April 6 at 6:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).
Tickets are available online or at the door.