NW Film Center and White Bird present ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS

Rocco and His Brothers

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.

It’s a Mad Romance and More: Sink Your Teeth into Our April/May 2014 Schedule

The print edition of our April/May 2014 is hitting the streets right now and is on its way to mailboxes all around town.  We’re really excited about our upcoming lineup, which includes classes & workshops at our School of Film, the newly restored editions of Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy, the local and regional selections that populate our Northwest Tracking series, gads of special screenings, a Leos Carax retrospective entitled MAD ROMANCE: THE FILMS OF LEOS CARAX, a handful of films co-presented with the U of O for their Cinema Pacific Film Festival, critically lauded films like Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS and John Hanson and Rob Nilsson’s NORTHERN LIGHTS, the return of old favorites like Luchino Visconti’s ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS and Orson Welles’ THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (the latter in a brand new, 4k digital restoration) and much more.    If you’d like a handy & portable digital version of the schedule to comb over, here you go.

Just click on the image below to download a .pdf version of our April/May schedule:


Rocco and His Brothers: An Urban Tale of One Family’s Ruination

This review is republished from Nick Bruno’s blog, The Rain Falls Down on Portlandtown.

A key moment in Luchino Visconti’s (The Leopard) 1960 epic Rocco and His Brothers comes near the end when Rocco (Alain Delon) declares to his family that he dreams of one day returning to their land in Northern Italy.  The film tells the story of five brothers who, along with their recently widowed mother, Rosaria (Katina Paxinou), make the transition from a rural setting to the urban environs of Milan.  Although Visconti equally divides the film into a chapter per brother, the heart of the picture concerns the destructive rift that develops between Rocco and his brother Simone (Renato Salvatori), a downward spiral that Rocco (and the film itself) seems to believe has come about as a result of the move to Milan.

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Adjust Your Tracking #10: We Talk To (And About) Kevin

Adjust Your Tracking is the podcast produced through the facilities of the Northwest Film Center Newsroom. The show is hosted by Joe von Appen and Erik McClanahan, and produced by Jessica Lyness and Laurel Degutis. Opinions expressed are that of the hosts, and not necessarily of the Northwest Film Center.

This week we review two very different films coming out this Friday, “The Hunger Games” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” and favor one much more than the other. We also get in to a broader discussion of franchise movies in Hollywood these days, and then finish off as Erik chats on the phone with ‘Kevin’ actor Ezra Miller.

New episodes of AYT are released every Thursday, so make sure to come back and check out what Joe and Erik are discussing every week. We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section, or feel free to email adjustyourtracking@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/adjustyourtrack. You can download the podcast by right-clicking the link below and selecting ‘Save Link As…’ Once saved, the show can be played in iTunes or any other mp3 player. Or stream it on the embedded player.

WARNING: Explicit language is used in this podcast.

AYT #10