In April, as part of the "Priceless Cities in Cinema" festival, Pioner and MasterCard are presenting the Russian premiere of the restored version of Luchino Visconti's masterpiece, "Rocco and His Brothers," one of the most famous films set in Milan.
"Rocco and His Brothers" (1960) is a neorealistic saga about a widow, Rosaria, and her five sons, who move from the south of Italy to Milan in order to begin a new life. Three of them are boxers, and the main action takes place between the young, idealistic Rocco (Alain Delon) and his older brother Simone (Renato Salvatori), a talented boxer and heavy drinker who is in a relationship with Nadia (Annie Girardot), a girl living in the same house as them.
"Rocco and His Brothers" is a grandiose panorama of Italian life at the end of the 1950s and beginning of the 1960s, which bridges classical Italian neorealism with the epic, "operatic" style which would later distinguish Luchino Visconti. The culminating scene on the roof of the Duomo di Milano entered into film history as an example of contemporary tragedy. The film also served as a discovery of the talents of the still-young Alain Delon, for whom Rocco was one of his first big roles.
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