Acclaimed film by De Sica about an aristocratic Jewish family living in Italy under increasing Fascist oppression on the eve of WWII. The garden wall symbolizes the distance between the Finzi-Continis and the Nazi reality about to engulf them. Flawless acting and well-defined direction. Based on the novel by Giorgio Bassani, who collaborated on the script but later repudiated the film. Music by De Sica's son, Manuel. In Italian with English subtitles or dubbed.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 94 minutes.
Originally from Italian.
Oscars 1971: Foreign Film; Berlin Intl. Film Fest. 1971: Golden Berlin Bear.
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