Rocco e i suoi fratelli (Rocco and His Brothers)
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Rocco e i suoi fratelli (Rocco and His Brothers)
A violent story of murder, rape and cruelty starts when an Italian family travels to Milan to begin a new life. Rocco (Alain Delon) and his brother Simone (Renato Salvatori) both fall for a local prostitute. Rocco gives her up, but Simone kills the harlot in a graphic repeated stabbing scene. Another brother brutally rapes his brother's girlfriend in front of him. All this is too much for the basically good Rocco who only wishes to leave Milan and return home.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is in this strong and surging drama of an Italian peasant family's shattering fate in the face of the brutalizing forces of unfamiliar modern city life a kind of emotional fullness and revelation that one finds in the great tragedies of the Greeks."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Turgid, overwrought, yet still profoundly affecting."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Powerful neorealist melodrama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Visconti's greatest achievement is how he mixes realism and melodrama."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Beneath the neorealist façade simmers an intensity that is far more lurid and operatic in nature."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"Neither neo-realist nor particularly artsy, Rocco might make for a fat, satisfying beach-read of a movie if only it weren't so convinced of its own magnitude."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"What you end up with is more an entertaining, overheated mish-mash than a great classic."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Apesar de ser mais longo do que deveria e de se entregar ao melodrama ocasional, o filme praticamente se transforma em um épico familiar e conta com performances enérgicas e inesquecíveis (especialmente de Salvatori e Girardot)."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Even with [Rocco's] undeniable excess, the climactic moments transcend style and are profoundly moving."
‑ Arthur Lazere,
"A stirring and expansive family epic."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"A richly textured drama, resoundingly alive with characters."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"One of Visconti's and Italian cinema's masterpieces"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Visconti returns to Milan, the city of his birth, in this story about the politics of class involved in the move to the big city of a family of impoverished southerners."
‑ Nick Barbaro, Austin Chronicle
"I recommend a three and a half hour pit stop in 1950s Milan."
‑ Angelina Sciolla, Film Threat
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