The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini)
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The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini)
This moving film focuses on an aristocratic Jewish family living in Italy during World War II who don't comprehend the threat of the Nazis until its too late. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and boasts terrific performances by Helmut Berger and Dominique Sanda.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For its story moment before the gathering storm broke, this film is a garden wall held up, a finger in the dyke, just before the deluge and fall into darkness."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Splendidly recreated, Vittorio De Sica's elegantly painful and eloquently tragic tribute to the demise of the Jewish aristocracy in Italy in WWII deservedly won the best foreign-language Oscar in 1971."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"a highly effective piece of work by an always interesting and thoughtful filmmaker"
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net