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)
Vittorio De Sica directs the lyrical war drama Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini (The Garden of the Finzi-Continis), based on a book by Giorgio Bassani. In Ferrara, Italy, at the beginning of WWII, anti-Semitism is spreading. Mussolini has passed several laws that forbid Jews from going to public schools, joining the army, or marrying non-Jews. While many middle-class Jewish families flee the country, the Finzi-Continis believe it's safe inside their sprawling estate. As a wealthy, aristocratic Jewish family, they think their luxurious garden walls will protect them from fascism. Micol Finzi… More
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