The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini)
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini) (1971)

Vittori DeSica's Garden of the Finzi-Continis is a moving film about 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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 16, 1971
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Donald J. Levit
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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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Arthur Lazere

a highly effective piece of work by an always interesting and thoughtful filmmaker

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Wildaly M
There's so much going on in this film, from the symbolism of the garden to the relationship between Micol and Giorgio. It definitely deserves more than one… More
Stefanie C
Each country has their WWII legacy, but the Italian auteurs transform their collective experience into cinematic political testaments. In the Finzi-Contini… More
Byron Brubaker
The garden is IDYLLIC. Giorgio (Capolicchio) is from a middle class Jewish Italian family. He has the pleasure of spending some leisurely time inside the… More