1

Rocco and His Brothers, 1960

SOURCE:

Sign in to view read count
Today is the start of my annual two-week holiday visit with great film. Having spent much of my youth in the Museum of Modern Art's basement screening theater with my movie-loving artist father, watching old films with him late at night, and having taken a couple of screenwriting classes, film is another one of my passions. Think of this two-week period as cinematic jazz or music to the eyes. What both jazz and great cinema have in common is poetry.

The first film this week is Rocco and His Brothers. Directed by Luchino Visconti (above), one of the great Italian neo-realists, it's the story of a family that migrates from the south of Italy to Milan in the north and how the city's values change Rocco's family and why southern Italy's way of life and values still have a strong hold over them. Visconti would go on to direct The Leopard (1963) and Death in Venice (1971).

Rocco and His Brothers stars Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot and Claudia Cardinale (above), with music by Nino Rota (Fellini's , Juliet of the Spirits and The Godfather Part II). Martin Scorsese clearly was influenced by the film's boxing sequences for Raging Bull.

A trick for reading English subtitles. If the line is long, read the first half, look up at the screen and then read the rest. You'll get used to it.

Here's Rocco and His Brothers...

Continue Reading...

This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
Copyright © 2021. All rights reserved.

Post a comment

Tags

Jazz News

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.