Staging Injustice Film Series: Rocco e i suoi fratelli by Luchino Visconti


May 12, 2022, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

An in-person screening of Luchino Visconti’s “Rocco e i suoi fratelli” surrounded by works of Italian modern art!

The eighth film in our Staging Injustice Film Series, Rocco e i suoi fratelli (Rocco and His Brothers, 1960) is directed by Luchino Visconti and stars Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, and Annie Girardot.

Synopsis (via IMDB): Widow Rosaria moves to Milano from Lucania with four of her sons, one of whom is Rocco; the eldest son, Vincenzo, already lives in Milano. In the beginning, the family has a lot of problems, but everyone manages to find something to do. Simone is boxing, Rocco works in a dry cleaner’s, and Ciro studies. Simone meets Nadia, a prostitute, and they have a stormy affair. Then after finishing his military service, Rocco begins a relationship with Nadia. A bitter feud explodes between the brothers–will it lead to murder?

The film will be introduced by Prof. Nelson Moe. Prof. Moe will share his observations on the work of director Luchino Visconti, whose cinematic art was profoundly influenced by novelist Giovanni Verga and by the geographical poetics of the divide between North and South in Italy.

Nelson Moe is associate professor of Italian and Film at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is the author of The View from Vesuvius: Italian Culture and the Southern Question (University of California Press, 2002).  The Italian edition was published as Un paradiso abitato da diavoli: identità nazionale e immagini nel Mezzogiorno(L’Ancora del Mediterraneo, 2004). He has written widely on topics ranging from Verga, Gramsci, the poetry of Amelia Rosselli, as well as Alberto Lattuada’s film Mafioso and the Neapolitan song, “Tammuriata Nera.”  He is currently completing a book on The Godfather.


General Admission: $10

CIMA Members and Students with valid ID: $5

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Public Programming at CIMA is made possible with the generous support of Christie’s.