ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS
ROCCO E I SUOI FRATELLI
1960, Milestone, 177 min, Dir: Luchino Visconti

Combining Italian neorealism and conventional melodrama, Luchino Visconti's stirring and expansive family epic is set in 1950s Milan, telling a tale of changing times, family ties, conflicting moral codes, human weaknesses, jealousy, rape and murder with realistic trappings and operatic style. After the death of the family patriarch, widowed Rosaria Parondi (Katina Paxinou) moves from a farm to the city with her five sons (including Alain Delon as Rocco).


THE WITCHES (1967)
LE STREGHE
1967, Park Circus/MGM, 112 min, Dir: Mauro Bolognini, Vittorio De Sica, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Franco Rossi, Luchino Visconti

Some of the greatest figures of postwar Italian cinema directed this anthology film, which is composed of five separate segments ranging from comedy to drama. The international cast includes Clint Eastwood, Annie Girardot, Alberto Sordi and Silvana Mangano.


MAIGRET SETS A TRAP
MAIGRET TEND UN PIEGE
1958, Kino Lorber, 119 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jean Delannoy

Though he was often subject to disparagement by New Wave critics, veteran director Jean Delannoy actually pushed forward the Parisian crime film with this first of two Inspector Maigret adaptations featuring the incomparable Jean Gabin. MAIGRET TEND UN PIEGE adds its own cynical tone to the police procedural, aided by Delannoy’s expert use of actual locations in Montmartre. Gabin fits the role of Maigret like a glove, and he’s surrounded by a cast of colorful characters, including well-shaped turns from Annie Girardot and Jean Desailly.


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