The extensive garden of the Jewish upper middle-class Finzi-Contini family becomes a meeting place for young people to maintain their friendships and liaisons undisturbed and unfazed by Italian fascism in the late 1930s. The beginning of the Second World War shatters this idyll and in 1943 the family is deported.
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The film was to create a "fresco of the Jewish tragedy in toto," as Giorgio Bassani, the author of the autobiographical novel on which the film was based, later wrote. Under the direction of Vittorio De Sica, the doyen of Italian neorealism, a melodrama was created that subtly hints at the breach of civilization. It won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1971 and a year later the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Starring Lino Capolicchio, Dominique Sanda and Helmut Berger. Directed by Vittorio De Sica.
Bassani, Giorgio. "Der verratene Garten" (The Betrayed Garden). In: Erinnerungen des Herzens (Memories of the Heart). Munich: Piper, 1991, 165–173.
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Film Collection: Artur Brauner Collection (21)
Artur Brauner Collection
The media library of our Library presents selected work by one of the most successful film producers in German post-war history.
Babiy Yar: The Forgotten Crime (2003)
Starring Michael Degen, Katrin Saß, and Axel Milberg. Directed by Jeff Kanew
A Love in Germany (1983)
Starring Hanna Schygulla, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Otto Sander. Directed by Andrzej Wajda.
With Sharon Brauner, Günter Lamprecht, and Mathieu Carrière. Directed by Jerzy Hoffman.
Witness out of Hell (1967)
Starring Irene Papas, Heinz Drache, and Daniel Gélin. Directed by Živorad Mitrović
From Hell to Hell (1997)
Starring Anja Kling. Directed by Dmitri Astrachan.
Starring Walter Richter, Lotte Koch, and Klaus Kinski. Directed by Eugen York.
Man and Beast (1963)
A film from the Artur Brauner Collection at our library
Sweetheart of the Gods (1960)
Starring Ruth Leuwerik, Peter van Eyck, and Harry Meyen. Directed by Gottfried Reinhardt.
Europa Europa (1990)
Starring Marco Hofschneider, Julie Delpy, and Hanns Zischler. Directed by Agnieszka Holland.
Starring Klaus Maria Brandauer. Directed by István Szabó.
Murder by Signature (1961)
Written and directed by Erwin Leiser
Angry Harvest (1985)
Starring Armin Mueller-Stahl and Elisabeth Trissenaar. Directed by Agnieszka Holland.
The White Rose (1982)
Starring Lena Stolze, Ulrich Tukur, and Martin Benrath. Directed by Michael Verhoeven.
The Passerby (1982)
With Romy Schneider, Michel Piccoli, and Helmut Griem. Directed by Jacques Rouffio.
The Rose Garden (1989)
Starring Maximilian Schell and Liv Ullmann. Directed by Fons Rademakers.
Starring Jossi Pollak. Directed by Vladimir Saveljev.
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
Starring Lino Capolicchio, Dominique Sanda and Helmut Berger. Directed by Vittorio De Sica
Warsaw: Year 5703 (1992)
Starring Hanna Schygulla, Lambert Wilson and Julie Delpy. Directed by Janusz Kijowski.
The Plot to Assassinate Hitler (1955)
Starring Wolfgang Preiss, Annemarie Düringer, and Robert Freitag. Directed by Falk Harnack.
Starring Birgit Doll, Elisabeth Trissenaar and Derek Jacobi. Directed by Frans Weisz.
You Are Free, Dr. Korczak (1974)
Starring Leo Genn. Directed by Aleksander Ford.