Fists in the Pocket, 1965

An off-screen male voice reads an anonymous note, meticulously assembled from clipped newsprint letters and addressed to a woman named Lucia (Jeannie MacNeil), bearing the scandalous information of a long-term affair between her fiancĂ© Augusto (Marino MasĂ©) and the note’s author in a possessive and desperate attempt to drive the unsuspecting young woman away. It […]

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, 1970

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis opens with a series of striking images of nature: colorful leaves, towering trees, sunshine peering through the foliage. But these are the most unnatural of times. A momentary preface reveals the looming tragedy of this picturesque Italian village: the implementation of Mussollini’s racial laws between 1938 and 1943. Beyond the […]