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Sunflower (1970)

I girasoli (original title)
An Italian woman conducts a desperate search for her husband, a soldier considered missing in action in Russia during WWII.

Director:

Vittorio De Sica

Writers:

Tonino Guerra (story and screenplay) (as Antonio Guerra), Cesare Zavattini (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Giovanna
Marcello Mastroianni ... Antonio
Lyudmila Saveleva ... Mascia (as Ljudmila Saveljeva)
Galina Andreeva Galina Andreeva ... Valentina Ivanovna - the Soviet official
Anna Carena ... La madre di Antonio
Nadya Serednichenko Nadya Serednichenko ... La contadina russa (as Nadja Cerednicenko)
Germano Longo Germano Longo ... Ettore
Glauco Onorato ... Il reduce
Silvano Tranquilli ... L'operaio italiano
Marisa Traversi ... La donna alla stazione
Gunars Cilinskis ... Il funzionario russo (as Gunnar Zilinskij)
Giorgio Basso Giorgio Basso
Gianni Bortolotti Gianni Bortolotti ... (as Gianni Bortolotto)
Umberto Di Grazia Umberto Di Grazia
Giuliano Girardi Giuliano Girardi
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Storyline

At the end of World War II, Giovanna, a war bride living near Milan refuses to accept that her husband, Antonio, missing on the Russian front, is dead. There's a flashback to their brief courtship near her hometown of Naples, his 12-day leave to marry her, ruses to keep from deployment, and the ultimate farewell. Some years after the war, still with no word from Antonio, Giovanna goes to Russia to find him, starting in the town near the winter battle when he disappeared. Armed with his photograph, what will she find? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Filmed in Russia from the Kremlin to the Ukraine. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The child of Giovanna (Sophia Loren) in this film was actually Loren's from her partnership with producer Carlo Ponti. See more »

Goofs

Mascia tells Giovanna that when she found Antonio, he was hurt so badly that he had forgotten everything, including his own name. If that's true, then how did Mascia know his name was Antonio? See more »

Quotes

Giovanna: Why are you ashamed to admit you're Italian?
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Two Characters to share the same sense of loss.
2 July 2011 | by davidtraversa-1See all my reviews

I suppose this film is just a maudlin melodrama, so is the music by Mancini. But then..., what a marvelous maudlin melodrama!... Why shouldn't it be? what's wrong with maudlin melodramas? If they are well done and authentic with their characters, if we get wrapped up with their emotions..., well, can you ask for anything more?

I just saw this movie on "You Tube" for the second time. I remember seen it on late TV in Italy, many years ago, and the impression was so powerful that after somebody mentioned it a few days ago --I didn't remember any more this title until they mentioned it-- I decided to look for it and watch it again, to see after so many years if the impression was still the same (so many films are a total disappointment when seen for a second time years later), but it wasn't the case with this one.

The story is so poignant that it can hold on its own very well no matter the change in mores and film technical improvements, it definitely grabs your interest till the very end (I must admit the film is far from perfect, since, for example, there are no indications of how many years went by or the new life style Sophia's character turns to after her Russian trip.

It also has two climaxes, both marvelous, but I think they should have decided for one or the other, two climaxes is too much within the same movie, and the length should have been shortened quite a bit.

Anyhow, forget about the lachrymose side of the story and submerge yourself in it (also get some Kleenex handy because everybody will need them, and plenty) and if you have to have a good cry, well, have it and enjoy it!! (After all is just a movie).


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Release Date:

24 September 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sunflower See more »

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Color:

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1.85 : 1
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