Gushing over Visconti, Hunting for Dostoevsky

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Luchino Visconti’s 1960 melodrama, Rocco and his Brothers, was restored in April 2015, in 4K, and rereleased in theaters this past week. The film hybridizes Dostoevskian characters—most notably, a prostitute (Annie Girardot)—from The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov, weaving them into a yarn about a Sicilian family—a materfamilias and her five sons—that migrates to Milan. From its immense sadnesses and gloomy moral inquiries to its dizzying fantastical pace and roaring comical undertones, Rocco evokes the entire spectrum of Dostoevsky’s iconographic text.

In Italian.

By Edward “Red Panda” Melamed

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