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Luchino Visconti’s sweeping family saga is one of the central achievements of post-war Italian cinema and a major influence on the works of Italian-American filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Francis Coppola. It chronicles the migration of a widowed matriarch and her five sons from Italy’s traditional, impoverished
south to modern, more prosperous Milan, where they hope to establish a better life. The film is structured in five segments, one for each sibling, but the narrative spotlight falls squarely on two brothers: brutish boxer Simone and saintly, selfless Rocco.
Their triangular romantic relationship with Nadia, a beautiful young prostitute, sets in motion a tragic chain of events.
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