History (La Storia)
Italy | 153 mins | Italian, w/Eng. subtitles
Italian director Luigi Comencini has brought the best-selling novel by Elsa Morante to the screen, unfurling an epic of war, love and sacrifice. Ida, a half-Jewish teacher, lives in occupied Rome with her two sons – Nino, a vital, brash, malcontent, and Useppe, a gentle, sensitive boy. When a bomb destroys their house, they move into a warehouse with a group of refugees who become like family. Through the eyes of this ensemble of anti-fascists, Jews, warmhearted prostitutes, pregnant teenagers, and domestic pets, we experience the catastrophic conditions of war and the small daily struggles facing people in their return to normalcy. With a bravura perfomance by Claudia Cardinale. 1987 Venice Film Festival.
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