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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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April 16, 1972

Page to THEMICHIAN DALY Sunay, Aril 1, 197

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Weeds in the

garden of Finzi-Continis

BILLIARDS
TABLE TENNIS
BOWLING
FOOSBALL
UNION

RACKHAM STUDENT
GOVERNMENT
TUESDAY-FRIDAY, APRIL 18-21
Rackham Lobby

By PETER MUNSING
There axe two principle cri-
teria I use in judging a film -
does it successfully fulfill i t s
own aims and is it good on
general film aesthetics - does
it say anything, give any in-
sight into its characters or peo-
ple in general.'
The problem with The Garden
of the Finzi-Continis is twofold-
there are three, possible themes
and it's directed by Vittorio de
Sica. It is difficult to decide
what the film is trying to do,
though this says something in
itself.
Finzi-Continis is directed by de
Siva de die Schlockmeistersing-
er. While it's themes could have
come from the de Sica of Two
Women, Bicycle Thief, and Shoe-
shine, they are instead present-
ed in the manner of Sunflower
without any of the humor of
Marriage, Italian Style, Bocaccio
'70 or even After the Fox. Be-
cause he was once a great direc-
tor, there is a temptation to look
for the old de Sica, even if he
isn't there, so that you can say
"This is the film where he starts
climbing back to the top;" a
cinematic first game after the
minors. No such luck; it looks
more like de Sica's trying to
find the bottom first so he can
tell which way to go.
The central plot is about
Giorgio, a middle-class Jewish
kid, and his love for Micol, beau-
tiful daughter of the Finzi-Con-
tinis, Ferara's richest Jews. At
the beginning of the film we are
told that the story takes place
from 1938-43, when "The facist
government of II Duce, Benito
Mussolini, is applying the so-
called racial laws." So we have
three themes: love, decay of an
oligarchic class structure, a n d
Jews and the holocaust or the
evils of repression in general.
Now the old de Sica would have
spun his tale of repression in a
deeply humane, sympathetic,
powerful story focusing on the
people involved.
Giorgie boy has known Micol
since childhood, but she w a s
always inaccessible, separated
by her wealth in the symbolic
garden. With increasing anti-
semitism the Finzi-Continis
throw open their garden to
Giorgio and other young folk.
Enter Malna.te, a prototypically
handsome third corner of an
eternal triangle, who likes his

women "beautiful, stupid, and
sufficiently whorish." Micol re-
mains too enigmatic to tell whe-
ther she is either of the latter
two, though she does get it on
with Malnate.
Which is not in itself a bad
plot; up to the break between
Giorgio and Micol, it's well ex-
ecuted. However, the new de
Sica gives us little insight into
Giorgio and not much into Micol.
Giorgio becomes an unexplained
schlemielbcharacter with whom
it is hard to sympathize, while
Micol becomes so enigmatic as

to be inaccessible. When she
tries to tell him it's all over
without hurting him he ineptly
attempts rape; for her part Mi-
col makes various predictions
and generally goes around with
an air of foreboding and im-
pending doom.
In the tradition of wealth-
brings perversion-of-personal-re-
lationships - and perversion-in-
general (a.k.a. the rich are
fags), her menapausal brother
Alberto has a close relationship
with her until he dies beca use
of his frail nature. Pointless as

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this is, it wouldn't be so bad if
it weren't bludgeoned into us.
"It was a nice day;" - "But it
was nicer when we were alone."
Where did she get the wedding
ring? Alberto. When he croaks
she can't love Giorgio because
"It would be like loving a broth-
er." He may have died for lack
of Giorgio's ,love, but that
doesn't add to heterosexuality.
The film begins in Fall with
your out of focus shot of leaves
accompanied by tinkle piano mu-
sic in the Elvira Madigan tradi-
tion. It ends in Winter with a
dynamite Kaddish and shots of
an overgrown Finzi-Contini es-
tate. And let's not forget those
other symbols - along with the
change of seasons,Micol's dress
changes from white to black; a
"monster" of a dog guards the
estate "but with four teeth,
who can he bite?" blossoms fall
off a rose, movie theatres and
carnivals become places of fear,
etc....
A symbol should be subliminal,
integrated with the plot - these
are thrown in awkwardly as if
de Sica was checking off the re-
quirements of a certain type of
film on a clipboard.
But the most indicative sign
of de Sica's decline is the lack
of any gut-level emotional im-
pact. When the family is sep-

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arated into different classrooms
filled with people ready for the
ovens, I felt no emotion what-
ever. This may partly be due to
a lack of a sense of Jewishness
- Giorgio leaves the Passover
Seder at the drop of a phone
call, the facts that they are
Jews is rarely mentioned - but
most of all de Sica has not giv-
en us any empathy with the
characters. It's not a question
of liking them, it's a question of
caring about them; at least a
vague interest in what happens
to them. jThe only -character I
felt sorry for was Giorgio's fath-
er, whose only involvement in
the film is because of his son.
At least there isn't any synthetic
realism like the Elvira Madigap
puke scene.
presents
TONIGHT ONLY
Charles
Laughton
IN
WITNESS FOR
THE
PROSECUTION
Dir. Billy Wilder, 1957
with
MARLEN E
DIETRICH
and
ELSA
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A sensational L o n d o n
murder trial filled with
t e n s i o n and suspense.
Laughton stands out with
his richly succulent and
amusing portrait of an
aging barrister.

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