- Director: Luchino Visconti
- Writer: Luchino Visconti; Suso Cecchi d'Amico
- Producer: Goffredo Lombardo
The divisions, prejudices and discrimination between north and south Italy.
Visconti revisits and produces one of the crown jewels of Italian neo-realism - with all the characteristics that go with such a moniker...bad and/or exaggerated acting, ridiculous dubbing...the mundane, the poverty and desperation.
It's all about money and the demands and constant complaints of an over-bearing mother...and, the dreary conflict between good brother and bad brother.
The subtext is as clear as you want it to be - depending upon your gay sensibility.
However, the mere length of the film fails to sustain interest in an otherwise dull and familiar story.
The widow Rosaria moves to Milano from Lucania with her 4 sons, one of whom is Rocco. The fifth son, Vincenzo, already lives in Milano. In the beginning, the family has a lot of problems, but everyone manages to find something to do. Simone is boxing, Rocco works in a dry cleaners, and Ciro studies. Simone meets Nadia, a prostitute, and they have a stormy affair. Then Rocco, after finishing his military service, begins a relationship with her. A bitter feud ensues between the two brothers, which will lead as far as murder.