I Sette fratelli Cervi

Director: Gianni Puccini

Year: 1967

This is an interesting film that I imagine very few have seen. It tells the true story of seven communist brothers, farmers, in Italy who stage guerrilla warfare against the fascists and the Germans. Though clearly shot on a limited budget, the director does a lot with limited means. There are a number of very long flash-back sequences done in black and white with heavy echo-particularly when it shows the earth being dug. Starring the truly great Gian Maria Volontè, with a number of faces notable to fans of Italian cinema, such as Don Backy (Cani arrabbiati) and Riccardo Cucciolla (Sacco e Vanzetti). Well worth a look if you can find it.

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