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Noi vivi (We the Living) (1942)

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Doomed love within a corrupt political world. At 18, the beautiful and smart Kira comes to Petersburg as the Communists consolidate power. She rebuffs a cousin who rises in the Party and may remember the slight. She falls in love with Leo, the son of an aristocrat, who gets into political trouble and never gets out. Meanwhile, a Party leader, Andrei, also loves her, and she feigns love for him to get political protection for Leo and money to pay for his TB treatment. But can Leo forgive her being Andrei's mistress? Subplots dramatize Party corruption, the disillusion of those who fought hardest in the revolution, and reflections on the man's individual nature.

Cast

Alida Valli
as Kira Argounova
Rossano Brazzi
as Leo Kovalensky
Fosco Giachetti
as Andrei Taganov
Emilio Cigoli
as Pavel Syerov
Cesarina Gheraldi
as Comrade Sonia
Mario Pisu
as Victor Dunaev
Elvira Betrone
as Maria Petrovna Dunaev
Gioia Collei
as Acia Dunaev
Bianca Doria
as Irina Dunaev
Sylvia Manto
as Marisha
Claudia Marti
as Lydia Argounova
Evelina Paoli
as Galina Petrovna Argouova
Lamberto Picasso
as GPU Captain
Annibale Betrone
as Vassili Dunaev
Gero Zambuto
as Alexei Argounov
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Not exactly a faithful adaptation of Ayn Rand's first novel, Noi Vivi follows the tradition of Alessandrini's extreme realism in the story of a young individual and her quest to survive in Soviet Russia by balancing between holding on to one's ideal and love. I noticed that the subtitled were not perfect, obviously to edit out the propaganda that couldn't be removed but it did stay true to the novel as well as listening to the dialogues using my broken Italian. The editing could have been done a bit better, but there's no complain for me as I know how hard it must have been to delete the fascist propaganda. The acting and casting were fantastic, I love the costumes, the sets and the minimalist design. However, I did get disappointed with Irina's (Kira's cousin) subplot being omitted (It was may favourite part in the book) and the ending being changed to something melodramatic/romantic that completely betrayed Rand's ideology.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

½

Noi vivi is an excellent adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel, We the Living. It vividly dramatized the essentials of the novel plot and theme -- the life-squelching nature of the totalitarian state on the individual. The acting, especially Ms. Valli's, was superb. The only minor flaw was the white subtitles on the black-and-white film were nearly illegible during scenes when a light-colored objects filled the center bottom of the screen.

William Parker
William Parker

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