Noi vivi (We the Living) (1942)
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as Kira Argounova
as Leo Kovalensky
as Andrei Taganov
as Pavel Syerov
as Comrade Sonia
as Victor Dunaev
as Maria Petrovna Dunaev
as Acia Dunaev
as Irina Dunaev
as Lydia Argounova
as Galina Petrovna Argouova
as GPU Captain
as Vassili Dunaev
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.
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.
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