SPIROS FOCAS IS VINCE
Directed by the unique figure of Luchino Visconti in 1960, ‘Rocco and his Brothers’ reframes the socio-political texture of his seminal neo-realist work. This violent film tells the story of an immigrant family from the south of Italy and its disintegration in the society of the industrial north.
The Parondi family meets oldest son Vincenzo, who has already established himself in Milan. The family is thrown into chaos when two of the brothers are torn apart by their love for the same woman. Neighbour and prostitute Nadia (Annie Girardot) incites Simone (Renato Salvatori) to pursue a career in boxing as a fast way to reach fame and wealth. Rocco (Alain Delon) steps in behind him, starting a love affair with Nadia and also a successful boxing career (which he doesn’t even want). By the end, Simone lost his boxing career because of his obsession with Nadia, his alcoholism, and dissolute life style and he kills her in a jealous rage when she goes back to prostitution.
A haunting musical score by Nino Rota and the black & white film put a highly important aural background behind a movie that can be seen quite crearly as an enormous influence on great American gangster films.
Rocco’s brother Vincenzo gives the name to one of our favorite and best seller styles of this season: THE VINCE is a navy polka-dots boxer that reflects that daring yet elegant north italian men look.