This was a weird one. On one hand I liked the performances, the cinematography, some of the humor, and the story structure. On the other hand I think this one was a bit hard to digest. Some of the humor didn’t work for me and I can’t say I can see myself watching this one again. That’s not to say it was bad, it was just not my style.
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis is an elegant, beautifully shot, well executed, and thought provoking film. It features some great performances and beautiful cinematography. While it is a bit slow, I never lost interest while watching. I can see why this film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 1972 Academy Awards. Highly recommend.
Maybe the most impressive aspect of this film is the fact that it is almost 80 years old and its power hasn’t diminished at all. There’s still a lot to learn from this movie but not just from a filmmaking aspect but also from a historical and cultural aspect. A hard watch but definitely worth it . This was a clear inspiration for films like Schindler’s List and The Pianist. Not a movie that I would watch again but I’m glad I saw it.