Sunflower (1970)

A woman born for love. A man born to love her. A timeless moment in a world gone mad.

  • Genre: Drama, War
  • Release Date: 1970-03-14
  • User Rating: 7.5/10 from 154 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 49min
  • Language: Italiano
  • Production Company: C. C. Champion
  • Production Country: France, Italy
  • Director: Vittorio De Sica
star 7.6/10
From 154 Ratings


At the end of World War II, Giovanna, a war bride living near Milan refuses to accept that her husband, Antonio, missing on the Russian front, is dead. There's a flashback to their brief courtship near her hometown of Naples, his 12-day leave to marry her, ruses to keep from deployment, and the ultimate farewell. Some years after the war, still with no word from Antonio, Giovanna goes to Russia to find him, starting in the town near the winter battle when he disappeared. Armed with his photograph, what will she find?

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  • Sophia Loren

    as Giovanna
  • Marcello Mastroianni

    as Antonio
  • Ludmila Savelyeva

    as Mascia
  • Galina Andreyeva

    as Valentina
  • Anna Carena

    as Madre Antonio
  • Germano Longo

    as Ettore
  • Glauco Onorato

    as Il reduce
  • Silvano Tranquilli

    as L'operaio italiano
  • Marisa Traversi

    as Donna stazione
  • Gunārs Cilinskis

    as Funzionario russo
  • Giorgio Basso

  • Gianni Bortolotto

    as Italian official
  • Umberto Di Grazia

  • Giuliano Girardi

  • Dino Peretti

  • Pippo Starnazza

  • Oleg Fyodorov

    as Young Russian worker (uncredited)
  • Pyotr Kolbasin

  • Alla Budnitskaya

    as Uncredited
  • Nadezhda Cherednichenko

    as Contadina russa (as Nadja Cerednicenko)
Production Carlo Ponti Producer
Production Arthur Cohn Producer
Directing Vittorio De Sica Director
Camera Giuseppe Rotunno Director of Photography
Sound Henry Mancini Original Music Composer
Writing Tonino Guerra Screenplay
Writing Cesare Zavattini Screenplay
Writing Giorgi Mdivani Screenplay
Editing Adriana Novelli Editor
Sound Carlo Palmieri Sound
Camera Giuseppe Maccari Camera Operator
Camera Giancarlo Ferrando Camera Operator
Directing Franca Invernizzi Script Supervisor
Sound Alvaro Orsini Sound
Costume & Make-Up Nadia Vitali Assistant Costume Designer
Costume & Make-Up Giuseppe Annunziata Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Ada Palombi Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Mario Van Riel Makeup Artist
Editing Carla Zamponi Assistant Editor
Camera Mazzini Salvatori Key Grip
Sound Renato Cadueri Sound Mixer
Art Piero Poletto Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Enrico Sabbatini Costume Design
Art Giantito Burchiellaro Set Decoration
Production Gianni Cecchin Production Manager
Production Joseph E. Levine Executive Producer
Editing Marisa Letti Assistant Editor
Costume & Make-Up Marisa Fraticelli Hairstylist
Writing Tonino Guerra Story
Writing Cesare Zavattini Story
Production Jone Tuzi Line Producer
Directing Luisa Alessandri First Assistant Director
Directing Paolo Serbandini First Assistant Director
Production Bruno Altissimi Unit Manager
Production Stefano Pegoraro Unit Manager
Production Elio Manni Unit Manager
Camera Piero Servo Assistant Camera
Camera Giuliano Grasselli Assistant Camera
Camera Massimo Di Venanzo Assistant Camera
Production Aldo Santarelli Production Secretary
Production Enzo Nigro Production Secretary
Production Maria Teresa Bartolelli Production Secretary
Production Franco Di Mauro Production Secretary
Production Vincenzo Raimondi Administration
Costume & Make-Up Adriana Masseroni Seamstress
Costume & Make-Up Berta Betti Seamstress
Costume & Make-Up Giuseppina Delli Carpini Seamstress
Lighting Rodolfo Bramucci Gaffer