The Family (1987 film)

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La famiglia
The Family
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Directed by Ettore Scola
Produced by Franco Committeri
Written by Ruggero Maccari
Ettore Scola
Furio Scarpelli
Starring Vittorio Gassman
Stefania Sandrelli
Fanny Ardant
Andrea Occhipinti
Sergio Castellitto
Philippe Noiret
Music by Armando Trovajoli
Cinematography Ricardo Aronovich
Edited by Francesco Malvestito
Release dates
22 January 1987 (Italy)
December 1987 (U.S.)
Running time
127 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

The Family (Italian: La famiglia) is an Italian award-winning 1987 film, directed by Ettore Scola and starred by Vittorio Gassman, Fanny Ardant, Philippe Noiret and Stefania Sandrelli. It was entered into the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


It is the portrait of a bourgeois Italian family seen through the eyes of Carlo, an old retired professor who is the last patriarch of his family. The memoirs of Carlo characterizes the entire film, from the time of the Belle Epoque until the eighties, through two world wars, the economic boom, love, friendship and all the events which constitute human life.

All without changing their place of action: the film unfolds all around the apartment bought by the grandfather of Carlo.

It shows the family and its dynastic succession and with his habits.



It won 5 David di Donatello, 6 Nastro d'Argento and it was an Academy Award nominee as Best Foreign Language film.


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: La famiglia". Retrieved 2009-07-19. 

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