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: 7.6/10 from 141 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 49min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Compagnia Cinematografica Champion
  • Production Country: France, Italy, Soviet Union
  • Director: Vittorio De Sica
star 7.6/10
From 141 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)
Sound Henry Mancini Original Music Composer
Sound Henry Mancini Music Director
Production Joseph E. Levine Executive Producer
Production Carlo Ponti Producer
Production Arthur Cohn Producer
Directing Vittorio De Sica Director
Writing Cesare Zavattini Screenplay
Editing Adriana Novelli Editor
Costume & Make-Up Enrico Sabbatini Costume Design
Camera Giuseppe Rotunno Director of Photography
Writing Tonino Guerra Screenplay
Writing Tonino Guerra Novel
Writing Giorgi Mdivani Screenplay
Camera Giancarlo Ferrando Camera Operator
Art Piero Poletto Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Mario Van Riel Makeup Artist
Art Giantito Burchiellaro Set Decoration
Art David Vinitsky Set Designer
Directing Andrei Konchalovsky Second Unit Director
Production Bruno Altissimi Production Supervisor
Sound Alvaro Orsini Sound
Camera Giuseppe Maccari Camera Operator
Camera Piero Servo Other
Camera Massimo Di Venanzo Other
Production Jone Tuzi Other
Sound Carlo Palmieri Sound
Costume & Make-Up Marisa Fraticelli Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Nadia Vitali Assistant Costume Designer
Sound Renato Cadueri Sound Mixer
Costume & Make-Up Ada Palombi Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Giuseppe Annunziata Makeup Artist
Production Gianni Cecchin Production Manager
Camera Giuliano Grasselli Other
Directing Luigia Alessandri Assistant Director
Directing Paolo Serbandini Assistant Director
Production Stefano Pegoraro Production Supervisor
Production Elio Manni Production Supervisor
Editing Carla Zamponi Assistant Editor
Production Aldo Santarelli Other
Production Enzo Nigro Other
Production M. Teresa Bartolelli Other
Production Francesco Di Mauro Other
Production Vincenzo Raimondi Other
Costume & Make-Up Anda Masseroni Other
Costume & Make-Up Berta Betti Other
Costume & Make-Up Giuseppina Delli Carpini Other
Camera Mazzini Salvatori Key Grip
Lighting Rodolfo Bramucci Electrician
Directing Franca Invernizzi Script Supervisor
Editing Marisa Letti Assistant Editor