Rome, 1945. Enrico Corsi, a journalist about thirty, learns of the death of his young brother, Lorenzo. The news rekindles memories. When their parents died, the two brothers were separated. Enrico was raised by his poor grandmother. Lorenzo had a comfortable childhood as the adopted son of an English gentleman’s butler. They meet again years later. Enrico is now a journalist. Lorenzo is married and had a child. Lorenzo tells Enrico that he is terminally ill. The two brothers are drawn together in a warm relationship. Knowing his days are numbered, Lorenzo asks Enrico to take him back to their home town, Florence.
Valerio Zurlini was born in Bologna on 19 Mars 1926. After taking a degree in law, he turned to film. From 1948 to 1953, he made some forty documentary shorts subjects. Pietro Germi introduced him to the heads of Lux-Film, who assigned him to direct a feature, The Girls of San Frediano, an adaptation of a novel by Vasco Pratolini. In 1960, he directed Girl with a Suitcase, with Claudia Cardinale and Jacques Perrin. The film was a critical and commercial success. Cronaca familiare (Family Diary), one of his major works, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Zurlini died on October 28, 1982 in Verona.
Valerio Zurlini, Mario Missiroli
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Title in Original Version : Journal intime