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Micol is portrayed as attractive yet somewhat cold and reserved girl who may actually represent the faith of Jewish people Giorgio is in love with her and she is being mystic beautiful and above all unattainable to him She loves him as a friend by rejects him as a lover Similar goes for Jewish people more prosperous future is unattainable As we do in A Night in 43 Bassani in this film we also observe the elements of attempts to differentiate Nazism and Fascism The society is rather obviously based on class differences and Giorgios father keeps hoping that Fascism is not as cruel as Nazism This is just one of many elements of denial It is in human nature to deny cruel reality until it is absolutely unavoidable Perhaps the most visible symbol of it is the garden of the Finzi-Contini It is an idyllic environment breathing with nostalgia and unwillingness to recognize what is going on outside the brick walls The garden is a form of oasis where the Finzi-Contini family gathers their friends joined in denial of the cruel reality not only do they gather in the garden but Micols father keeps Italian non-Jewish servants even though it has become illegal He tries to escape the reality and does not hesitate to bribe the fascists to leave his garden intactThe generation of Micol and Giorgio are at this point in time at crossroads Micols brother Alberto is a symbol of childhood He represents as the happiness careless memories and safety of their adolescent years With his death all this vanishes and adulthood and cruel reality of present prevails He can also be a symbol of the conflict of good and evil times a carrier of a message of what is to come death and destruction The film shows that no wealth prestige or education could protect Jews against Fascism in Italy and also how these horrific times affected human life through a
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