Cast and Crew
Alida Valli - Kira
ALIDA VALLI stars as the strong-willed Kira Argounova. One of Europe's most enduring screen actresses, Alida Valli was born in 1921 in Pola, Italy, the daughter of an Austrian journalist. After training at Centrosperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, she began making films at an early age, and rapidly became one of the Italian screen's leading young stars. Valli was 21 and already one of Italy's highest paid actresses when she starred in WE THE LIVING.
In 1944 she married surrealist painter and composer Oscar de Mejo. During World War II Valli went into hiding rather than continue working in the Fascist controlled film industry. Resuming her work after the war, she came to Hollywood under contract with David 0. Selznick. She appeared in Hitchcock's THE PARADINE CASE and co-starred with Frank Sinatra and Fred McMurray in THE MIRACLE OF THE BELLS.
Among her other English language films is the British classic, THE THIRD MAN with Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten. Returning to Europe in the early 1950's, Valli began an international career that saw her gradually mature from romantic roles to strongly etched character parts. She recently was featured in A MONTH BY THE LAKE (1995) starring Vanessa Redgrave. Valli makes her home in Rome, and continues to appear on stage and screen.
Valli has made over 80 additional films. Among them are: MANON LESCAUT (1939); PICCOLO MONDO ANTICO (1941); WALK SOFTLY, STRANGER (1950); ULTIMO INCONTRO (1951); Visconti's SENSO (1954); Antonioni's IL GRIDO (1957); THIS ANGRY AGE (1958); THE LONG ABSENCE (1961); THE HAPPY THEIVES (1962); OEDIPUS REX (1967); Bertolucci's THE SPIDER'S STRATAGEM (1970): THE CASSANDRA CROSSING (1977); and INFERNO (1979).
Rossano Brazzi - Leo
ROSSANO BRAZZI plays Leo Kovalensky, fugitive son of an aristocrat. Brazzi was truly one of the great romantic leading men to emerge in the film industry. In over 50 years of acting, Brazzi performed in over 100 movies, a score of TV series, winning several best actor awards in Italy and other European countries.
He was born in Bologna in 1916 and attended law school in Florence. When his parents were killed by the Fascists, Brazzi moved to Rome and joined a repertory company in 1937. He made his film debut in 1939, and when WE THE LIVING was made in 1942, he was already among the highest paid Italian film stars. Generally cast in swashbuckling roles, WE THE LIVING established him as a serious actor as well. During World War II, Brazzi worked with resistance groups in Rome.
His first Hollywood film was LITTLE WOMEN in 1949, but he did not win a following in America until 1954 when he appeared in THREE COINS IN A FOUNTAIN. After that he appeared with Katherine Hepburn in David Lean's SUMMERTIME and the musical SOUTH PACIFIC and a number of other Hollywood hits. Brazzi died December 24th, 1994.
Among his other memorable films are THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA (1954); INTERLUDE (1957); A CERTAIN SMILE (1958); LEGEND OF THE LOST (1957); LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (1962); De Sica’s WOMAN TIMES SEVEN (1967); THE ITALIAN JOB (1969); MISTER KINGSTREET'S WAR (1970); THE OMEN--FINAL CONFLICT (1981); THE FAR PAVILIONS (1984); FEAR CITY (1985).
Fosco Giachetti - Andrei
FOSCO GIACHETTI plays Andrei Taganov, the ruthless GPU official and idealistic revolutionary.
Giachetti became a major force in Italian film after his first successful starring role in SQUADRONE BIANCO, released in 1936. By the time he starred in WE THE LIVING, he was the number one box office attraction in Italy. Giachetti abandoned the theater for cinema and made approximately 50 films during his career.
A virile screen presence, he was considered at his best when playing the romantic, melancholy loner. Giachetti completed his last film, L'HERITIER in 1973, a year before his death at the age of 70.
Among his other notable films are: SCIPPIONE L'AFRICANCO (1938); THE LIFE OF G. VERDI (1940); Alessandrini's NOZZE DI SANGUE (1941); ALCAZAR (1942); BROTHERS KARAMAZOFF (1947); and, in French, Rene Clement's CHATEAU DE VERRE (1948), with Michele Morgan and Jean Marais.
Goffredo Alessandrini - Director
Goffredo Alessandrini born in Cairo In 1904, was a very successful director during Mussolini’s regime. Although, initially, his films were influenced by his brief stay in Hollywood in the early 1930's for MGM Studios, he successfully made the transition from musical comedies to historical dramas and ideological propaganda films when the tide of war changed the focus of filmmaking.
All of his films are noted for their extreme realism, and have been lauded as anticipating the Neo-Realist movement that was to follow the end of the war. THE LIFE OF CARAVAGGIO and DON BOSCO were praised for their direction and received exceptional reviews.His colonial film, ABUNA MESSIAS received several awards.During his career, Alessandrini directed approximately 20 films. Looking at them today, they still hold fascination for the viewer.
Among his most important films: LA SEGRETARIA PRIVATE (1931); CAVALLERIA (1936); UNA DONNA FRA DUE MONDI (1937); LUCIANO SERRA-PILOTA (1938); IL PONTE DI VETRO (1940); FURIA (1948); and RAPTURE (1950).
He was married to the great Italian actress Anna Magnanl. Alessandrini died in Rome in 1978.
Duncan Scott - Co-Producer, Restoration
Duncan Scott is an award-winning director with over 80 productions to his credit. He has filmed throughout the world, from Argentina to Siberia and is the winner of four Emmy Awards. Duncan’s directing skills are an outgrowth of a diversified background in film, television, and theater.
After majoring in theater arts at The School of Performing Arts in New York City, Duncan began his motion picture career as a film editor on features, commercials and film trailers. He was accepted into the Directors Guild of America Training Program. As an assistant director on east coast based feature films, he work alongside Woody Allen, Sidney Lumet, and Richard Brooks on major studio films such as ZELIG and DEATHTRAP.
Building on his background in assistant directing and postproduction, Duncan launched his directing career. Over the years he has directed projects for film, television and theater. His credits include dramatic short subjects, public service commercials, documentaries, and music videos. Duncan helped to create the acclaimed PBS series, INNOVATION, for which he produced and directed 28 half-hour programs. He directed public service announcements featuring celebrities such as Eric Clapton. His many theater credits include a revival of A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS.
Recent television projects include a 30-minute drama about a young couple coping with their fear of AIDS, and a short comedy in the style of THE X FILES. His Emmy award-winning PSAs promoting the Emergency Medical Services have been airing nationally for over eight years. The spots, shot on 35mm film are produced in the style of dramatic feature films.
Through his production company, Duncan now develops feature films and television movies. The company owns and distributes the feature film classic, WE THE LIVING, based on the novel by Ayn Rand. The company’s first original production will be the erotic-thriller, LAST WORDS. Following that is GRANITE, a period adventure-mystery for which the screenplay was recently completed. Also nearing completion is a proposed Denzel Washington vehicle -- the true story of a young black slave who becomes America’s first General during the Civil War.
Henry Mark Holzer - Co-Producer, Restoration
Henry Mark Holzer, co-producer of the restored version of WE THE LIVING, has been a lawyer for almost thirty years.
As counsel to Ayn Rand in the 1960's, he was primarily responsible for finding the film in Italy.
Erika Holzer - Co-Producer, Restoration
Erika Holzer is a novelist. lawyer, and co-producer of the restored version of WE THE LIVING. As counsel, with her husband, to Ayn Rand in the 1960's, she helped find WE THE LIVING in Italy.