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35-minute documentary on the movie, its post-war discovery, and its re-release. 45 minutes of deleted scenes never before released. Each scene is preceded by a title that explaining why Ayn Rand wanted it removed.
We the Living was published in Italian and later made into a two-part film: Noi Vivi in 1937 and Addio Kira in 1942. Directed by Goffredo Alessandrini for Scalera Films of Rome, Alida Valli starred as Kira, Fosco Giachetti as Andrei, and Rossano Brazzi as Leo.
The films were almost censored by Mussolini's government, but were permitted because the story was set in the Soviet Union and was directly critical of that regime. Although the films were a success, people understood that the message was as much a denunciation of fascism as of communism, so the films were pulled from theaters when the German Nazis and the Italian Fascists concluded that the movies were indeed anti-fascist and anti-communist.
The films were rediscovered in the 1960s through the efforts of Rand's lawyers, Erika Holzer and Henry Mark Holzer, and were re-edited into a new version with English subtitles composed by Erika Holzer and co-producer Duncan Scott. It was approved by Rand and her estate and re-released as We the Living in 1986.
This download includes the extra content which is also available on the DVD.
Permission to provide this product has been granted from Duncan Scott Productions.