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Sleepytime Drama: Bellocchio Messy Message Movie
After yet another career peak with his 2009 film Vincere, Italian auteur Marco Bellocchio continues his examination of Italian society with Dormant Beauty, a treatise on Italy’s hot button issue of euthanasia. Bellocchio managed to score one of the cinema’s most talented actresses ever to appear on screen when he signed French actress Isabelle Huppert (no stranger to Italian cinema (see a 1996 Goethe adaptation, Elective Affinities from Vittorio and Paolo Taviani), so it’s so unfortunate that this latest endeavor is so unconvincing in all regards.
At the core, based on a true story, the film revolves around three separate storylines, all going on in the last 8 days of Eluana Englaro’s life in February, 2009. Her father, Beppe Englaro, had decided to take his daughter off of life support after she’d been in a coma for 17 years, which divided the country concerning »
- Nicholas Bell
Paris– MK2 Intl., the sales division of the French arthouse exhibitor, has acquired Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s “Meraviglioso Boccaccio” (“Wonderful Boccaccio”), the Italian film masters’ follow-up to “Cesare deve morire.”
“We are telling this story, these stories, freely based on the ‘Decameron’ by Boccacio, because we accepted the challenge to create a contrast between the dark color of the plague, which yesterday (like today, in a different way) was everywhere, and the transparent color of love, ingenuity and poetry,” said the Taviani brothers, whose latest film, ”Cesare deve morire” won the Golden Bear at Berlin fest in 2012.
MK2 has collaborated with Taviani brothers on many films. In the ’70s and ’80s, the French company distributed in France the Cannes Palme d’Or-winning “Padre Padrone” and “II Prato, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Rome – Venerable Italian helming duo Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, whose “Caesar Must Die” won the 2012 Berlin Golden Bear, will shoot “Maraviglioso Boccaccio,” an adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th century classic “The Decameron,” with cameras set to start rolling next week in a villa on the outskirts of Florence.
For their take on “Decameron” the Taviani Brothers have assembled an ensemble cast of Italo A-listers, including Riccardo Scamarcio (“Third Person”), Jasmine Trinca (“Miele”), Kasia Smutniak (“From Paris with Love”), and teen Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (“Balancing Act”).
Rome shingle Stemal is producing with financing from Rai Cinema and subsidy support from Italy’s cultural ministry.
“What is the plague today? It’s an epidemic of disillusionment” the Taviani’s said in an »
- Nick Vivarelli
Presented as a documentary about a prison production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani utilize Caesar Must Die as a means to play with the perception of reality to blur the line between truth and fiction. The film begins with the final scene of the production staged inside Rome’s high-security Rebibbia prison, presented to an audience of inmates and visitors. The color footage immediately switches to black-and-white as we flashback six months to the initial casting of the production. We meet each of the thespian inmates, getting a feel for why they were cast in their respective roles. The Taviani's are endlessly intrigued by the way that real life and theater reflect upon and influence each other. The inmates bring their own personalities into Shakespeare's characters, just as those characters inform the inmates' "real" lives. Shakespearean dialog is seamlessly intertwined with "real life" prison drama, »
- Don Simpson
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