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A decent movie inspired by a wonderful book
luigina.ciolfi from Limerick, Ireland
8 May 2002
This less well known '60s Italian Comedy is the attempt to translate into
movie one of the greatest books Italian contemporary literature has to
offer: Luciano Bianciardi's "La Vita Agra".
The movie tells the story of Luciano Bianchi, an intellectual coming from
provincial area of Italy, moving to Milan after a mine accident killed
of his friends and co-workers.
Milan in the is the symbol of the economic growth and increasingly wealthy
lifestyle that characterised Italy's in the 60s, and Luciano's life
dramatically: he leaves his wife and kids behind, gets a new job and falls
in love with Anna, a young and lefty journalist.
Carlo Lizzani modified the story told by the book in many crucial parts,
making it more suitable for a movie, he took away the most touching and
extraordinary features of the book: the cruel irony, the sense of
disillusionment, the struggle between personal ethics and the real world
during the economic boom.
A decent movie, but I definetly recommend to read the book (it's available
on translation). It's my favourite book ever, by the way.
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