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John Vogel <email@example.com>
In the beginning there was Bombolini the fool, Bombolini the drunk, Bombolini the joke. In the end there was Bombolini the mayor, Bombolini the hero, Bombolini the beautiful. In between is the secret of Santa Vittoria.
The real-life Italian town of Santa Vittoria could not be used for this movie because it had become too modernized since the Second World War period in which the film's story was set. A total of 169 Italian towns were location scouted until the right one was found: Anticoli Corrado. This is a municipality in the Province of Rome in the wider in region of Latium. The commune is situated about 40 km north-east of Rome. See more »
When Tufa the deserter, meets Caterina after being released by the Germans, Caterina places the bread knife parallel to the side of the cutting board. Next shot, the knife is away from the cutting board with the blade pointing away from the cutting board. See more »
[a drunken Italo Bombolini yells to the crowd, while sitting on top of the water tower:]
What do you want? Go on home. Go on home. Your lunch is ready.
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Town idiot becomes mayor, Germans invade ... wine at risk
In short there is no other move quite like it. One of those that you might not think to rent, but if you find yourself at the beginning of it, you'll not leave until you see the ending. Quinn is excellent.
The nutshell is that The Germans are coming, and the town has lost all of its older boys and men to the Italian army. They're a wine-producing town, and elect the town-fool to be the "mock mayor". The problem is that they need to hide the wine from the Germans, being their only real treasure. From that premise forward, the movie becomes dark and deeply compelling. I believe that these are some of the best performances of the star-studded actors...
I recommend it, as one of life's "must see's".
(PS: I'm a tough critic, so an "8" for me is just about tops)
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