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Kaos (1984)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  14 February 1986 (USA)
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Five stories by Luigi Pirandello set in turn-of-the-century Italy.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margarita Lozano ...
Mariagrazia (segment "L'altro figlio")
Orazio Torrisi ...
Comizzi (segment "L'altro figlio")
Carlo Cartier ...
Il giovane dottore (segment "L'altro figlio")
Biagio Barone ...
Salvatore (segment "Requiem")
Laura Mollica ...
La ragazza / Francesca (segments "L'altro figlio" and "Requiem")
Salvatore Rossi ...
Il patriarca (segments "L'altro figlio" and "Requiem")
Franco Scaldati ...
Don Sarso (segment "Requiem")
Pasquale Spadola ...
Il barone (segment "Requiem")
Claudio Bigagli ...
Batà (segment "Mal di luna")
Massimo Bonetti ...
Saro (segments "Mal di luna" and "Colloquio con la madre")
Enrica Maria Modugno ...
Sidora (segment "Mal di luna")
Anna Malvica ...
La madre (segment "Mal di luna")
Regina Bianchi ...
Madre di Pirandello (segment "Colloquio con la madre") (as Régina Bianchi)
Laura De Marchi ...
Nonna di Pirandello (segment "Colloquio con la madre")
Giovanna Taviani ...
Madre di Pirandello (segment "Colloquio con la madre")


The film consists of four stories plus epilogue, set in 19th-century Sicily. THE OTHER SON - A mother spends her life waiting for news from her two sons (emigrated to America) while ignoring her third, because he is the reincarnation of the bandit who raped her. MOON SICKNESS - a newly-wed peasant girl discovers that her husband goes mad every full moon. She arranges for a male friend to protect her, but they end up in bed together just as the moon emerges from behind a cloud. THE JAR - a rich landowner hires a master craftsman to repair a giant olive jar, but the craftsman gets trapped inside. REQUIEM - villagers band together in an attempt to force their landlord to let them bury their dead. CONVERSATIONS WITH MOTHER - the writer Luigi Pirandello talks with his aged mother about a story he always wanted to write, but which he never managed to capture in words. Written by Michael Brooke <>

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14 February 1986 (USA)  »

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Chaos  »

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$325,717 (USA)

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20 October 2007 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Yes, there's four films with an epilogue.. But there's also a prologue! Don't you remember when the peasants walks in the mountains, and then found a male bird laying on eggs? "You rascal! You shouldn't lay on eggs!" And then they began to throw the eggs on the poor bird. Suddenly, someone yells: "Stop!" and then binds a bell around the bird neck and throws it up in the air and yells: "Musica!" (Music in Italian) This bird is seen between the short films, and you can even hear the bell!! After this, "L'altro figlio" (The other son) begins.. Yes, this film is a truly masterpiece and my number one film!! I've seen it 24 or 25 times now. Sometimes, I close my eyes and just listen to the beautiful Italian language..

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