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Good morning Babilonia (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, War | 13 May 1987 (France)
After the bankruptcy of their father's stonemasonry firm, Nicola and Andrea emigrate to America to restore their fortunes. After many adventures and near-disasters, they end up in Hollywood... See full summary »
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Cast

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Nicola Bonnano
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Andrea Bonnano
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Edna Bonnano
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Mabel Bonnano (as Desiree Becker)
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Bonanno aka Babbo
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Mrs. Griffith
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Grass, Griffith's Production Manager
Brian Freilino ...
Thompson, Griffith's Assistant
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Duccio Bonnano
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Dorotea Ausenda
Ugo Bencini
Daniel Bosch
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After the bankruptcy of their father's stonemasonry firm, Nicola and Andrea emigrate to America to restore their fortunes. After many adventures and near-disasters, they end up in Hollywood designing sets for D.W. Griffith and marry beautiful actresses, but tragedy strikes with the arrival of World War I, which finds the brothers fighting on opposite sides... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Once upon a time there were Andrea, Nicola and D.W. Griffith...

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Drama | Romance | War

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13 May 1987 (France)  »

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Good Morning, Babylon  »

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$183,700
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Trivia

The movie's storyline involves two Italian brothers who emigrate to America to work in the movies. Good morning Babilonia (1987) is actually directed by two Italian brothers - Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani. See more »

Goofs

The director D.W. Griffith is sat into his car and looking outside the right window, attracted by the Italian Pavillion of the Universal Expo in San Francisco. He asks the driver to stop, gets down, walks around the car and, on the left side, looks again towards the Pavillion (that should have been on the right side) See more »

Quotes

D.W. Griffith: Never mind. Artists communicate through their work.
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Soundtracks

La Bottega Dei Miracoli /The Shop
Composed by Nicola Piovani
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talented filmmaking team bites off more than they can chew
23 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

The idea, at least, was intriguing: to recreate the magic and decadence of early Hollywood as seen through the eyes of two innocent, impoverished Italian stone cutters working on the set of D.W. Griffith's monumental 1916 epic 'Intolerance'. It's the perfect setting for a meditation on the end of Hollywood's precocious adolescence (Griffith's film was the first and most ambitious megabuck box-office flop), but rarely has a film launched with such promise landed with such a thud. In their first English language feature the Taviani brothers evoke none of the heady freedom that followed movie-making out West. Their Hollywood is a pitiful facsimile, patched together from a few myths and daydreams into an artificial costume drama, with cardboard characters mouthing dialogue that (one hopes) suffered in translation. The brief glimpse of footage from 'Intolerance' itself only underlines how little the Tavianis aspired to and how limited their resources were.


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