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Splendor (1989)

 -  Drama  -  16 February 1989 (Italy)
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Splendor is the name of an old movie theater managed by Jordan (Mastroianni), who inherited it from his father. The theater is in decay and only generates debts and trouble, but Jordan gets... See full summary »

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Jordan
Massimo Troisi ...
Luigi
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Chantal Duvivier
Paolo Panelli ...
Signor Paolo
Pamela Villoresi ...
Eugenia
Giacomo Piperno ...
Il cavaliere Lo Fazio
Mauro Bosco ...
Il padre di Jordan
Ferruccio Castronuovo ...
Cocomero
Nicoletta Della Corte ...
Irritated young spectator
Giada Desideri ...
Friendly young spectator
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Don Arno
Giovanni Febraro ...
Le Fazio's administrator
Filippo Greco ...
Jordan age 11
Ilaria Liotta
Benigna Luchetti ...
Giovanna
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Splendor is the name of an old movie theater managed by Jordan (Mastroianni), who inherited it from his father. The theater is in decay and only generates debts and trouble, but Jordan gets aid in his almost quixotian quest from projectionist Luigi (Troisi) and ushurette Chantale (Vlady). However, Jordan is finally forced to sell the Splendor to businessman Lo Fazio (Piperno), which plans to transform it in some kind of furniture store. When Jordan leaves the theater for the last time (the very first scene), he recalls the glorious days of Splendor and movies in general. Written by Ivan Antezana <pcreat@amauta.rcp.net.pe>

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Italian censorship certificate # 84410 delivered on 2-2-1989. See more »

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[last lines]
Luigi: Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas to all.
Jordan: But we're in June.
Luigi: Well, these things only happen in Christmas. Merry Christmas!
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Fantastic! A forgotten gem!
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I first saw this as part of a Massimo Troisi film festival right after Il Postino became a success in the US. It was my favorite of the 5 films shown. I am still amazed at how few people know if this film considering that it has a big name Italian director and 2 of the biggest Italian stars of all time.

This movie does have some similarities to Cinema Paradiso which was released at about the same time. That could explain why Splendor did not find a larger audience. But regardless, this is certainly is a magical and touching film that stands on its own.

The film was re-issued in Europe on Blu-Ray and DVD in 2013. Unlike the earlier DVD release the new version does have English subtitles! If you are a fan of Italian film you really need to see this! Highly recommended!


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