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Red Lob (1989)
"Palombella rossa" (original title)

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Because of an accident, Michele (a leader of P.C.I. and a water-polo player) loses his memory. During one water-polo match, strange guys torment him; they want him to remember his past. As ... See full summary »

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Coach of 'Rari Nantes Monteverde'
Mariella Valentini ...
Reporter
Alfonso Santagata ...
Tiresome guy #1
Claudio Morganti ...
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Valentina
Eugenio Masciari ...
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Mario Patanè ...
Simone
Antonio Petrocelli ...
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Remo Remotti ...
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Fabio Traversa ...
Michele's friend
Giovanni Buttafava ...
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Gabriele Ceracchini ...
Michele as a boy
Luisanna Pandolfi ...
Michele's mother
Imre Budavari ...
Himself
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Because of an accident, Michele (a leader of P.C.I. and a water-polo player) loses his memory. During one water-polo match, strange guys torment him; they want him to remember his past. As the match is about to finish, he misses the penalty which would have let his team draw the match and keep the leadership. Written by Roberto Cavenaghi <yogurts@galactica.it>

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E ti vengo a cercare
(1988)
Written by Franco Battiato
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As cinema "Palombella rossa" is quite bad, probably Nanni Moretti's worst film, and curiously made after "La messa è finita", in which faith was put to test. In "Palombella..." it was the turn to reflect on one sector of the tense fabric of Italian politics of late 20th century: the Italian Communist Party. Maybe today it results interesting from a historical perspective, as it probably was in 1989 from an ideological point of view to both Italian Communists and those who cared about their predicaments after the Berlin Wall fell. Unfortunately, endlessly enunciated ideas do not make an attractive audiovisual experience, even if the plot device of resorting to the loss of memory is a fine and clever excuse to trigger personal evaluation. Moretti relies more on words than on moving images and sounds, and in the end his film becomes very tedious. You may enjoy it if you love to hear him shouting for 89 minutes, and if you share his ideology (whatever it is): this reminds me of a few of my theater friends who enjoy some tiresome, stage-bound motion pictures that are loaded with dialogues and heavy theatricality. But the average spectator, even the one who loves "films of / with ideas", will probably look in another direction after 20 minutes.


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