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The Flavor of Corn (1986)

Il sapore del grano (original title)
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Lorenzo, a handsome first-year professor in an isolated Italian village, falls under the spell of his most beguiling pupil, a dark-haired, starry-eyed 12-year-old named Duilio. As Lorenzo's... See full summary »

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Alba Mottura
Egidio Termine
Mattia Pinoli
Paolo Garlato
Elena Barbalich
Elisabetta Barbini
Efisio Coletti
Maria Baldo
Michele Pastres
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Lorenzo, a handsome first-year professor in an isolated Italian village, falls under the spell of his most beguiling pupil, a dark-haired, starry-eyed 12-year-old named Duilio. As Lorenzo's relationship with his heartless girlfriend deteriorates, he finds himself walking the fields with his loving student. When their idyllic friendship is questioned by Duilio's suspicious stepmother, Lorenzo is brought to a crisis of conscience. Written by <vincentr@axess.com>

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" The Saddest memories are those which never happened "
15 July 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The writer and Director of this film was Gianni Da Canpos who attempted to create International controversy and perhaps garner an award or two with this effort. The movie is called " The Flavor of Corn. " However after viewing his film, I got the distinct impression I was watching the death of a slow drama in the throes of it's last gasp. The film appears to be telling the story of A young pedagogue (Lorenzo Lena) in his first year at school. There, he meets a young boy named Duilio (Marco Mestriner) who finds the companionship of the arriving teacher intriguing and alluring. Although the Teacher is happy with the attention of his handsome student, he is much more interested with a divorced woman with rather loose morals. Interestingly enough the boy's family is taken in with the interesting teacher and smother him with hospitality and kindness. The relationship with the boy, although seemingly innocent, attempts to give the impression there is something going on between them. However, the majority of the film proves the opposite, idyllic, scenic and far too ambivalent for a romantic love-story. There is nothing in this movie which garners controversy, not even the blatant used of standard lovemaking between men and women. I suppose the director tried to reprise the role offered in the movie 'For a Lost Soldier' and failed miserably. There is nothing in the movie which can in it's most extreme be considered a man/boy film. Far from it. It's a film destined to be shelved and considered a waste of time. A poor excuse of so many other Classic films. **


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