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Himself
Giovanna Bozzolo ...
Actor in Italian Film
Sebastiano Nardone ...
Actor in Italian Film
Antonio Petrocelli ...
Actor in Italian Film
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Car Driver
Italo Spinelli ...
On the Wall at Spinaceto
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Alexandre Rockwell ...
Himself
Renato Carpentieri ...
Gerardo
Raffaella Lebboroni ...
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Marco Paolini ...
First Salina Couple
Claudia Della Seta ...
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Lorenzo Alessandri ...
Second Salina Couple
Antonio Neiwiller ...
The Mayor of Stromboli
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Nanni Moretti directs himself playing himself in this wry look at life. Presented in three chapters, Moretti uses the experiences of traveling on his motor-scooter, cruising with his friend around a set of remote islands in search of peace to finish his new film and consulting doctor after doctor to cure his annoying rash to cast a humorous look at his life and those around him. Written by James Hastie <jdh1000@cus.cam.ac.uk>

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Nanni Moretti: If it depends on me, I'm sure I won't make it.
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Written by Luigi Schiavone (as L. Schiavone) and Enrico Ruggeri (as E. Ruggeri)
Performed by Fiorella Mannoia
Ed. Musicali Merak - Il Ponte
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An amusing personal film
15 July 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I came across this little gem in the bargain bin at my video store and was delightfully surprised. It is a free form film, divided into three parts which are pretty much like the diary entries alluded to in the title -- personal stories and reflections by writer/director Nanni Moretti, playing himself as a loner and narrating the film, sometimes in voice-over, sometimes on-screen (the other characters are oblivious to his narration). The film has an ironic wit and a casual style that is refreshing to watch. In the first segment, he just drives around Rome on his Vespa, admiring housing projects, spouting admiration for Jennifer Beale, and searching for the spot where Pier Paolo Pasolini was murdered. In one hilarious scene, he takes time out from his ride to berate a movie critic for giving a favorable review to "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer." In the second segment, Moretti goes hopping around the Italian Islands (spectacularly filmed) and tries in vain to get some writing done. On one island, all of the families have just one child, who willfully dominates the parents. In the third segment, Moretti recounts in almost documentary style the true story of his search for a cure for his baffling skin condition, which causes unbearable itching. His many visits to dermatologists and pharmacies are presented in excruciating detail but not without an air of wry detachment. Moretti's closing take is memorable. If you watch this film on its own terms, it's a wonderful viewing experience.


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