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Giovanna Bozzolo ...
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Sebastiano Nardone ...
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Antonio Petrocelli ...
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Italo Spinelli ...
On the Wall at Spinaceto
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Alexandre Rockwell ...
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Renato Carpentieri ...
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Raffaella Lebboroni ...
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Marco Paolini ...
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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)
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Caro diario, a little undiscovered gem of a movie, maybe a bit artsy, but never pretentious or boring.

Caro diario (dear journal), is a little undiscovered gem of a movie, maybe a bit artsy, but never pretentious or boring. The main character is Nanni Moretti, the director, played by himself. Using a very original narrative, sometimes giving the impression you're watching a documentary only to be surprised when Nanni continues what the off-voice was saying to a guy in a convertible, it is an observation of different (and random) aspects of today's Italian society. In the first part Nanni rides around Rome on his vespa, alternating monologues commenting whatever's in sight with long cinematic scenes where the images and music ooze a mood that says all, the most memorable example of this being the visit to the beach where Passolini got murdered. In the second and most hilarious part he and a friend visit several Italian islands in search of peace and quiet. This part contains some Woody Allen-esque observations on human nature, tough comparing Moretti with Woody Allen would be underrating him, as making an island impossible to live on because it only consists of couples with a single child and illustrating it in such a witty manner seems far out of Allen's reach. The third part is Moretti's quest for a cure for his skin disease, taking him from doctor to homeopath to dermatologist and back. This seamed the lesser of the three parts, yet still very entertaining and funny tough somehow an anti-climatic ending to a great movie. And a great movie it is, certainly considering the director's favourite flic is 'Flashdance'.


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