Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is trapped into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, who happens to be the wife of his father's business partner and then finds himself falling in love with her daughter, Elaine.
Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet, is exiled to a small island for political reasons. On the island, the unemployed son of a poor fisherman is hired as an extra postman due to the huge increase in mail that this causes. Il Postino is to hand-deliver the celebrity's mail to him. Though poorly educated, the postman learns to love poetry and eventually befriends Neruda. Struggling to grow and express himself more fully, he suddenly falls in love and needs Neruda's help and guidance more than ever. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Directed by Michael Radford, this is a documentary worth the time. It is dubbed from the Italian in a flowing manner. One is nearly unaware of reading the dialogue after a short while. It was written by Radford along with Anna Panignano in a very dramatic way. The postman is assigned his menial job. He delivers mail to a very prominent poet. The poet imparts life and beauty to this simple but self educated delivery man. The scenes of coastal Italy are spectacular. The love story is compelling. One can only empathize with the postal delivery man who yearns to understand the poetry of this world prominent figure. There is excellent dialogue. There are great pieces of stage business. On DVD it still imparts a sense of compassion for the ideology of the author. The political ties to South America are powerful. It remains a worthwhile cinematic experience.
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