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I sat down to watch this film with great anticipation as I like Chris Rea, a nut for classic racing cars and also for everything Italian. Well, I was disappointed. This film is very slow and the story tends to meander and at times goes off at tangents. Apparently the story is semi-biographical of Chris Rea and I can understand why he would want to make it. The story centres on a young boy who has inherited his Italian father's passion for Motor Racing and in particular the Ferrari team.>SPOILER> The story culminates on the death of a racing hero,Wolfgang von Trips,(a real event)and the effect it has on the young boy. La Passione may appeal to die hard racing fans but being one,I wouldn't choose to sit through it again. There is a special feature on the video about the making of the film which is very interesting and goes into detail of how Chris Rea commissioned a replica to be built of the Ferrari "shark nose" car that was used for filming.(none of the original cars remain). I have given a vote of 5 but only for the racing footage and for the special feature.
I loved this movie. OK I'm English, a classic car nut and I love Chris
Rea's music anyway but I found this movie really resonated with me. I
especially loved the vintage movie sequences featuring old racing
Ferraris and the late 50's 'jet set' in their natural habitat. If you
are of a certain age and European, I dare you to see this movie and not
be moved by nostalgia for 'simpler times'.
This movie was obviously a personal labour of love for Chris Rea. It unashamedly has the feel of an art-house project rather than the boringly formulaic over-productions that the Hollywood megastudios excrete. I understand others who have had little exposure to anything else might misinterpret La Passione's difference in production values as a shortcoming, however I think they only serve to make the movie feel more personal and unique, which is all the better for it.
Shirley Bassey was a fantastic choice for her role in this movie. She looks and sounds as amazing as ever. She is evidently getting even better with age as only the truly great musicians and artists do.
My only disappointment is that this movie appears still to have never been released on DVD or Blu-Ray. I would love the opportunity to buy and watch La Passione again without the significant image and sound quality loss inherent with VHS.
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