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Gianni Amelio (written by)
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2 October 1998 (Italy) See more »
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Turin at the end of the fifties: two brothers have emigrated there from Sicily and the older works very... See more » | Add synopsis »
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8 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Venice to honour Ettore Scola
 (From ScreenDaily. 19 August 2013, 6:37 AM, PDT)

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A soulful and captivating film See more (18 total) »

Cast

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Enrico Lo Verso ... Giovanni
Francesco Giuffrida ... Pietro

Fabrizio Gifuni ... Pelaia
Calogero Caruana ... Amico di Giovanni
Roberto Marzo ... Amico di Giovanni
Davide Negro ... Amico di Giovanni
Giorgio Pittau ... Amico di Giovanni
Pasqualino Vona ... Amico di Giovanni
Giuseppe Zarbano ... Amico di Giovanni
Giuliano Spadaro ... Padre della famiglia foggiana
Patrizia Marino ... Madre foggiana
Giuseppe Sangari ... Figlio
Francesca Monchiero ... Figlia
Giorgia Scuderi ... Assuntina
Salvatore Refano ... Il vecchio siciliano
Maria Torranova ... La zia
Antonino Trigilia ... Lo zio
Michele Trigilia ... Il cugino
Alessandro Bretti ... Il cugino giovane
Claudio Contartese ... Rosario
Barbara Braga ... La ragazza del bar
Giovanni Leoni ... Il caporale sardo
Luigi Mauro ... L'auto-caporale
Edoardo Ciciriello ... Il bidello napoletano
Aldo Rendina ... Il maestro di ballo
Daniela Rubino ... La ballerina
Anda Cirielli ... La maitresse
Rosaria Danzè ... Lucia
Vittorio Rondella ... L'aiutante di Giovanni
Antonio Madaro ... Il ragazzo leccese
Erika Doria ... Alessandra, una studentessa
Iolanda Donnini ... Signora Verusio
Massimo Greco ... Carmelo, il muratore
Emanuele Aquino ... Il ladro nel tram
Aldo Boarino ... Il derubato
Paolo Sansalone ... Il ragazzo nei bagni pubblici
Irene Vistarini ... La studentessa
Fabrizio Nicastro ... Lo studente
Renato Liprandi ... Il bidello torinese
Domenico Ragusa ... Simone, il carabiniere
Francesco Guzzo ... Il disoccupato nel bar
Antonino Prestipino ... Professore all'esame
Corrado Borsa ... Professore all'esame
Paolo Sena ... Il professor Rosini
Domenico Mungo ... Il direttore della cooperativa
Valerio Contartese ... Il disoccupato calabrese
Marco Testa ... Il cantante nella festa
Mirella Ferrera ... La fidanzata
Dario Dogliani ... Il fidanzato
Giuseppe D'Angelo ... L'aiutante di Giovanni
Giannicola Resta ... Il ragazzo ucciso
Simonetta Benozzo ... Ada
Pietro Paglietti ... Battista, il padre
Rossana Rovere ... La madre
Nanni Tormen ... Il cognato
Ileana Spalla ... La cognata
Gianluigi Marcone ... Il nipote
Luisella Tamietto ... Sorella di Ada
Tiziana Catalano ... Sorella di Ada
Clara Droetto ... La zia

Directed by
Gianni Amelio 
 
Writing credits
Gianni Amelio (written by)

Produced by
Vittorio Cecchi Gori .... producer
Mario Cotone .... executive producer
Rita Rusic .... producer (as Rita Cecchi Gori)
 
Original Music by
Franco Piersanti 
 
Cinematography by
Luca Bigazzi 
 
Film Editing by
Simona Paggi 
 
Casting by
Lorella Chiapatti 
Nicola Conticello 
 
Production Design by
Giancarlo Basili 
 
Set Decoration by
Nello Giorgetti 
 
Costume Design by
Gianna Gissi 
 
Makeup Department
Alberto Blasi .... key makeup artist
Ferdinando Merolla .... key hair stylist
Giulio Pezza .... makeup artist
Maria Gerolama Sale .... hair stylist
Francesca Latella .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Stefano Benappi .... assistant production manager
Diego Gazzano .... assistant unit manager
Silvia Ranfagni .... assistant unit manager
Fulvio Rossi .... production manager
Lierka Rusic .... production supervisor
Olivia Sleiter .... production manager
Ladis Zanini .... production coordinator: Turin
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lidia Biondi .... assistant director
Elisabetta Boni .... assistant director
Lorella Chiapatti .... second assistant director
Enzo Di Terlizzi .... assistant director
Gianluca Greco .... assistant director
Luigi Palmulli .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Francesca Bocca .... assistant set decorator
Valentina Ferroni .... assistant production designer
Diego Maria Giorgetti .... assistant set decorator (as Diego Giorgetti)
Tecla Livi .... assistant production designer
Luciano Magagnini .... props
Stefano Olivieri .... props
 
Sound Department
Angelo Amatulli .... boom operator
Benni Atria .... sound editor
Alberto Doni .... sound mixer
Alessandro Zanon .... sound
Francesco Perri .... assistant sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Luca Ricci .... special effects
Paolo Ricci .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alessandro Abate .... camera operator: second camera
Leonardo Balestrini .... generator operator
Eraldo Barbona .... key grip
Roberto Barbona .... grip
Salvatore Bognanni .... second assistant camera
Stefano Falivene .... first assistant camera
Francesco Galli .... electrician
Claudio Iannone .... still photographer
Patrizio Marra .... grip
Adolfo Onorati .... generator operator
Roberto Rinalduzzi .... assistant camera
Alessandro Saulini .... gaffer
Massimo Spina .... grip
Massimiliano Sticchi .... electrician
Giorgio Vecchi .... crane operator
 
Casting Department
Nicola Conticello .... casting: Catania
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Simonetta Antonucci .... assistant costume designer
Angela Anzimani .... seamstress
Alma Barbieri .... seamstress
Cristina Da Rold .... assistant costume designer
Sergio Forcina .... sewer
Giuseppina Mizioli .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Patrizia Ceresani .... assistant editor
Maddalena Colombo .... assistant editor
Pasquale Cuzzupoli .... color timer
 
Music Department
Franco Finetti .... music recordist
Goffredo Gibellini .... score mix engineer
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator
Franco Piersanti .... conductor
Franco Piersanti .... orchestrator
Donato Salone .... music assistant
Federico Savina .... consultant: dolby
 
Transportation Department
Claudio Lamoratta .... driver
Balilla Santoro .... driver
Giovanni Scuro .... driver (as Gianni Scuro)
 
Other crew
Stefano Benappi .... production secretary
Enrico Cavallaro .... assistant administrator
Giuseppe Ceci .... caterer
Franco Fantini .... chief administrator
Maria Vittoria Filipponi .... assistant administrator
Alessandro Fiorito .... payroll clerk
Marina Grappelli .... administrator
Gianluca Lazzaroni .... production secretary
Attilio Pettirossi .... caterer
Emanuela Riganelli .... production secretary
Giulia Saccucci .... administrator
Fernanda Selvaggi .... production secretary
Enrico Sollazzo .... assistant production secretary
Melissa Strizzi .... continuity
 
Thanks
Luan Amelio .... thanks (as Luan Ujkaj)
Daniele Gaglianone .... the director wishes to thank
Lillo Iacolino .... the director wishes to thank
Laura Pariani .... the director wishes to thank
Alberto Taraglio .... the director wishes to thank
 
Crew believed to be complete


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124 min
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The title refers to the back page of a popular 1950s Italian magazine which had a section devoted to old jokes that were no longer funny but still evoked a sense of nostalgia. One such joke is repeated throughout the film: "How do you get four elephants in a Fiat?" The answer: "Two in front and two in back".See more »
Quotes:
Giovanni:You think your children are your own, then they learn to walk and they leave you. Know what they say back home? "Raise hogs, 'cause then you can eat them"See more »
Movie Connections:
References Rocco and His Brothers (1960)See more »
Soundtrack:
Blame It on the Bossa NovaSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A soulful and captivating film, 2 February 2004
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Just released on DVD, Gianni Amelio's 1998 film The Way We Laughed is a heartfelt chronicle of the fortunes of two brothers over a six-year period in postwar Italy that parallels the growth of the country from an agricultural to an urbanized, industrial society. Winner of the Grand Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival, the film derives its title from its constant reference to old-fashioned jokes on the back page of an Italian magazine from the fifties. Though I do not feel it is quite on the same level as Amelio's earlier work (L'America, Stolen Children), The Way We Laughed is a soulful and captivating film that evokes a world little remembered except in the great Italian neo-realism films from the 40s and 50s. But the film is far from being a historical or political drama. As Sokurov explored the complex relationships between mothers and fathers and their sons in his Russian films, Amelio investigates the bond between brothers and the issues that result from self-sacrifice in a close-knit Italian family.

The film is separated into six parts labeled "Arrivals," "Deceptions," "Money," "Letters," "Blood" and "Families", each taking place on one day during the period from 1958 to 1964. While this technique allows us to understand the events taking place in Italy during this period, the sudden changes in the lives of the characters is difficult to follow and we are left having to put the pieces of the puzzle together on our own. As the film opens, Giovanni (Enrico Lo Verso), a poor illiterate worker arrives from Sicily to visit his teenage brother Pietro (Francesco Giuffrida) in the industrial north of Italy who is studying to become a teacher. Determined that his brother Pietro will get a good education, he decides to remain in Turin to support him.

It is clear from the outset that all is not well with Pietro. He hides behind a pillar at the train station rather than meeting his brother, then goes out of way to help a Sicilan family who are lost until he finally gives up in disgust. He is very handsome but there is a haunted look in his eyes and it is never clear what his secrets are. Giovanni, magnificently portrayed by Lo Verso, is quite different. He is a giving person -- open and warm hearted. He sacrifices for Pietro, working low paying menial jobs but the younger brother seems unmotivated and does not take studying very seriously. Their love is not at issue, but each has an idealized picture of the other and they never fully come to grips with each other's reality.

As the years go by, Giovanni begins to move up the economic ladder and becomes a low-level Supervisor, then the boss of a cooperative. Pietro meanwhile has gone to a private teacher and has received his degree. The brothers remain close but when Pietro witnesses Giovanni getting into a fight with a presumed underworld figure, the consequences that result from self-sacrifice and the betrayal of morality are explored in a powerful conclusion. Like Giovanni's rise to a position of power through suggested shady dealings, The Way We Laughed seems to be saying that as modern Western societies have become rich, they have arrogantly forgotten the values it took them to get there.

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