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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 near-masterpiece, highly recommended. 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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Trivia:
Despite winning the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, Gianni Amelio still had to wait over three years before he saw his film released in the US.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 »
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References Rocco and His Brothers (1960)See more »
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Cucara cha cha chaSee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A near-masterpiece, highly recommended., 13 March 2005
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

Watched on Italian DVD (using the standard-Italian subtitles for the hearing-impaired to decode the Sicilian dialect) for the first time March 2005. Winner of the top prize "Leone d'Oro" at Venice. Actually available as of 2004 on a US code DVD.

The title, referring to an old joke column, is ironic. The film's review of Italian post-war economic miracle years is deeply tinged with sadness and a sense of the price paid in innocence lost to gain security and status. The whole focus is on the love between two Sicilian brothers, Giovanni and Pietro. The angel-faced Pietro (Francesco Giuffrida) from the first appears devious. When his brother arrives at the station, he slinks off and hides from him. He's lazy, a dandy, a liar, a faker, a bad seed. Yet he's worshiped by the innocent, muscular, illiterate Giovanni (Enrico Lo Verso), who has turned up with other southern immigrants at the Turin railway station intending just to visit his baby brother as the film opens and then stays on in the North to support him.

The mise-en-scène is visually beautiful but conventionalizes the period into a kind of grimy poetry more worthy of twenty or thirty years earlier, no doubt consciously echoing Italian neorealist films (Amelio has been called the new De Sica) or becoming a glossier color version of Visconti's mournful epic tragedy of southern Italians in Milan, "Rocco and His Brothers" (1960). My DVD's Italian jacket copy translates a paragraph from Stephen Holden's 2001 NYTimes review expanding one of its key ideas: "'Così rideveno'has the power to keep its own secrets," this Italian version reads. "Without ever being moralistic, by the end it becomes the metaphor for a whole society that makes a kind of tacit pact with itself never to look too deeply into the hidden effects social processes have on individuals and their destinies." The interest -- and yet the frustration -- of the film is that its sequences each appear revelatory, but shed little light on the intervening periods of time. It is organized in a "rather elegant" manner (Rosenbaum) into a structure of microscopic views of single days out of each year from 1959 through 1964, each day designated by a key word: "arrivals," "deceptions," "money", "letters, "blood," and "families." This neat structure masks a surrounding mystery in the relationship between the two brothers, and we deduce for ourselves from the way they seek out and avoid each other how alike and interdependent they are. Each cherishes illusions about the other; one is proud, the other ashamed. Vivid and touching as the film is, it's also highly artificial, notably in how little of the two characters' lives is made clear, how little the world outside their relationship is explored.

Metaphorical indeed, "Così ridevano" explores an inseparable (and ultimately false) dichotomy between innocence and experience, naiveté and sophistication that may go to the heart not only of North-South relations but of the Italian soul. Both actors, Amelio regular Lo Verso and newcomer Giuffreda, are remarkable, and the scenes between them are heartbreaking.

So far the only other Amelio film I've seen is "The Housekeys" ("Le chiavi di casa," 2004), which being a documentary-like chronicle of a short stretch of contemporary time, seems so different, and yet on reflection is so similar in feeling. Obviously Amelio is an extraordinary director and I must see "Lamarica" and "Stolen Children" ("Il ladro di bambini"), both also starring the intense, soulful Lo Verso, which have received the highest praise of any of Amelio's films.

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