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calculo from Belgium
10 February 2003
This movie has been made by different production companies (Sintra, K2,
France 2 Cinéma, CNC, Eurimages) who all wanted to have their crew-member
their own cast. So this movie has no consistent personality.
It is based on the book by François Vitoux (La Comédie de Terracina) which
based it on the book by Henri Beyle, better knwon as Stendhal: "Voyages à
Rome, Naples, Florence 1817-1826". Nae Caranfil was the director and he
the script. The title: "Dolce far niente" suggests that the protagonists
not working and just making love; "Amor, Vino e Revolutione". Stendhal
became later consul at Civittavecchia but this story happened during the
twenties when he came for the first time in Italy and at that time he
articles about music and the arts. The fight against the revolutionaries
gives the movie some action but most of the time it is a romance in a
historical context. So Stendhal (François Cluzet) falls in love with
Josphine (Isabella Ferrari). Everybody is calling Rossini "Maestro" and
countess is just a fan of him. It is not clear if Stendhal should have
encountered Rossini (a wooden Pierfrancesco Favino) but this ads some
historical figure to the weak script.
This movie is just entertainment and is not pretentious but one wonders if
you learn something more about Stendhal or Rossini.
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