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Bride and Groom (1988)

Sposi (original title)
Five stories, five lives which run into one another: a declining TV star, a fragile young girl, a mistress, a macho kinda guy, a cinema usher, fiances... all of them tell each other stories... See full summary »

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Jerry Calà ...
Luca
Delia Boccardo ...
Assunta
Carlo Delle Piane ...
Mario
Elena Sofia Ricci ...
Silvia
Alessandro Haber ...
Robby
Ottavia Piccolo ...
Federica
Nik Novecento ...
Simona Marchini ...
Giovanna
Nicola Pistoia ...
Nicola, l'amico di Luca
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Umberto Bortolani ...
Portiere Grand Hotel
Davide Celli
Saverio Laganà
Luciano Manzalini ...
Giacomo (as Gemelli Ruggeri)
Lorella Morlotti ...
Tatiana
Gianfranco Salemi
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Five stories, five lives which run into one another: a declining TV star, a fragile young girl, a mistress, a macho kinda guy, a cinema usher, fiances... all of them tell each other stories, looking for happiness and true love. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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13 May 1988 (Italy)  »

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Sposi (1987),an interesting exponent of the European Realism
13 April 2007 | by (CGSM,Soseaua Nationala 49) – See all my reviews

Sposi (1987),movie of a pellucid,beneficial and cooling bitterness, expressing resignation,aloofness and amusement,develops some perennial themes,such as the couple relations,the decisions in life,the steps taken,etc.,and is a weaving of several tales:a rich and ugly man (Carlo Delle Piane) and his young,cunning mistress who goads,pushes him to leave rapidly his wife (1);a beautiful and vulgar girl,her fat,dull fiancé,and his belly worm lover ,both men being bald and lubberly (this trio is the provincial pole of the narration) (2);a grown-up, languorous ,sad and disappointed woman,who lives on a yacht with the tippler that is now her husband,and who meets suddenly her bald, dark, big frog ex-husband (3);a failing,lazy TV male star that needs a wife so that he may relaunch his ruined career;and fate brings at his door the down hearted but appealing victim of a rape (so,herself a notorious person),Delia Boccardo,and he plans to use her,to benefit from her miserable notoriety (4);a dawdler who checks tickets in a theater hall ,and is unwilling to marry the nice and a little older woman ,his mate,the cashier of the theater.The woman is forced to plot a strategy to compel him towards marriage.She is skillful,he is a lout,and their story resembles a Decameron highly seasoned episode.

The dawdler will marry the cashier,the rich man (Carlo Delle Piane) will continue his restless relation with the nimble young freakish woman ;the drunkard's wife will try to renew with her ex-husband,who now seems so much better.The rejected fiancée brings coffee,in the morning,at the homosexual couple's bed.Uncertain relations that vacillate,undulate,yet are predictable and banal.Not a word about love.On the contrary.

Sposi (1987) is a narration of realism,and a file of human material.I found it very interesting and here and there amusing.It was written by Pupi Avati,and made by a handful of directors:Pupi Avati,and his brother Antonio Avati,and Bastelli,Farina,Manuzzi.

Pupi Avati is a distanced,objective,impartial observer,and his realism is simultaneously imperious,weightless and immediate.In literature,such a sharp,piercing realism is illustrated by a Kohlhaase.

Excepting the skillful knitting of several narrations,in a coral,Sposi (1987) belongs to the austere European realism,together with Maurice Pialat's À Nos Amours (1983),La Flambeuse (1981),Mario Monicelli's Caro Michele (1976) (except Monicelli's sarcastic fancy).

62 years ago,Bazin wrote that the genuine realism is the necessity of expressing the world's concrete and concomitantly essential signification.


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