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The Council of Egypt (2002)

Il consiglio d'Egitto (original title)
| Drama | 2002 (Italy)
In 1782, following a sea-storm, the Moroccan ambassador's ship is shipwrecked against the coasts of Sicily. As the diplomat does not speak a word of Italian, Fra Giuseppe Vela, a Maltese ... See full summary »

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Don Giuseppe Vella
Tommaso Ragno ...
Francesco Paolo Di Blasi
Renato Carpentieri ...
Monsignor Airoldi
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Countess of Regalpetra
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Yann Collette ...
Judge Grassellini
Antonio Catania ...
Saverio Zarbo
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Padre Salvatore
Enzo Vetrano ...
Meli
Guido Cerniglia ...
Marchese di Geraci
Ubaldo Lo Presti ...
Principe di Trabia
Aurora Quattrocchi
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Manfredi Aliquo ...
Duca di Caccamo
Salvatore Buttà ...
Ambasciatore
Claudio De Davide ...
Giudice Artale
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In 1782, following a sea-storm, the Moroccan ambassador's ship is shipwrecked against the coasts of Sicily. As the diplomat does not speak a word of Italian, Fra Giuseppe Vela, a Maltese brother, is requested to watch over him and to serve as an interpreter for him. To tell the truth the monk knows only a few words of Arabic, which does not trouble him in the least. Quite the contrary actually: the sly-boots is determined to make the most of the situation... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Az egyiptomi tanács  »

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sober, slow and old-fashioned
28 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

Eleven years after "Una storia semplice" Emidio Greco directs another filmization of a book by Leonardo Sciascia. In the life Don Giuseppe Vella, translator-forger of an old Arabic document that could mark the end of privileges of the sicilian aristocracy, Sciascia wanted to outline the figure of an opportunist with a personal moral code that pushed him to accelerate the dissolution of a regime of abuse and conservation of the statu quo the wind of change coming from pre-revolutionary France had started already. Emidio Greco maintains faithful to the spirit and the letter of the book and he releases a precise and formally sober film, without useless directorial frills, slowly paced and inspired from an untrendy idea of cinema. It could be tedious for somebody, and a little bit old-fashioned, but for patient viewers the 138 minutes of the film are a careful description of a world in decline which is easy to recall more contemporary issues. Silvio Orlando, one of the best Italian actors of its generation, delivers a good performance as well as Tommaso Ragno in the role of Francesco Paolo Di Blasi. The soundtrack by veteran composer Luis Bacalov also deserves to be praised.


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