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The Best of Youth -- As Italy explodes in an era of social unrest, a single ill-fated incident sends the lives of equally idealistic brothers, Nicola and Matteo, careening in opposite directions.

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Writers:
Sandro Petraglia (writer)
Stefano Rulli (writer)
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Release Date:
22 June 2003 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
An Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
27 wins & 17 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
It is a miracle: perfect screenplay, excellent actors! See more (89 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Luigi Lo Cascio ... Nicola Carati

Alessio Boni ... Matteo Carati

Sonia Bergamasco ... Giulia Monfalco

Maya Sansa ... Mirella Utano

Fabrizio Gifuni ... Carlo Tommasi

Jasmine Trinca ... Giorgia Esposti

Riccardo Scamarcio ... Andrea Utano
Andrea Tidona ... Angelo Carati

Valentina Carnelutti ... Francesca Carati
Camilla Filippi ... Sara Carati

Lidia Vitale ... Giovanna Carati
Claudio Gioè ... Vitale Micavi
Paolo Bonanni ... Luigino
Giovanni Scifoni ... Berto
Stefano Abbati ... Spacciatore
Roberto Accornero ... Giudice
Fabio Camilli ... Detenuto
Nila Carnelutti ... Francesca Carati a 8 anni
Greta Cavuoti ... Sara Carati a 8 anni
Domenico Centamore ... Angente Enzo
Gaspare Cucinella ... Viddanù
Walter Da Pozzo ... Mario
Krum De Nicola ... Brigo
Paolo De Vita ... Don Vito
Francesco La Macchia ... Andrea Utano a 6 anni
Maurizio Di Carmine ... Terrorista
Giovanni Martorana ... Magrebino
Mimmo Mignemi ... Saro
Michele Melega ... Professore di lettere
Pippo Montalbano ... Commissario
Sara Pavoncello ... Sara Carati a 5 anni
Marcello Prayer ... Sottotenente
Antonello Puglisi ... Sacerdote
Patrizia Punzo ... Gallerista
Nicola Vigilante ... Infermiere
Dario Veca ... Macellaio
Mario Schiano ... Professore di medicina
Thérèse Vaddem ... Thérèse

Giuseppe Battiston ... Celebrante
Emilia Marra ... Dottoressa
Valeria Colangelo ... Elena
Laura Di Mariano ... Paola
Massimiliano Petrucci ... Fabio
Claudia Fiorentini ... Cati
Giorgio Crisafi ... Dottore
Paolo Emilio Alvarez de Castro ... Uomo in Jaguar
Rosa Canova ... Moglie di Saro
Aldo Mansi ... Barista di Ravenna
Ferdinando Martin ... Barista alla stazione
Angelo Giuliano ... Poliziotto alla stazione
Enzo Marcelli ... Sentinella
Aldo Innocenti ... Soldato
Stefano Biscotti ... Soldato
Sjur Midttun ... Viaggiatore
Rasmus Bu ... Viaggiatore
Mohammed Essaje ... Viaggiatore
Cinzia Cartei ... Viaggiatrice
Sergio Risso ... Maggiordomo
Assia Pallavicino ... Sorella Riccobaldi
Lavinia Matteucci ... Sorella Riccobaldi
Danilo Maria Valli ... Marino
Fabio Roscillo ... Felice
Alberto Pozzo ... Rosario
Maddalena Recino ... Anita
Massimo Del Sette ... Manilo
Letterio Micalizzi ... Giovanbattista
Roberto Faglia ... Fulgenzio
Giovanni Tormen ... Paziente
Zefferino Stefanic ... Avvocato d'accusa
Giusto Lo Piparo ... Avvocato della difesa
Marcella Mariotti ... Assistente del giudice
Manuela Massarenti ... Direttrice dell'ospedale psichiatrico
Alessandro Trotta ... Poliziotto di Palermo
Angelica Zanardi ... Cugina
Juana Jiménez ... Lolita
Giuseppe Gandini ... Amministratore locale
Maria Grazia Bon ... Portiera
Mattia Osti ... Poliziotto
Raffaele D'Orsi ... Poliziotto
Giuseppe Mascia ... Studente
Fabio Rossi ... Orlando
Leonardo Antiri ... Orlando da ragazzo
Alessio Brilli ... Ludovico
Giovanni Giordana ... Michele Tommasi
Fausto Maria Sciarappa ... Dottore
Kristine M. Opheim ... Ermione
Angelo Costabile ... Poliziotto alla stazione
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adriana Asti ... Adriana Carati
Matthew McGrain ... Lily-Livered Fanny
Emilio Fede ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Fabrizio Giannini ... (uncredited)
Loredana Mazzella ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Marco Tullio Giordana 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sandro Petraglia  writer
Stefano Rulli  writer

Produced by
Angelo Barbagallo .... producer
Gianfranco Barbagallo .... line producer
Donatella Botti .... producer
Alessandro Calosci .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Roberto Forza 
 
Film Editing by
Roberto Missiroli 
 
Casting by
Barbara Melega (casting by)
 
Production Design by
Franco Ceraolo 
 
Art Direction by
Jörg Baumgarten 
Tony Reading (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Penny Crawford 
Paola Riviello 
 
Costume Design by
Elisabetta Montaldo 
 
Makeup Department
Alessandra Alessandroni .... assistant hair stylist
Sara Del Zoppo .... assistant makeup artist
Enrico Iacoponi .... makeup artist
Francesca Latella .... assistant hair stylist
Samankta Mura .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Gianfranco Barbagallo .... production supervisor
Alessio Jim Della Valle .... assistant unit manager
Marco Olivieri .... unit production manager
Ezio Orita .... production manager
Massimiliano Pisechi .... unit manager
Chrystelle Robin .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Federico Ferrario .... second assistant director
Barbara Melega .... first assistant director
Federico Nuti .... assistant director: Florence
Federico Olivetti .... assistant director
Otello Ottavi .... third assistant director
Sara Patti .... assistant director: Turin
 
Art Department
Cristiana Amendola .... assistant art director
Sabrina Coppolecchia .... assistant art director
Roberto De Angelis .... first assistant production designer
Luisa Iemma .... assistant art director
Glauco Isidori .... painter
Erminio Lauri .... digital artist
Chrystelle Robin .... production coordinator
Matteo Sani .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Jacopo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Luca Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Massimo Anzellotti .... foley artist
Marta Billingsley .... sound editor
Fulgenzio Ceccon .... sound
Paolo Segat .... sound re-recording mixer
Decio Trani .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Pasquale Catalano .... special effects
Massimo Ciaraglia .... special effects technician
Fabio Traversari .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Alessandro Pelliccia .... colorist
 
Stunts
Paolo Antonini .... stunts
Massimiliano Bianchi .... stunt rigger
Jacqueline Freda .... stunts
Riccardo Mioni .... stunts
Stefano Maria Mioni .... stunt coordinator
Alessandro Novelli .... stunts
Emiliano Novelli .... stunts
Franco Maria Salamon .... stunt supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gianni Aldi .... Steadicam operator
Federico Angelucci .... first assistant camera
Piero Bosi .... key grip
Vincenzo Carpineta .... camera operator
Claudio D'Achille .... grip
Fabio D'Achille .... grip
Fabio De Meis .... electrician
Claudio Gallicchio .... electrician
Alberto Grassi .... generator operator
Giuseppe Ieva .... grip
Daniele Massaccesi .... steadicam operator
Matteo Ortolani .... second assistant camera
Roberto Ridolfi .... gaffer
Alberto Rogante .... electrician
Luciano Teolis .... assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Luigi Palmulli .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alessandra Carta .... assistant costumes
Pamela Fontinovo .... second assistant costumes
Silvana Mancini .... seamstress
Nadia Salvatore .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Paolo Petrucci .... assistant editor
Ivan Tozzi .... on-line editor
 
Other crew
Tatiana Basili .... assistant extras coordinator
Stefano Benappi .... location manager
Adriano Ceccolini .... production assistant
Bruno Di Bartolomei .... production accountant
Cinzia Liberati .... script supervisor
Alessandro Luzi .... cashier
Alfredo Miserocchi .... production assistant
Simone Rosso .... production assistant: Torino
 
Thanks
Elena Zingali .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La meglio gioventù" - Italy (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and brief nudity (part 2)
Runtime:
383 min | Canada:366 min (Montréal World Film Festival) | France:358 min (Cannes Film Festival) | USA:366 min (theatrical version) | Argentina:180 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Hong Kong:IIA | Ireland:15 | Italy:T | Singapore:NC-16 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | USA:R (part 1) | USA:R (part 2)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Originally developed as a miniseries for television. It was then released in cinemas in June 2003 as two three-hour films after the uncut six-hour version had been screened to great acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival. Because of the films's success, it was eventually shown on Italian TV as originally intended, in 4 parts, in November 2003.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Midnight sun does not take place in November (1966 - beginning of the film) nor during spring (2003 - end of the film), but is visible at the Arctic Circle only from June 12 until July 1.See more »
Quotes:
Sicilian Commissario:What were you looking for, joining the Police?
Matteo Carati:I wanted some rules.
Sicilian Commissario:And what do you do, with these rules?
Matteo Carati:I apply them
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Movie Connections:
References Stromboli (1950)See more »
Soundtrack:
OblivionSee more »

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35 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
It is a miracle: perfect screenplay, excellent actors!, 2 September 2004
Author: gfinocchiaro (gfinocchiaro@ngweb.it) from Cologne (Germany)

"La Meglio Gioventù" is an hymn to Italy and the Italian people! It is our history and belongs to our culture. The story takes place on a period of 37 years, from 1966 to 2003, highlighting some momentous events of our country, which moulded in a way our spirit: the flooding in Florence in 1966, the terrorist fight in the '70s, the World Championship of 1982 (which led to the victory of the Italian team), the killing of Judge Falcone in 1992, and so on.

The mixture of intelligent screenplay, wise direction and supreme performance of the whole cast of actors makes this work an authentic miracle of our cinema. Thanks to this masterpiece, Marco Tullio Giordana enters the Gotha of Masters of the "Made in Italy" production.

I greatly enjoyed each moment of the film, from the very beginning. It is such a pleasure to our spirit and heart: I am pleased to compare it to a chalice of ambrosia offered to the lips of gods! I think this metaphor can easily convey the effect the vision of the motion picture produced to me. But I do not want to mislead the other readers by giving the idea it is a comedy: the film is quite dramatic and sometimes you can perceive it as a documentary.

The combined effect of intelligence and sensitiveness to the story makes you feel good and proud to belong to the country able to offer such a pearl!

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