The movie is based on a true story. On 16 March 1978 Aldo Moro, the former Italian Prime Minister was kidnapped in Via Fani by the Brigate Rosse (Red Brigades), a militant Communist Italian group. He was the main supporter of the Compromesso Storico (Hystorical Compromise), which had to lead to the first Italian government supported by both the Christian Democrats and the Communists, in a period of social, economic and political crises. During the attack his five escort agents were all killed. Moro's corpse was found on 9 May 1978 in a car parked in a street between the headquarters of the Christian Democrat Party and the Communist Party. This movie is inspired by this tragic event which traumatize the whole nation. It focuses mainly on the relationship between the prisoner and his guards through the eyes of Chiara, the young woman whose role is to guard the prisoner. The movie portraits Chiara's life (her job as a librarian, the ordinary household) on one side and the political ... Written by
Near the end, when Aldo Moro walks away in the deserted street, you can see a multicolored Peace flag in the background. Those flags would decorate Italian streets only in 2003, to oppose the invasion of Iraq. See more »
Momento Musicale in Fa Minore, Op 94 No.3
From "Moments Musicaux per pianoforte D780"
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Orchestra d'archi S. Gabriele della Radio Vaticana
Conducted by Alberico Vitalini
Orchestrated by Alberico Vitalini
Ares Records, 1980 See more »
While I was aware of the 1978 kidnapping and execution of "Democrazia Cristiana" President Aldo Moro by the terrorist group "Brigate Rosse", I was clearly not knowledgeable of the exact details since I was a mere toddler when the event that shook the nation took place; in retrospect, it is not that the vicissitudes behind the case are made all that clear in the film but, at least, here the obligatory didacticism is balanced by a surprising yet genuinely moving humanism. It was perhaps inevitable, then, that controversial director Bellocchio would tackle the subject despite its having already been rendered cinematically in THE MORO AFFAIR (1986), in which the former Italian Prime Minister was played by the great Gian Maria Volonte' since his work had always been politically-oriented to some degree. What I did not anticipate was the fact that Bellocchio would present the story from the ambivalent eyes of one of the radicals themselves, superbly played by lovely Maya Sansa, and even less so the touches of outright fantasy (equating, in its depiction of Moro's flight from captivity, wishful thinking!) he inserted intermittently within the compelling and generally intense narrative. Incidentally, newsreel and other assorted TV footage dating from the era are similarly juxtaposed; however, as I said earlier, all of this does not really enlighten one on the matter: especially baffling is the lack of an objective, i.e. opposing view, of the politics involved (for instance, there seems to be no ongoing police investigation and the suggestion that Moro's peers simply chose to forget about him is rather disturbing). By the way, the obscure title refers to a screenplay Moro happens to be carrying with him at the time of the abduction: ironically, it turns out to have been written by an infatuated colleague from the heroine's conservative work-place, a public library but, then, this emerges as just another flight of fancy on the director's part since it tells of a comparable act of terrorism, albeit blessed with a happy ending for its victim! Of particular interest here is the accompanying soundtrack, deftly mixing operatic arias with no less grandiose Pink Floyd classics such as "The Great Gig In The Sky" and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part One)".
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