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A short film in which Isabella Rossellini discusses the life and work of her father: Roberto Rossellini. | Add synopsis »
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Isabella Rossellini ... Isabella Rossellini / Alfred Hitchcock / David O. Selznick / Federico Fellini / Charlie Chaplin / Ingrid Bergman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Isaac Paz Sr. ... The belly of Roberto Rossellini

Anna Magnani ... Pina (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Guy Maddin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Isabella Rossellini 

Produced by
Michael Burns .... executive producer
Niv Fichman .... executive producer
Phyllis Laing .... executive producer
Jody Shapiro .... producer
Original Music by
Christopher Dedrick 
Cinematography by
Len Peterson 
Film Editing by
John Gurdebeke 
Production Design by
Réjean Labrie 
Art Direction by
Larry Spittle 
Costume Design by
Meg McMillan 
Makeup Department
Doug Morrow .... makeup department head
Production Management
Anastasia Geras .... production manager
Art Department
Katharina Stieffenhofer .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Russ Dyck .... sound
Ronayne Higginson .... sound
Kirk Lynds .... sound re-recording mixer
David McCallum .... sound
David Rose .... sound
Lou Solakofski .... sound
Bob Stewart .... audio playback operator
Jane Tattersall .... sound
Special Effects by
Ricardo Alms .... special effects coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
François Balcaen .... key grip
Jason Heke .... assistant camera
Daniel Quesnel .... first assistant camera
Tommaso Rossellini .... backstage photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Louis Casado .... film timer
Jim Fleming .... film colorist
Matthew Hannam .... additional editor
Other crew
Cynthia Amsden .... publicist
Sarah Jane Cundell .... location manager
Joy Ellison .... dialect coach
Tommaso Rossellini .... assistant: Isabella Rossellini

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USA:16 min | Canada:16 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Despite the fact that they bear a strong physical resemblance to one another, this is the first time that Isabella Rossellini has ever played her mother Ingrid Bergman on film or television.See more »
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Really pretentious and poorly judged film, 31 May 2008
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

To the images of Guy Maddin, Isabella Rossellini plays multiple characters to reflect on the work of her father, filmmaker Roberto Rossellini. Now let me just say that I have no issue with the subject of Roberto Rossellini and indeed at times even this look at it delivered glimmers that made me want to find out more, problem is that they were only glimmers. What the rest of the film does is labour heavily in pretension, bad acting, bad scripts and nothing in the way of image or substance to make it worth seeing.

The narrative is essentially a couple of dialogue scenes that discuss the man, the film industry and his films but all these dialogue scenes are held with Rossellini in all of the different roles (apart from the physical role of her father's belly). Saying it like this makes it sound like it might be OK but trust me that it is not. Most of the dialogue is terrible and it is not helped by the fact that for the majority of her performances Rossellini is terrible – really terrible. Ironically the only parts of it that works are those that are essentially Isabella delivering to-camera like she is being interviewed; why she didn't just do a film where she did talk to camera about her father and intersperse it with other comments and clips of relevance I'm not sure.

Perhaps she wanted something more creative in honour of her father and perhaps this is why her friend Maddin directed. Now unlike many I do mostly like the work of Guy Maddin –weird it may be but it is wonderful at the same time. Here though he seems to do nothing anywhere close to the creativity of his other films that I have seen – in fact if I hadn't seen his name on the credits then I would never have guessed it was one of his. Given how weird his films tend to be perhaps it was Isabella's crass and obvious dialogue scenes that sucked the creativity energy out of him – how can one be imaginative when your actor is saying such obvious drivel? Clearly this is a very personal film to Isabella Rossellini and I can only hope that she can look at it with pride that it does for her everything that she wanted. However for me all I got was the impression of a film made too heavily by a writer too close to the subject and a director seemingly happy to let her have her way. Poor and very disappointing for anyone expecting this to be a "Guy Maddin film" because it really is not.

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