Italy, 1956. In the picturesque island of Amatrello, a unique custom keeps the young men of the village busy: when a girl turns eighteen, every boy is invited to bring a gift for her first date. However the gift is not for the girl, but for the father... who will ultimately determine which boy takes her on her first rendez-vous! Eighteen-year-old fisherman's son Marcello doesn't care about this tradition until he sets eyes on the enchanting Elena, the daughter of the Mayor, who has returned to the island and - according to the tradition - has come of age. As time runs out and competition rises, Marcello comes up with the perfect gift for the Mayor. But getting that gift isn't easy... Soon, he is forced to barter with the entire village, as everyone seems to want something from someone else... Marcello's frantic quest ensues, evolving into a process of reconciliation among the village's inhabitants. Written by
Professor Pizzuti (Roberto Bestazzoni) was named after Italian stuntman Riccardo Pizzuti, a legendary figure in the Italian film business for being a long-time supporting player in the Terence Hill & Bud Spencer films. See more »
Music and Lyrics by Louis Crelier
soprano solo by Hiroko Kawamichi
Courtesy of Crelier Music Publishing (Suisa) See more »
Take a mental vacation to this cinematic seaside village
The scenery alone makes this a film worth watching! Set in 1956 in a tiny Italian village along the sparkling sea, Marcello Marcello is a darling film with loads of charm and humor. It's all about love and hate. The young actor who plays Marcello draws you into his world and its heart-warming dilemma very easily, and he is very, very, very handsome. But, what makes the film more lively and delightful are the bumbling, sometimes mysterious, and sometimes devious cast of characters who bring this sleepy town to life. Pay close attention to the incredible lighting in this film as it is truly amazing and will transport you to a breath-taking holiday in your mind.
This film is perfect for the art house crowd who love a charming escape to the movies and it should definitely get U.S. distribution. If you liked Mediterraneo, Enchanted April, Like Water for Chocolate, and Les Choristes, this smaller film is for you.
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