Set during the German occupation of Poland during the WWII. A priest in a small village meets "the devil" in the confessional, who appears as a revolutionary on an assignemnt to kill a ... See full summary »
Based on a true story dating back to 1985 when two Polish boys, a teenager and his little brother, escaped from communist Poland all the way to Sweden, hidden under a truck. In the movie, their destination has been changed to Denmark.
CIAO! MANHATTAN parallels Andy Warhol Factory star Edie Sedgwick's glory days in the late 1960s through her inevitable downfall and the tragic addiction that would take her life only weeks after filming wrapped in 1971.
Two families, Sebkovi and Krausovi, are celebrating christmas, but not everyone is in a good mood. Teenage kids think their fathers are totaly stupid, fathers are sure their children are ... See full summary »
The young adolescent girl Jenna is turning into a young woman whilst her mother is dying. It is difficult for her, therefore, to admit that she is afraid of losing her mother. Instead, she ... See full summary »
Mika Berndtsdotter Ahlén,
Documentary Fiction Style. A Small Neo Realism Classic by Antonioni
Antonioni's documentary, his very first work made in 1943 but released only in 1947, "Gente del Po" ("People of the Po Valley") tells about the daily routine of poor fisherman and their families who live and work near the River Po. It's just that basically. The intriguing aspect of the film is that although using of real people in it instead of actors the director preferred to reconstruct events in a fictionalized way, inspired by the current Neo Realism but instead of making a feature film Antonioni explores the acting talents of the local residents of the place. What's real and what's not? Hard to know.
I didn't find it much interesting or so important even though this is the first creation of the future master of classics like "Blow Up" and "L'Eclisse" but I did enjoyed his use of cinematography, very agile and incredibly beautiful for a film made more than 60 years ago, quite powerful even today - the boat going down the river and then later reaching the shore is the most memorable moment just as much the mother taking care of her sick child. Antonioni's talent is fully evident here but just a small step. 7/10
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