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Time Stood Still (1959)

Il tempo si è fermato (original title)
| Drama | 1963 (UK)
Two middle-aged men work as caretakers on an isolated dam construction site high in the snow-capped Italian Alps. When one of them leaves for the valley to spend Christmas vacation with his... See full summary »

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Ermanno Olmi

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Ermanno Olmi
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Cast overview:
Natale Rossi Natale Rossi ... Natale
Roberto Seveso Roberto Seveso ... Roberto Seveso
Paolo Quadrubbi Paolo Quadrubbi ... Salvetti
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Two middle-aged men work as caretakers on an isolated dam construction site high in the snow-capped Italian Alps. When one of them leaves for the valley to spend Christmas vacation with his family he is temporarily replaced with an adolescent boy. The other man is both annoyed and intrigued by the boy and his habits: he listens to loud music, sleeps too long in the mornings and doesn't drink any alcohol. They barely speak to one another in the first couple of days. But when an avalanche cuts their small hut from electricity they slowly start growing more fond of each other. Written by Aljaz Ciber, Slovenia

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Mystical humanity.
6 January 2002 | by ItalianGerrySee all my reviews

IL TEMPO SI E' FERMATO (TIME STOOD STILL) is a sensitive little story and Olmi's first feature film. It is set in a mountain hydroelectric station in wintertime. A young man assigned to work there gets to know and appreciate the older caretaker whose ways are so different from his own. The film is very visual and has hardly any dialog. It achieves, as do so many of Ermanno Olmi's later films like IL POSTO, THE FIANCES, THE TREE OF WOODEN CLOGS, and CAMMINA CAMMINA a sense of "mystical humanity", whereby mundane events reverberate with a kind of luminous dignity.


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Italian

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1963 (UK) See more »

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22 Dicembre, Edisonvolta See more »
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2.35 : 1
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