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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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Country:

Italy

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Italian

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1963 (UK) See more »

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Time Stood Still See more »

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22 Dicembre,Edisonvolta See more »
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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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A little known masterpiece, and Olmi's first feature...
4 April 2001 | by djh27See all my reviews

A little known masterpiece and Olmi's first feature, the film takes place in the snowy mountains of northern Italy, where a tough old-timer of a guard and a fresh-faced young student keep watch over the construction site of a partially built dam during the winter. Forced to live at close quarters in a tiny workers' shed and cut off from the world below with little to do, the ill-matched couple are at first taciturn and mutually suspicious. When a sudden snow storm cuts their power supply and threatens to demolish their rickety wooden hut, they find themselves thrown together in a fight for survival. Shot in wide-screen black and white, with hilarious visual gags and spare but amusing dialogue, the film develops into a moving testament to the common humanity bridging the generations.


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