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Before the Revolution (1964)

Prima della rivoluzione (original title)
Following the death of his friend, an Italian youth grows increasingly closer to his young aunt.

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Bernardo Bertolucci (story and screenplay), Gianni Amico (screenplay collaborator)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adriana Asti ... Gina
Francesco Barilli Francesco Barilli ... Fabrizio
Allen Midgette ... Agostino
Morando Morandini Morando Morandini ... Cesare
Cristina Pariset Cristina Pariset ... Clelia
Cecrope Barilli Cecrope Barilli ... Puck
Evelina Alpi Evelina Alpi ... The little girl
Gianni Amico Gianni Amico ... A friend
Goliardo Padova Goliardo Padova ... The painter
Guido Fanti Guido Fanti ... Enore
Enrico Salvatore Enrico Salvatore ... The priest
Amelia Bordi Amelia Bordi ... The mother
Domenico Alpi Domenico Alpi ... The father
Iole Lunardi Iole Lunardi ... The grandmother
Antonio Maghenzani Antonio Maghenzani ... The brother
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Storyline

The study of a youth on the edge of adulthood and his aunt, ten years older. Fabrizio is passionate, idealistic, influenced by Cesare, a teacher and Marxist, engaged to the lovely but bourgeois Clelia, and stung by the drowning of his mercurial friend Agostino, a possible suicide. Gina is herself a bundle of nervous energy, alternately sweet, seductive, poetic, distracted, and unhinged. They begin a love affair after Agostino's funeral, then Gina confuses Fabrizio by sleeping with a stranger. Their visits to Cesare and then to Puck, one of Gina's older friends, a landowner losing his land, dramatize contrasting images of Italy's future. Their own futures are bleak. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Italy...is the place where they've made an art of everything - especially love!

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

10 September 1965 (Sweden) See more »

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Before the Revolution See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title comes from a quote by 18th century French politician 'Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord' who said that those living before the revolution are the only ones to appreciate the full benefits of liberty. See more »

Quotes

A friend: Remember, Fabrizio: one can't live without Rossellini.
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References Journey to Italy (1954) See more »

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Gina
Written and Performed by Gato Barbieri
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Turn off the left brain for this one
23 November 2004 | by georgebrianskySee all my reviews

The overall plot deals with a young man drawn to his aunt set in Italy prior to its participation in the war.

If you watch this film looking at the plot, actor performances, whether it is well directed, etc, you will miss its beauty.

You need to relax, sit back and enjoy the juxtaposition of the visual over the music, especially in the last half. It is a wonderful experience. Bertolucci obviously decided not to conform to the intellectualism of Fellini or the structured approach of Zeffirelli.

The scene at the theatre, where the young man faces his aunt, set to the background of the opera is almost a dance.

Give the left brain a rest and enjoy.


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