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Dear Diary (1993)

Caro diario (original title)
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Director Nanni Moretti takes a mordant look at Italian life through three antological vignettes presented as the chapters of an open diary.


Nanni Moretti


Nanni Moretti
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nanni Moretti ... Self
Giovanna Bozzolo Giovanna Bozzolo ... Actor in Italian Film
Sebastiano Nardone Sebastiano Nardone ... Actor in Italian Film
Antonio Petrocelli Antonio Petrocelli ... Actor in Italian Film
Giulio Base ... Car Driver
Italo Spinelli Italo Spinelli ... On the Wall at Spinaceto
Carlo Mazzacurati ... Film Critic
Jennifer Beals ... Self
Alexandre Rockwell Alexandre Rockwell ... Self
Renato Carpentieri ... Gerardo
Raffaella Lebboroni Raffaella Lebboroni ... First Salina Couple
Marco Paolini Marco Paolini ... First Salina Couple
Claudia Della Seta Claudia Della Seta ... Second Salina Couple
Lorenzo Alessandri Lorenzo Alessandri ... Second Salina Couple
Antonio Neiwiller Antonio Neiwiller ... The Mayor of Stromboli


Nanni Moretti directs himself playing himself in this wry look at life. Presented in three chapters, Moretti uses the experiences of traveling on his motor-scooter, cruising with his friend around a set of remote islands in search of peace to finish his new film and consulting doctor after doctor to cure his annoying rash to cast a humorous look at his life and those around him. Written by James Hastie <jdh1000@cus.cam.ac.uk>

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Why do I like this film so much?
5 April 2001 | by keen-1See all my reviews

Yes it is cute and Woody Allenish but there is something more. It is a movie about an ordinary man, who enjoys doing quiet things by himself such as riding around Rome on his Vespa and walking by himself, he is not a hero he's anyone. The music is really good and I managed to find it all on Napster and other sources. Notice some themes such as the Soccer(football) nets (goals) and the scene where he watches the nun on tv, that same scene is in Cinema Paradiso! I like World music so the scene of the band playing for the dancers is great-who is that group...what is the song? I didn't like the interposed parts showing Henri the serial killer or the Italian movie and I thought the last story was a bit boring- notice on the scene where he is looking for Passolini's murder spot how he just doubles back on himself.

I could go on talking about this film and it comes in as one of my five best Cinema Paradiso, Unbearable Lightness of Being, Manhattan, and The Year of Living Dangerously.

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30 September 1994 (USA) See more »

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