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Dear Diary (1993)

Caro diario (original title)
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... See full summary »

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Nanni Moretti

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Nanni Moretti
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nanni Moretti ... Himself
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 ... Herself
Alexandre Rockwell Alexandre Rockwell ... Himself
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
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Storyline

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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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English | Mandarin

Release Date:

30 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$472,598
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

Nanni and Gerardo are welcomed to Stromboli by the mayor of the island. Actually, Stromboli does not have any mayor, as it is part of the municipal authority of Lipari, which includes all Aeolian Islands except Salina. See more »

Quotes

Nanni Moretti: [walking out of the theater after watching "Henry - Portrait of a Killer"] I wandered around the city for hours trying to remember who was it that said good things about this film. I read a review in a paper. I read something positive about "Henry". Suddenly, I remember... I find the review and I copy it in my diary. Here it is: "Henry kills people but he's a kind of good guy. Only facts count for him. Otis is the real scum. Henry has a mad solidarity with his victims. A prince of annihilation, ...
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Connections

Spoofed in Tilt Tv: Caro diario See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Your Man
Written by Leonard Cohen (as L. Cohen)
Performed by Leonard Cohen
Ed. Musicali Stranger Music Inc.
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Stunningly unique, humorous, refreshing film
30 April 2009 | by mehmet_kurtkayaSee all my reviews

Free flowing, naturally witty, at times very funny film, accompanied with some wonderful music, especially during scenes where Moretti rides his Vespa in beautiful, empty streets of Rome's suburbs.

The film is not like any other director's take on society while blending his personal stories in it. Imagine Moretti being your guide and taking you around Rome and Italian islands, introducing layers of the Italian society with razor sharp and witty observations.

Many of the characters in the film will seem familiar to people around the world. Being unable to afford an apartment in his home town, frustration with doctors and their addiction to prescribe drugs, parents becoming hostage to their child, extreme want for change and development, people offering hedonistic capitalism, frustrated narcissists living in isolation. And TV addiction! The scene where Moretti rides his scooter to the place where Passolini is murdered has almost a dreamy barren atmosphere to it and possibly is the saddest part.

And there are hilarious moments, especially the visits to the islands are a real treat! It was also great to see Jennifer Beals, Flashdance being one of my favorites too.

This is a gem, or better yet, a cult movie.


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