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Il Postino (1994)

Il postino (original title)
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A simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet, and then uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice.

Directors:

Michael Radford, Massimo Troisi (uncredited)

Writers:

Antonio Skármeta (novel), Furio Scarpelli (story) | 6 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 31 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Philippe Noiret ... Pablo Neruda
Massimo Troisi ... Mario Ruoppolo
Maria Grazia Cucinotta ... Beatrice Russo
Renato Scarpa ... Telegrapher
Linda Moretti Linda Moretti ... Donna Rosa
Sergio Solli Sergio Solli
Carlo Di Maio Carlo Di Maio
Nando Neri Nando Neri
Vincenzo Di Sauro Vincenzo Di Sauro
Orazio Stracuzzi
Alfredo Cozzolino Alfredo Cozzolino
Mariano Rigillo Mariano Rigillo ... Di Cosimo
Anna Bonaiuto ... Matilde
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Storyline

Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet, is exiled to a small island for political reasons. On the island, the unemployed son of a poor fisherman is hired as an extra postman due to the huge increase in mail that this causes. Il Postino is to hand-deliver the celebrity's mail to him. Though poorly educated, the postman learns to love poetry and eventually befriends Neruda. Struggling to grow and express himself more fully, he suddenly falls in love and needs Neruda's help and guidance more than ever. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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A shy postman didn't stand a chance with the island's most beautiful woman until the great poet of love gave him the courage to follow his dreams...and the words to win her heart. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy | France | Belgium

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

22 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Postman (Il Postino) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$95,310, 18 June 1995

Gross USA:

$21,848,932

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,898,920
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Dolby Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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In real life Pablo Neruda was in his late 40s when he stayed on Capri in 1951-52. Actor Philippe Noiret was in his 60s when he played the role of the poet in this film ... which would have matched the timing of Antonio Skármeta's original novel Ardiente Paciencia (The Postman) which was set in 1969, when Neruda was 64. (The novel took place in Chile, at Neruda's coastal home in Isla Negra. The 1983 film adaptation by Skármeta and his stage play Burning Patience use that setting too, while the 2010 opera Il Postino uses Capri.) See more »

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Pablo Neruda: When I was a senator of the republic I went to visit the pampas, a region where it only rains once every fifty years, where life is unimaginably hard. I wanted to meet the people who had voted for me. One day at Lota there was a man who had come up from a coal mine. He was a mask of coal dust and sweat, his face contorted by terrible hardship, his eyes red from the dust. He stretched out his calloused hand and said: "Wherever you go, speak of this torment. Speak of your brother who lives ...
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Alternate Versions

The Italian version of the film includes an additional title credit for Massimo Troisi, listed as co-director of the movie together with Michael Radford. See more »

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Written by Francisco Canaro (as F. Canaro) and Luis César Amadori (as L.C. Amadori)
Performed by Carlos Gardel
Courtesy of E. Musical Pirovano
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A Love Story Between Men
20 September 2004 | by flickershowsSee all my reviews

'Il Postino' is a love story between men. There's something poetic about that, in this movie about love & poetry. Neither of them is gay, mind you. In fact, a ravishing beauty (Maria Grazia Cucinotta) is the object of the title character's affection. Still, this movie belongs to Philippe Noiret and the Oscar-nominated Massimo Troisi. Noiret is a Chilean poet, exiled in Italy for his communist leanings. Troisi is the postman, a man going nowhere who comes to idolize this intelligent poet. They become friends and Noiret essentially Cyranos Troisi into Cucinotta's ample heart.

I didn't find the entire film to be heart-rending, but the final scenes add deep resonance to the material. My eyebrows were raised when the movie ended and there was a "For Massimo" credit. Troisi died less than a day after they finished shooting. It seems fitting that the end of the film is bittersweet because the cast & crew had been working with a dying man who wanted nothing more than to finish this final project. 'Il Postino' ended up grossing a boatload of money, so his subtle performance clearly struck a chord with audiences.

Troisi got all the press for his fine work, but Noiret is certainly his equal. Director Michael Radford does well to stay out of their way. I like how he didn't sentimentalize the Troisi/Cucinotta relationship. He's infatuated with her, but that diminishes a bit once he gets her. They're a fair representation of a real couple who were brought together for what might have been the wrong reasons. In fact, the film is filled with surprises. It's a quiet character study, but all the players in 'Il Postino' go through earth-shaking changes of personal proportions. And the Noiret/Troisi friendship is right at the heart of the matter.


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