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Lo zio di Brooklyn (1995)

Grotesque... Depressing... Comic.... Absurd..... Every word seems useless to describe this movie. An incredible catalogue of charachters, mostly played by non professional actors or ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Salvatore Gattuso Salvatore Gattuso ... Zio di Brooklyn
Pippo Agusta Pippo Agusta ... Don Masino
Salvatore Schiera Salvatore Schiera ... Gaetano Gemelli
Gaspare Marchione Gaspare Marchione ... Toto Gemelli
Natale Lauria Natale Lauria ... Iachino Gemelli
Rosario Carollo Rosario Carollo ... Ciccio Gemelli
Pietro Rizzo Pietro Rizzo ... Sarino
Francesco Arnao Francesco Arnao ... San Polifemo
Antonino Bruno Antonino Bruno ... Il Mago Zoras
Luigi Cinà Luigi Cinà ... Paliddu
Bruno Di Benedetto Bruno Di Benedetto ... La Nana
Salvatore Farina Salvatore Farina ... Madre del mago Zoras
Umberto Florulli Umberto Florulli ... Cantante
Pietro Giordano Pietro Giordano ... Vendicatore
Giovanni Gucciardi Giovanni Gucciardi ... Custode cinema


Grotesque... Depressing... Comic.... Absurd..... Every word seems useless to describe this movie. An incredible catalogue of charachters, mostly played by non professional actors or inhabitantants of Palermo slums, Sicily. A history of Mafia murders takes places in a post-atomic scenario (brilliantly represented by the ZEN popular quarters of Palermo), where dogs have taken control of the streets. Funeral marches, singers, dwarfs, just a few female charachters in the plot, but played only by male actors. A flop at cinemas, but it could not have been different. A masterpiece of photography. Perfect location. Not a single word, image, or act is out of place. A masterpiece.

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31 January 1999 | by Quilty-6See all my reviews

The best italian film of the 90's, the most extreme and radical work since SALO', a ruthless representation, in a surreal-metaphorical key, of a civilization condemned to worshipping its own blindness. The two sicilian directors use a language free from compromise and from the traditional storyline rules: the movie is photographed in a sharp and very contrasting black & white, with no beautiful pimp music, and lacks a logical story. There are no women (the ones we see are actually men), and the language is strict sicilian dialect. The directing style is characterized by long fixed shots on a post-atomic world, which is really present-day Palermo, inhabited by fat people in socks and underwear who burp and fart while roaming around smelly alleyways and waste dumps. And above all, there is the black humor of the two "cinics", acute, ruthless, and very intelligent. An extraordinary essay of surrealistic cinema in perennial confinement between drama and irony, between disconcertment and a liberatory laugh, the whole mixed with a profound sense of squalor and discomfort that accompanies the viewer even after the film is over. A film that shows the loss of certainty and moral values in today's world, the absence of order and sense: God is dead and man is alone in this abyss, this is what Cipri and Maresco seem to be reminding us of with a resonant blow.

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Sicilian | Italian

Release Date:

13 October 1995 (Italy) See more »

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The Uncle from Brooklyn See more »

Filming Locations:

Palermo, Sicily, Italy

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