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Malena (2000)

Malèna (original title)
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Amidst the war climate, a teenage boy discovering himself becomes love-stricken by Malèna, a sensual woman living in a small, narrow-minded Italian town.

Director:

Giuseppe Tornatore

Writers:

Giuseppe Tornatore (screenplay), Luciano Vincenzoni (original story)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Monica Bellucci ... Malèna Scordia
Giuseppe Sulfaro ... Renato Amoroso
Luciano Federico Luciano Federico ... Renato's Father
Matilde Piana Matilde Piana ... Renato's Mother
Pietro Notarianni Pietro Notarianni ... Professor Bonsignore
Gaetano Aronica Gaetano Aronica ... Nino Scordia
Gilberto Idonea Gilberto Idonea ... Avvocato Centorbi (as Gilberto Idone)
Angelo Pellegrino Angelo Pellegrino ... Segretario politico
Gabriella Di Luzio ... Mantenuta del Barone
Pippo Provvidenti Pippo Provvidenti ... Dott. Cusimano
Maria Terranova Maria Terranova ... Moglie Dott. Cusimano
Marcello Catalano Marcello Catalano ... Lieutenant Cadei
Elisa Morucci Elisa Morucci ... Lupetta
Domenico Gennaro Domenico Gennaro ... Farmacista
Vitalba Andrea ... Moglie farmacista
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Storyline

Malèna is about the peril of a beauty through the eyes of a 12 year old kid named Renato. He experiences three things on the same day, beginning of war, getting a bike and sees the arrival of Malèna in town. Through his eyes, we see the curse of beauty and loneliness of Malena, whose husband is presumed to be dead, and through his soul we see his love for her. Written by Paul

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Taglines:

A world at war. A young man coming of age. And the woman who changed his life forever See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Highly censored in countries such as the USA and UK. The uncut Italian version is 108 minutes, while the UK and US version is cut to 92. More than 16% of its running time is cut. See more »

Goofs

Renato's bike changes position when he helps Malena pick up oranges. See more »

Quotes

Renato Amoroso: From now on, I'll be at your side. Forever, I promise. Just give me time to grow up.
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The movie is dedicated to Tornatore's Father See more »

Alternate Versions

Original Italian version (rated VM14, suitable for people 14 years and over) runs 108 minutes. Miramax cut 16 minutes of the film down to a running time of around 92 minutes, in order to obtain an R rating. Gone or shortened were many of Renato's dream sequences with Malena which involve a lot more nudity than in the cut version. See more »

Connections

Remade as Azhagaana Ponnuthan (2010) See more »

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The Tango Dancer
Written by Malcolm Lockyer (as Howard Shaw)
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The Burden of Beauty
24 August 2010 | by lamaanhamidSee all my reviews

Although mellowed by a narrative through the eyes of an adolescent, Malena is a movie that attempts to critique the savagery inherent in the 'civilized' society of men. Through the story, the viewer is shown the cruelty that people are capable of as a collective unit, with each individual playing a small part. It attempts to lay bare the gross hypocrisy and fragile morals that hide just beneath the surface.

Malena is also a discourse on beauty, and its brutal power. The feverish lust it produces in a man, and the severe and horrible envy in a woman. The viewer's feelings of appreciation for Malena's beauty are slowly overtaken by a feeling of utter despair for Malena's beauty, which is the cause of all her woes.

Technically the film is true to its period - a small Italian village that passes through the crisis of the 2nd World War. The story unfolds through the eyes of a young boy, who carries us along on a journey of lust, love and maturity. We watch helplessly as his innocent perspectives about life are jarred by the realities of society, while he watches helplessly the misfortunes of the beautiful Malena.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy | USA

Release Date:

2 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Malena See more »

Filming Locations:

Messina, Sicily, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,282, 25 December 2000

Gross USA:

$3,448,233

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,493,284
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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