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Good Morning, Night (2003)

Buongiorno, notte (original title)
The 1978 kidnapping of politician Aldo Moro as seen from the perspective of one of his assailants: a conflicted young woman in the ranks of the Red Brigade.

Director:

Marco Bellocchio

Writers:

Anna Laura Braghetti (book), Paola Tavella (book) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maya Sansa ... Chiara
Luigi Lo Cascio ... Mariano
Roberto Herlitzka Roberto Herlitzka ... Aldo Moro
Paolo Briguglia Paolo Briguglia ... Enzo
Pier Giorgio Bellocchio ... Ernesto
Giovanni Calcagno Giovanni Calcagno ... Primo
Giulio Bosetti Giulio Bosetti ... Paolo VI (as Giulio Stefano Bosetti)
Gianni Schicchi Gianni Schicchi ... (as Gianni Schicchi Gabrieli)
Carlo Castelli Carlo Castelli
Bruno Cariello ... Segretario del Papa
Alberto Cracco ... Medium
Emanuela Barilozzi Emanuela Barilozzi ... Annalisa
Roberta Spagnuolo ... Sandra
Giovanni Cappelli Giovanni Cappelli ... Un impiegato
Antonio De Matteo Antonio De Matteo ... Fratello Chiara
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Storyline

The movie is based on a true story. On 16 March 1978 Aldo Moro, the former Italian Prime Minister was kidnapped in Via Fani by the Brigate Rosse (Red Brigades), a militant Communist Italian group. He was the main supporter of the Compromesso Storico (Hystorical Compromise), which had to lead to the first Italian government supported by both the Christian Democrats and the Communists, in a period of social, economic and political crises. During the attack his five escort agents were all killed. Moro's corpse was found on 9 May 1978 in a car parked in a street between the headquarters of the Christian Democrat Party and the Communist Party. This movie is inspired by this tragic event which traumatize the whole nation. It focuses mainly on the relationship between the prisoner and his guards through the eyes of Chiara, the young woman whose role is to guard the prisoner. The movie portraits Chiara's life (her job as a librarian, the ordinary household) on one side and the political ... Written by manutwo

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

5 September 2003 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Good Morning, Night See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€666,593 (Italy), 7 September 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,769, 13 November 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,093, 5 March 2006
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Filmalbatros,Rai Cinema,Sky See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

Near the end, when Aldo Moro walks away in the deserted street, you can see a multicolored Peace flag in the background. Those flags would decorate Italian streets only in 2003, to oppose the invasion of Iraq. See more »

Connections

Edited from Paisan (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

La Huida (Vidala Tucumana)
(from "Navidad Nuestra")
Written by Ariel Ramírez and Félix Luna
Performed by Mercedes Sosa
Conducted by Ricardo Hagman
Warner Chappell Music Argentina - Editorial Pigal
Courtesy of Universal Music Italia srl
Decca Records, 1999
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beautiful minor movie on a major event of the Italian history
9 April 2005 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

Aldo Moro's kidnapping and murder was at its time a huge event for the Italian history and the world. With the recrudescence of terrorism at the beginning of the 70s, some of the extreme left movements in Europe - especially in Germany and Italy - embraced the path of the 'armed struggle', a deformation of the Marxist concept of class struggle in a try to stop the historical reconciliation between the traditional political parties and an Italian Comminist Party already feeling the winds of reform that will melt down the Iron Curtain 10-15 years later.

Marco Bellocchio's film tackles the story from the perspective of the day to day life of the kidnappers, and through the eyes and dreams of one of the kidnappers - the only female in the group. We do not see any of the bloody events of the kidnapping or the outcome, and most of the action happens in the rented flat where the captors kept Moro imprisoned. The director and the splendid main actress Maya Sansa succeed to re-create the political conditioning and the motivations that brought the young woman to join the terrorist fighting path, but also the human dimension that brings her back the feelings of compassion to the victim. It is Aldo Moro's portrait played by Roberto Herlitzka which seems surprinsigly more sketchy, and I had the feeling that a greater message about the relationship between kidnapper and victim was missed.

It is still an interesting movie to watch, minor in style but human, dealing from a different perspective with a theme that too often generated films that were spectacular, but deprived of any true emotion. 8 out of 10 on my personal scale.


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