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The First Beautiful Thing (2010)

La prima cosa bella (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 15 January 2010 (Italy)
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A misanthropic professor returns to his hometown to assist his dying mother.

Director:

Paolo Virzì

Writers:

Francesco Bruni (story and screenplay), Francesco Piccolo (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Valerio Mastandrea ... Bruno Michelucci - 2009
Micaela Ramazzotti ... Anna Nigiotti in Michelucci - 1971-1981
Stefania Sandrelli ... Anna Nigiotti in Michelucci - 2009
Claudia Pandolfi Claudia Pandolfi ... Valeria Michelucci - 2009
Marco Messeri ... Il Nesi
Fabrizia Sacchi ... Sandra
Aurora Frasca Aurora Frasca ... Valeria Michelucci - Bambina
Giacomo Bibbiani Giacomo Bibbiani ... Bruno Michelucci - Bambino
Giulia Burgalassi Giulia Burgalassi ... Valeria Michelucci - 1981
Francesco Rapalino Francesco Rapalino ... Bruno Michelucci - 1981
Sergio Albelli Sergio Albelli ... Mario Michelucci
Isabella Cecchi Isabella Cecchi ... Zia Leda Nigiotti
Emanuele Barresi Emanuele Barresi ... Roberto Lenzi
Dario Ballantini Dario Ballantini ... Avvocato Cenerini
Paolo Ruffini Paolo Ruffini ... Cristiano Cenerini
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Storyline

A misanthropic professor returns to his hometown to assist his dying mother.

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

15 January 2010 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The First Beautiful Thing See more »

Filming Locations:

Livorno, Tuscany, Italy

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€7,788,176 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kim Rossi Stuart was originally cast as Bruno. He was subsequently replaced by Valerio Mastandrea, who ended up winning a David Di Donatello for his role. See more »

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There are family photographs of Anna, Mario, Bruno and Valeria shown interspersed in the credits. See more »

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References The Priest's Wife (1970) See more »

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La prima cosa bella
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Written by Mogol, Gianfranco Reverberi and Nicola Di Bari
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70s revisited
3 July 2011 | by stenssonSee all my reviews

Most people agree that the Golden Age of Italian movies started with Rosselini's "Rome-Open City" and ended about 15 years before Mastroianni's death. What's the cause of that, we can't be sure of.

This film about the drug depending teacher, who remembers his mother during the last decade of that era and how she involuntarily destroyed the lives of him and his sister. They really haven't begun yet. His mother another example of the common Italian film theme "Too beautiful for her own good".

But that theme would have been done better in the hands of the golden Italian directors and good acting really don't make that much difference here.


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