The corpse of a famous film producer is found in the Tiber. The investigations focus on three peculiar young scriptwriters.


Paolo Virzì


Paolo Virzì (story), Francesca Archibugi (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mauro Lamantia Mauro Lamantia ... Antonino Scordia
Giovanni Toscano Giovanni Toscano ... Luciano Ambrogi
Irene Vetere Irene Vetere ... Eugenia Malaspina
Giancarlo Giannini ... Leandro Saponaro
Roberto Herlitzka ... Fulvio Zappellini
Paolo Bonacelli ... Ennio
Ornella Muti ... La diva Federica
Marina Rocco ... Giusy Fusacchia
Andrea Roncato Andrea Roncato ... Fosco
Giulio Scarpati Giulio Scarpati ... Giulio Malaspina
Emanuele Salce Emanuele Salce ... Virgilio Barone
Giulio Berruti ... Max Andrei
Ludovica Modugno Ludovica Modugno ... Avvocatessa
Ferruccio Soleri Ferruccio Soleri ... Franco Pontani
Simona Marchini Simona Marchini ... Signora Saponaro


A renowned film producer is found dead in the river Tiber. The main suspects are three young aspiring screenwriters. In the course of one night in the police station, they go through their tumultuous, emotional and ironic journey in the streets of Rome, in the final throes of the glorious era of the great Italian cinema. Written by X

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery


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Un'estate italiana
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini
Performed by Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini
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Another great work by Virzì
15 November 2018 | by t-viktor212See all my reviews

"Notti Magiche" may not be "Il Capitale Umano", but it is close enough. It is a tragicomical, pictoresque portrayal of classic Italian cinema at its decline.

Virzì's latest film tells the story of three young screenwriters who, in the summer of 1990, are introduced to the world of filmmaking, and progressively get disillusioned as they are involved in an industry that rather than developing a form of art seems to crunch any form of artistic interpretation or depth between the wheels of its 'machine', a system that slowly transforms the screenwriters' works in something much less valuable than what the young protagonists envisioned. Casting and marketing choices aimed only to please the public, nepotism, screenplay ghost-writing and even physical abuses are themes that are tackled.

While the depth of the themes is evident, the tone of the film isn't exactly dark. Just as Virzì's "Il Capitale Umano", it is enjoyably melancholic, a real example of tragicomedy.

The film is set during a year when italian cinema was partly fading: the great, classic movie directors, like Fellini, Leone, Rosellini, Visconti and others were all already at the end of their careers or deceased (though Tornatore had just won an Oscar with 'Nuovo Cinema Paradiso'). I find it interesting that this period is re-explored in a film released following a year (2017) of crisis for italian cinema, due to a historically low income from italian releases. 2018 definitely seems a redemptive year, thanks to Garrone's 'Dogman', Sorrentino's 'Loro', Sollima's 'Soldado' (although an US production), the Netflix original 'Sulla mia Pelle', and now, with Paolo Virzì's 'Notti Magiche'.

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8 November 2018 (Italy) See more »

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Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »


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