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Actors: Claudio Bigagli, Massimo Bonetti, Enrica Maria Modugno, Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia
Directors: Vittorio Taviani, Paolo Taviani
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2008     3hr 8min

Magic, drama, misery and hope are given life in five tales adapted from Luigi Pirandello?s Novelle per un anno ("The Other Son," "Moonsickness," "The Jar," "Requiem" and "The Crow of Mízzaro"). With a strong, poetic vision...  more »


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Actors: Claudio Bigagli, Massimo Bonetti, Enrica Maria Modugno, Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia
Directors: Vittorio Taviani, Paolo Taviani
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 3hr 8min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Italian
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

"from our land of tears"
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 02/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Produced by Raitelevisione Italiana, this film set in Sicily and directed by brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, consists of four stories based on Luigi Pirandello's "Le Novelle per un Anno", and has some spectacular cinematography by Giuseppe Lanci and a gorgeous score by Nicola Piovani.
The first two stories in particular, take place in a parched, rocky setting, that has a strange beauty despite the dust and the cruelty of the life; life is harsh, and so is the way some of the characters treat each other. A warning to those of you, who like me are sensitive about the abuse of animals, the initial scene of the film with a crow is a little unpleasant. The stories are: "L'Altro Figlio" (The Other Son), about a mother with two sons in America, and one that she has at home, but has rejected.
"Mal di Luna" (Moon Sickness), about a man who goes wild and howls when the moon is full, and his new wife.
"La Giara" (The Jar), which is a comedic story about an oil jar "as wide as an abbess".
"Requiem", is about a community of shepherds who challenge the town leader for land rights, to bury their dead.the film ends with a lovely epilogue, "Colloquio con la Madre" (Conversing with Mother). Omero Antonutti plays Pirandello, and Regina Bianchi as his mother, with a scene on an island of pumice that is exquisite.
The ensemble cast is wonderful, with some members appearing in more than one story. Among the many fine actors are: Massimo Bonetti, Claudio Bigagli, Erica Maria Modugno, Franco Franchi, and Ciccio Ingrassia.
Just over 3 hours long, some may find this film slow, but if you are willing to immerse yourself in its unique atmosphere, you will be greatly rewarded."
Full-length original
hudson | New York, NY | 05/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Just to correct the mistake by a previous reviewer, the DVD contains the full-length uncut 188-minute film. It is a brand new digitally-restored transfer made especially for the Koch Lorber Films DVD release and looks great."
Italian Beauty
Laurens Reitsma | 09/30/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an excellent, beautiful Italian movie. In 4 different parts, which are movies on their own, the Taviani-brothers tell the gripping, sometimes hilarious stories of Italian fellowmen from their history and from present times. Stunning landscapes, rich colours, excellent acting and mere suspense make this movie to one of the tops of Italian filmhistory. For me it is already a classic and the best untill now of the highly talenhted Taviania-brothers. Go, and see."
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 11/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Few filmakers around the world have been able to transcript with such precision and profundity of spirit the legacy of Luigi Pirandello.

This film is composed by four stories of this monumental writer. And the final result could not be more fortunate. The bitter cynicism of some characters, the fragile human condition and the cosmic poetry were exposed with impeccable plasticity through a fluid camera work.

You should not miss for any reason, this emblematic and superb feat of the cinema."