20 September 2014 | Mozjoukine
Maligned Italian curiosity.
Gianni Amelio has always been one of the most interesting Italian film-makers. His silent movie compilation is the best thing about the wasted opportunity represented by the Turin film museum.
The current production is not as imposing as OPEN DOORS or L'America. I can't honestly say I understand it. However it held my attention and I became engaged with Antonio Albanese it's leading man, who is better know in Italy. He's the traffic cop in FROM ROME WITH LOVE. The character's variety of fill-in jobs give us an intriguing cross section of Italian life and that's clearly the reason they've been shown. The personal story is another matter and the puzzling ending is unsatisfying. People who write about the film don't seem to be able to handle that.
I'd watch it again if I got the chance and I thought it would give me a better handle on what Amelio wants us to take away from the film.
Luca Bigazzi's 'scope images are as always impeccable and the score is best Euro film music.