Monday, January 24, 2011

Best Italian Film

The Best of Youth, is an epic 6 hour Italian film, directed by Marco Tullio Giordana. Starring Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessio Boni, Maya Sansa it follows the lives of two brothers growing up in Italy in 1960s up until the 2000s. In short is a beautiful and powerful film, which is a real joy to watch. The quality of acting is impeccable, I have never seen such consistently superb acting throughout a film. All the characters are fascinating and interesting in their own way, but especially Giorgia (Jasmine Trinca) a patient from a mental hospital; and Giulia the girlfriend of Nicola who is drawn into the Red Brigade faction.

There are no contorted plot lines, it is the story of Italian people against a backdrop of Italian society. We become aware of significant developments in Italian modern history, but it is at a distance, and the film never loses sight of the main object which is to offer an intimate portrait of those lives involved.

The film will move you to both tears and laughter. It is engrossing, though sad, it is also uplifting and makes you consider how your decisions can affect those around you.

It reminds me of the famous scene in The Third Man.
Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long Holly.
Yes, Italy has had a turbulent history, but this film shows its also very capable of producing the highest cultural output.

Book Cover The Best of Youth
Famous Italian Painters

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