Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Il Postino
Italy/France/Belgium, 1994. Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, Penta Film, Esterno Mediterraneo Film, Blue Dahlia Productions, K2 Two, Canal+. Story by Furio Scarpelli, Giacomo Scarpelli, Screenplay by Anna Pavignano, Michael Radford, Furio Scarpelli, Giacomo Scarpelli, Massimo Troisi, based on the novel Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skarmeta. Cinematography by Franco Di Giacomo. Produced by Mario Cecchi Gori, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Gaetano Daniele. Music by Luis Bacalov. Production Design by Lorenzo Baraldi. Costume Design by Gianni Gissi. Film Editing by Roberto Perpignani.
Peaceful little romance about an illiterate fisherman (Massimo Troisi) who takes a job delivering mail to his village’s new visitor, the famous poet Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret). When Troisi realizes that he has developed feelings of love for a local barmaid (Maria Grazia Cucinotta), he asks Neruda to help him woo her into a powerful romance. This film has an unnecessarily tragic ending, but is a breezy and beautiful affair full of lush music by Luis Enrique Bacalov and the gorgeous poetry that Neruda wrote throughout his lifetime. Troisi, who contributed to the screenplay, was severely ill with a weak heart during production, with most of his scenes rewritten to accommodate his physical limitations, and he tragically died soon after completion of filming.
Academy Award: Best Original Score-Drama
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actor (Massimo Troisi); Best Director (Michael Radford); Best Adapted Screenplay