Elective Affinities (La Affinita Elettive)

BB.5 (out of 5) Unable to get funding from Italian movie studios, the Taviani brothers sought support from French production companies for this adaptation of Goethe’s novel and were thus obliged to cast French actors in the leads, who were subsequently dubbed in Italian. Fans of Isabelle Huppert will cringe at the prospect of having to … More Elective Affinities (La Affinita Elettive)

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Fiorile

BBB (out of 5) The generational saga of an Italian family, beginning with poor origins on a dirty farm through to the wealth they achieve thanks to a heartless crime. The Taviani brothers have fashioned a memorable narrative in this gentle drama that never makes a strong enough impression. French-American actor Michael Vartan plays a dual … More Fiorile

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The Spider’s Stratagem (La Strategia Del Ragno)

BBB (out of 5) Another beautifully photographed political film by Bernardo Bertolucci, this time centring around the story of a man who returns to his father’s village for the first time since his mysterious murder. His arrival is at the request of his father’s former mistress (the still enchanting Alida Valli) who wants him to … More The Spider’s Stratagem (La Strategia Del Ragno)

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Before The Revolution (Prima Della Rivoluzione)

BBB (out of 5) A teenage boy is growing into his twenties and looking for a cause to fulfill his burgeoning ideology. He decides to flirt with communism, despite the fact that he has no intention of leaving the comforts of bourgeois life behind. Further complicating things, his favourite aunt has just come for a … More Before The Revolution (Prima Della Rivoluzione)

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