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Fiorile (1994)

Director: Paolo Taviani Vittorio Taviani     Starring: Claudio Bigagli
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Format: DVD
Sku: 206741091
UPC: 741952312697
UPC 14: 00741952312697
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Editor's Note
Paolo and Vittorio Taviani direct this leisurely account of the 200-year old curse that has haunted the Benedetti family. Renato Carpentieri stars as Massimo Benedetti. The tale is told in flashbacks by Luigi (Lino Capilochio), the son of Renato, to his children, as they make the long drive to visit the old man. The story begins during the time of Napoleon when Jean (Michael Vartan) one of the emperor's soldiers guarding a gold shipment, is enchanted by the young Elizabette Benedetti (Galatea Ranzi), while her brother Corrado (Claudio Bigagli), without her knowledge, steals the gold. She's grief-stricken when the soldier is mistakenly executed for the crime, and although the fortune of the previously humble family is made, they will be cursed for generations. When the daughter of this union, Elisa (Galatea Renzi) falls in love with a young peasant years later, her manipulative brother, striving to extend the now wealthy family's domain into the political realm, attempts to break up their inconvenient relationship. The curse continues with the young Massimo (Michael Vartan), as he fights against the Facists during World War II. The Tavianis' deliberately paced history-as-fable, less a "sins of the father" drama, than fatalistic folklore, unfolds engagingly.
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Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Subtitled
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Koch International
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/1/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 105 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1994
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 3126
Video UPC UPC: 00741952312697
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Italian
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Italian
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Giovanni Guidelli
Video Cast Info Galatea Ranzi
Video Cast Info Constanze Engelbrecht
Video Cast Info Lino Capolicchio
Video Cast Info Norma Martelli
Video Cast Info Claudio Bigagli
Video Cast Info Renato Carpentieri
Video Cast Info Michael Vartan
Video Cast Info Pier Paolo Capponi
Video Cast Info Vittorio Taviani - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Luggi Waldleitner - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Gabi Amrani - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Roberto Perpignani - Editor
Video Cast Info Giuseppe Lanci - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Lina Nerli Taviani - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Nicola Piovani - Composer
Video Cast Info Paolo Taviani - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Sandro Petraglia - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Grazia Volpi - Producer
Video Cast Info Gianni Sbarra - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Paolo Taviani - Director
Video Cast Info Vittorio Taviani - Director
Plot Summary
A Tuscan family becomes wealthy after one of the sons pilfers a cache of gold from his sister's lover. But the theft sets in motion a continuing cycle of violence and revenge between the two families and their descendants.

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...A sweeping and sensuous fable....It offers many pleasures..." 10/13/1993 p.C21

Los Angeles Times
"...Paulo and Vittorio Taviani's FIORILE is as passionate, lyrical and ravishingly beautiful as any film they have ever made. It has moments of pure enchantment, of exquisitely expressed emotion..." 02/16/1994 p.F4

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