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Studio Koch International
SKU 206741104
UPC 741952308898
UPC 14 00741952308898
Format DVD
Release Date 4/1/2008
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Four stories by Luigi Pirandello are the basis of this five-part anthology film directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. In the first, "The Other Son," Mariagrazia (Margaret Lozano), is the mother of three sons, one of whom lives with her. Despite his reverence for her, she can feel only contempt for the boy. The second tale, "Moonstruck" tells of Sidoro (Enrica Maria Modugno), a woman whose husband has epileptic seizures during a full moon which he must conceal from his neighbors. "The Jar" concerns a craftsman (Franco Franchi) who has been hired by a feudal lord, Don Lollo (Ciccio Ingrassia), to repair an enormous olive jar, but while working, he traps himself inside. In the fourth story, "Requiem," a group of villagers oppose a feudal landlord, the Baron (Pasquale Spadola), and a group of local officials in a struggle to be allowed to bury their dead. The final episode, "Conversing with Mother," is a dialogue between Pirandello (Omero Antonutti) and the shadow of his deceased mother (Regina Bianchi). Pirandello's simple tales, less philosophical than his classic plays, have been injected with the Taviani's characteristic pantheism and a reverence for nature which observers of Giuseppi Lanci's spectacular photography of the Sicilian landscape may come to share. Of the various episodes, "The Jar" and "Conversing"are the best.
Sight and Sound "...Everything is beautiful: landscapes are breathtaking; faces are photogenically 'eloquent'; camera movements are flamboyant..." 12/01/1984 p.63-4
New York Times "...Unfolds with [a] rapturous simplicity....The Tavianis at their best..." 10/13/1985 p.97
Los Angeles Times "...Superb....KAOS is a warm and embracing experience, both amusing and rueful, its camera movement as graceful as baroque scrollwork..." 02/27/1986 p.C1
Paolo Taviani
Vittorio Taviani
Cast & Crew
Omero Antonutti - Star
Frankie Ingrassia - Star
Margarita Lozano - Star
Franco Scaldati - Star
Franco Franchi - Star
Claudio Bigagli - Star
Luigi Pirandello - Source Writer
Giuseppe Lanci - Director of Photography
Paolo Taviani - Screenwriter
Roberto Perpignani - Editor
Lina Nerli Taviani - Costume Designer
Tonino Guerra - Screenwriter
Vittorio Taviani - Screenwriter
Nicola Piovani - Composer
Giuliani G. De Negri - Producer
Paolo Taviani - Director
Vittorio Taviani - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1984
Catalog ID 3088
UPC 00741952308898
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 182 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Italian
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks Italian
DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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