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Kaos (1984)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 206741104
UPC: 741952308898
UPC 14: 00741952308898
Category Keywords: Theatrical Release
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Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Koch International
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/1/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 182 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1984
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 3088
Video UPC UPC: 00741952308898
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 Omero Antonutti
Video Cast Info Frankie Ingrassia
Video Cast Info Margarita Lozano
Video Cast Info Franco Scaldati
Video Cast Info Franco Franchi
Video Cast Info Claudio Bigagli
Video Cast Info Luigi Pirandello - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Giuseppe Lanci - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Paolo Taviani - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Roberto Perpignani - Editor
Video Cast Info Lina Nerli Taviani - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Tonino Guerra - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Vittorio Taviani - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Nicola Piovani - Composer
Video Cast Info Giuliani G. De Negri - Producer
Video Cast Info Paolo Taviani - Director
Video Cast Info Vittorio Taviani - Director

Professional Reviews

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

Product Attributes

Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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