Posts tagged ‘Luca Zingaretti’


A baby-girl for Montalbano

by Marianne Wi

Well, it is of course Luca Zingaretti and his longtime partner Luisa Ranieri, remember her in Immaturi, The Juveniles directed by Paolo Genovese 2011, who have become the proud parents of baby Emma. They met in 2005 during the shooting of Cefalonia directed by Riccardo Milani. Zingaretti has acted in more than 45 films and series, well known all over the world, in Italy he will always be loved for his role as ”Commissario Montalbano” and excellent series filmed in Ragusa, Sicily.


Michele Placido and Bettino Craxi.

by Marianne Wi

In an interview recently Michele Placido expressed his wish to direct a film about the infamous Prime Minister of Italy Bettino Craxi, it would appear that the screenplay is in place and that Placido has already sought support from Craxis daughter Stefania. Who you ask would he want to play this statesman, non other than Luca Zingaretti , could be another Il Divo if you ask me.

Bettino Craxi died in hiding in Hammamet in Tunisia 2000 under the protection of Ben Ali the Tunisian dictator now also on the run from justice. He was perhaps not as corrupt as Silvio Berlusconi is today but he was at least convicted.

Craxi is famous for defending the taking of bribes during his reign as Prime Minister by declaring that as everyone took them it was justifiable. On Craxis tomb is written La mia libertà equivale alla mia vita (“My freedom is my life”). Why do a film on Craxi when we have Berlusconi so much more interesting , don’t you think  ?



Noi credevamo, We Believed

by Marianne Wi

Director: Mario Martone, is known in Italy for his many theatre productions and although he has been involved as a Director and Screenwriter in a number of productions, he is little known outside Italy. I know him from the wonderful film L’odore del sangue, The Sent of Blood staring Fanny Ardant and Michele Placido a grat film. I was very much looking forward to this film.

Cast : Luigi lo Cascio, Valerio Binasco, Francesca Inaudi, Guido Caprino, Felice Orsini, Toni Servillo, Luca Zingaretti and many others.

Best moment : The first view of Paris, beautiful colour and clear shots also the return to Calabria was a joy to watch. The dancing scene too was beautiful shot.

Worst moment : The white screen, it was white for a long time with only sound and shadows. It really did not work for me at all.

I understand this film was originally  3 hours 24 minutes  before being cut to 2 hours and 50 minutes, it should perhaps have been shown in its full format on TV over 2 evenings. I was very disappointed and struggled throughout the film to identify the characters, as most scenes were shot with little light and often lacking focus, in fact I think 2 hours were shot in that manner leaving me with a headache from squinting and straining to make out the actors as they aged during the shooting of the film. Domenico (Luigi lo Cascio) changed for a young man with black hair, black eyebrows and black moustache  to an old man with grey hair, eyebrows and beard only to play the final scenes with grey hair, jet black eyebrows and grey beard.  A good understanding of Italy’s fight for unification will also be helpful. I sat next to 4 Italian film buffs, who after the first hour started to SMS on they iPhone 4’s and only one remained to the end.

Synopsis : Three young friends from the south of  Italy, take on the Europe. The film is separated into 4 acts and centres on Italy’s  fight for Unification. There is blood, sweat and tears, as we battle through the result of the Bourbon war, revolutions, betrayals with the resulting death by guns, mini bombs made to look like chestnuts and decapitations, blood is  flowing freely throughout. It sets off  in 1828, when the 3 friends join Giuseppe Mazzino (Toni Servillo) we follow their struggle, not just with the outside world but also their struggle against each other and themselves, often failing all three.

Perhaps best watched on DVD when it is released, 3 hours is a long time in a cinema seat .

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