DVD Fiorile [DVD] [1994] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 1162079),
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Fiorile [DVD] [1994] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): KLFDV3126

  • Credits
    Claudio Bigagli, Galatea Ranzi, Renato Carpentieri, Michael Vartan, Lino Capolicchio, Constanze Engelbrecht, Giovanni Guidelli, Pier Paolo Capponi, Norma Martelli
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A sweeping and sensuous fable....It offers many pleasures..."
    New York 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..."
    Los Angeles Times

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