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Allegro Non Troppo [1990] [VHS]


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Product details

  • Actors: Maurizio Nichetti|Bruno Bozzetto|Maurizio Micheli|Néstor Garay
  • Format: Import
  • Language: Italian
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Tartan
  • VHS Release Date: 27 Jun 1994
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004COTK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,915 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Inventive, dazzling animation set to classical music, parodying Walt Disney's 'Fantasia' and interspersed by live-action sequences featuring the film's producer, the conductor and an orchestra composed entirely of old women. Six animated segments, each with a different theme, feature the music of Debussy, Dvorak, Ravel, Sibelius, Vivaldi and Stravinsky.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "clsd" on 31 Oct 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I first viewed Allegro non Troppo in film school...it was introduced as an "Italian Fantasia". After viewing it I realized such a comparison didn't give it due credit for its originality: that such sophisticated animation is accompanied by classical music is the beginning and end of the comparison -- and it was unique for its time, intercutting live action with animated sequences.
The subject matter is not the lollipops and roses of Fantasia: some of the animation shorts effectively focus on somber and dreary post-WWII Europe, while some lighter sections of both the animation and live-action are hilariously comic. Therefore I would suggest parental viewing prior to permitting very young children viewing the film in its entirety. Some of the most entertaining live-action features the director dealing with the film's musicians, an orchestra of "vintage" ladies...if you appreciated the cinematography of Roberto Benigni's "Life is Beautiful", you should enjoy Allegro again and again...I have purchased several copies for friends' birthdays, etc. It has been off the market for several years, and this is the first time I have been able to purchase it outside the USA. Happy viewing!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Nery on 1 Aug 2005
Format: VHS Tape
I must have watched this film at least 10 times when I was in university. Fortunately it played often at the local Rep theather. It really does propel you with its magical animations set to some of the greatest classical tracks of all time. And the sheer irreverance and playfulness of the live action 'plot' that ties them together is excellent fun. This film is much more grown up than the (also excellent) Fantasia to which it is so often compared.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Roberts on 27 Jan 2007
Format: DVD
I first saw this film on Channel Four many years ago in 1992 and was won over instantly by the brilliant choice of music and style of animation. I can't believe it has never been repeated to my knowledge and along with Rene Laloux's "Time Masters" is one of my favourite feature length animated films. The Ravel's Bolero sequence is breathtaking and still sticks in my mind as one of the best I've ever seen. I have sadly only ever seen the film once and am very keen to get it on DVD so let's hope they reel off on new batch soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DB on 20 Oct 2010
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Why is this delightful little film so difficult to get hold of? For a long time the VHS could only be obtained second hand (which is still the case of course) and there was no DVD. It has now been released on DVD, but the Region 2 version is unobtainable. Scandalous!

If you do finally manage to lay your hands on a copy then look out for the Bolero/dinosaurs parody of the "Rite of Spring" bit in "Fantasia", the "L'Apres-Midi d'un Faune" opening and the anti-fascist piece. When I first saw the film on telly I didn't make a note of what the music was to this bit. It was one of those whistle-along tunes that almost everybody recognises, but nobody knows what it is. On a second viewing I spotted that it was one of the "Slavonic Dances" by Dvorak, so I ran off to buy a CD - and it wasn't on it! He actually wrote two sets of Slavonic Dances. Finally, after some serious searching on i-Tunes, I found it. To save others the trouble it's Opus 46, No. 7, in C-minor.
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By C. L. Hatfield on 15 April 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A parody of Fantasia whose quality stands on its own merit. I have purchased this film for several other people of all ages along the years. Seller packaged it weel for posting.
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I first saw Allegro Non Troppo at a foreign film festival in Adelaide Australia, (where we live), in 1979. It continued to run for months. It is easy to understand why. It is quite simply a beautifully made movie. It may have intended to be a parody of Disney's Fantasia, but that is where it stops. The live action segments are very comical, but may be a bit dated now. The animation segments set against the beautiful classical music are as wonder and relevant today as when first made over 40 years ago. The hand painted cells are wonderful and beautiful, making some of todays CGI animation looking sad and crude. From the witty caveman sequence to the tearful cat remembering the ghosts of the abandon house it once lived in. You will shed a tear.
Even if you are not that keen on animation or classical music, or are new to these, this film is the perfect choice, you won't be disappointed. You don't need to speak english or italian to understand it, it crosses all languages.
I have had this on video for 20 years and just got the restored version, (red cover with coke bottle), on DVD. I understand this is the best version, and I believe it is. I love this film.
So, do yourself a favour and add this to your film library.
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