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Baaria [DVD]

Guiseppe Tornatore    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Guiseppe Tornatore
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan 2011
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XMVGZA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,872 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Guiseppe Tornatore, the director of Cinema Paradiso, brings us BAARIA, an epic, semi-autobiographical story of three generations in a Sicilian village.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Italian ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Giuseppe Tornatore directed this grand-scale portrait of life and love over several decades in a small town in Sicily. The Torrenuovas are a family of peasant shepherds who have lived and worked in Bagheria though many generations. In the years before the rise of Mussolini, the family often found themselves working for Don Giacinto (Lollo Franco), a local tycoon who often used his power and position to take advantage of others. Young Peppino Torrenuova senses a profound injustice in the way Don Giacinto treats his elders, and as the years pass the young man becomes a passionate advocate for social change. Once he grows to be a man, Peppino (Francesco Scianna) falls in love with beautiful Mannina (Margareth Made) and they get married, starting a family of their own over the objections of Mannia's parents, who believe she can do better. As Peppino throws in his lot with the local Communist party and works to make life better for his fellow peasants, we see a number of important historical events through his eyes and watch the fortunes of his town and his family rise and fall. Featuring guest appearances by Monica Bellucci, Raoul Bova and Donatella Finocchiaro, Baaria was the opening night attraction at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Golden Globes, Venice Film Festival, ...Baara (2009) ( Sicilia! Sicilia! ) ( Baaria )

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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In a tiny Sicilian village called Baaria, the film follows three generations and 60 years from the 1920s through the 1980s. The main protagonist is Peppino (Francesco Scianna), the son of a shepherd, who becomes a committed communist during WWII. He falls in love with the lovely Mannina (Margareth Made) and they raise a family but his commitment to communism keeps him away for much of the time even as he slowly becomes disillusioned. I've never understood the great affection for director Giuseppe Tornatore's CINEMA PARADISO that most film lovers have but Tornatore's work here, though flawed, is both ambitious and beautiful. Though the film clocks in at 2 1/2 hours, the film seems choppy. Tornatore tries to cram too many stories, too many incidents and too many characters in the running time so that we never quite have the time get to know anybody but Peppino and his wife. Fortunately, the appealing Scianna and fetching Made hold our interest. The film needs a more leisurely pace. I suspect that a director's cut would run closer to 4 hours and I'd love to see that version. Visually, the film is stunning, Enrico Lucidi's wide screen images among the most beautiful I've ever seen and at times, it seems enough to just bask in those images. The ending is a real beauty. The gorgeous score is by Ennio Morricone. The massive cast includes Angela Molina and Monica Bellucci.

The e-one DVD from Great Britain is a top notch wide screen (2.35) transfer.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By David
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Beautifully filmed, a sheer visual delight, which is what you would expect from Tornatore. Everyone seeing Baaria will presumably have seen Cinema Paradiso first, which may induce misleading expectations. This is much more than the life story of one man, it is the story of the town as well, and of rural, small-town Sicily in the context of 20th century Italy as a whole. Peppino, the hero, is a much more human character than Salvatore (in Cinema Paradiso), because the life of Peppino and the life of the town are fleshed out in much greater detail - much more background incident, incidentally allowing a number of well-known Italian actors to take small parts. The final scenes create a nicely rounded ending. If I had to make a criticism, I would say that Tornatore tries to pack too much into 144 minutes; I would happily have sat through a more leisurely, longer version of the film, if only to protract the pleasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super 14 July 2013
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This is a super film....Its in Italian though, so if you don't like subtitles, forget it. It tells a boys life story in southern Italy over a number of years with a strange twist at the end which is done superbly. I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 July 2014
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As Requested and Excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars this movie deserves 6 stars! 5 Mar 2014
By bondim
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Wow, what an amzing movie! I had been watching for 20 minutes when I realized I could just watch it all over again immediately after it would finish! If you don't learn to love Sicilians/ Italians after watching this, then you never will. The movie portrays the simple, yet painful life of the people of Bagheria through the twentieth century, the story is told through the life of a boy from early childhood to late adulthood. Besides an amazing, very painfully human story, it has such ridiculously funny elements,so funny that I was forced to pause several times to finish laughing before I could watch on! I do not only recommend, but will watch over and over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BAARIA 24 Nov 2013
By Visa
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I did film studies while I studied French at the University, I watch films all the time, and for some reason unknown to me I never heard of this film until I saw part of it on one of the Sky TV stations, and I didn't hesitate to buy it I had to see it all.
I have seen Italian films related to the years of serious political unrest between 1930 and 1950, but no much were we informed of what happened during those years in Sicily. The story is told through the life of a sicilian starting with whis childhood, his youth, his political beliefs and also disappointments. I don't want to tell the story, otherwise I would spoil it.
It has to bee seen!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 6 Sep 2013
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This film is absolutely brilliant a must-see It is by the same director as Cinema Paradiso which was voted best foreign film of all time
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 23 Aug 2013
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Good story line - I'm learning Italian off and on so it is good to be able to listen to a good movie with English subtitles and practice without really thinking about it.
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