I first saw this film a few years after it came out, on television. Seems like a century ago, but my awe and wonder remain the same. A few minutes into it and from a reclining position in an armchair you have to sit on edge, taut and upright: in disbelief -
because just when you thought you'd never see anything good, unique and new, ever again, but only the same predictable, proscribed Hollywood productions, you're awakened out of your megrims with an intimation, a hope that here, right at the very moment of watching it, before your eyes, a true gem, an incredible work of art is unfolding. And it never disappoints. Moretti discovered a mother lode and followed it to its end, the gold never deviates into dross. After watching it you will for a time yet feel mesmerized, as if on drugs, in ecstasy of thankfulness that there are still films being made that are worth seeing. And what a wonder too that it is an Italian film. Italian films always put one off because they dub their own films and that lip movement is always out of sync. I did not notice this in Moretti's films. For all their faults Italian films have one redeeming quality, they have some of the most renowned cinematographers, and while cinematography here doesn't carry the film, the story does, it must be mentioned that the man behind the camera is the master craftsman: Giuseppe Lanci of Tarkovsky's Nostalghia.
This film is seminal, a true work of art.
The only bad thing about this dvd has to do with Arrow Films who released it: they dared to embed the subtitles into the film! This is inexcusable under any supposition - indefensible.