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Mondovino [DVD] (2004)

Jonathan Nossiter    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Jonathan Nossiter
  • Producers: Jonathan Nossiter, Emmanuel Giraud
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009G1IPQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,429 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter, a serious wine connoisseur, looks at the international wine business. He offers a well-informed look at how business concerns and the homogenisation of tastes around the world are changing the way wine is being made.

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wine, globalisation and change 27 Feb 2006
Mondovino is a very interesting film, whether you want to call it a documentary or an opinion piece. That someone has been making 2 hour+ feature film about wine (or rather some aspects of the wine industry of today), consisting mostly of hand-held camera interviews of various wine personalities, with no narration, is fascinating in itself. Some has likened Nossiter’s take on wine to the works of Michael Moore, but I think this is an overstatement. I don’t think those who agree with Nossiter will be as entertained by this film as Michael Moore’s fans were by Fahrenheit 9/11, nor do I think those who disagree will be as enraged. Don’t misunderstand me: Modovino definitely has an anti-globalisation and to some extent anti-American streak to it, it does set out to portray many of its characters in a disrespectful way by making them look pompous and ridiculous, and it does have some humorous elements to it. But it is not totally black-and-white or over-the-top when it comes to pushing the view that Nossiter seems to want to get across.
I had some difficulty in deciding on a rating for Mondovino. It probably deserves ***** for ingenuity and provocativeness, **** for effort and timeliness, but * or ** for fact-checking or balanced coverage of the reasons why winemakers and the wine industry in parts of Europe are in trouble. All in all, I settled for ***.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars there's no such thing as a simple glass of wine 25 July 2005
By bagoas
Mondovino is a documentary on ` state of the art ' of the world-wide production of quality wines, putting in confrontation those who defend that the wines must be produced to the local scale, to keep uninjured the characteristics (what they call "the terroir") that give them quality and distinction, and those that think that wine can be produced at a global scale, not losing quality by this, in fact even adding some quality. In a more immediate reading, the film inquires on the effects of globalization in the wine industry, putting in evidence what is the conjuncture of this industry, which are the main actores, the main trends, the economic movements. Eventually, this would be enough to make an interesting movie.
But Mondovino is more, much more than this. Made in an almost artisan way by Jonathan Nossiter, who leads the interviews keeping the camera on his shoulder, the film first surprises us by the attention that it dedicates to exterior details: the airplanes and helicopters, and over all the dogs: in each scene there is always (at last, almost always) a dog (or more than one) that, at some point, seems to concentrate all the attentions, specially the one from the camera that abandons the subject of the interview to curiosly follow the evolutions of the dogs. These elements are essential to the tone of the documentary, because they give comicity to it, but over all a certain air of nonsense.
Nossiter's position facing his subjects is never cynical or sarcastic. He is always interested and serious. Of course there is a lot of irony, but is the one that results not of a position of the producer, its personal opinion concerning the events or the personages, but irony that comes from the substance of the movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A terrible look at a fascinating subject 19 Nov 2012
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It is difficult to know why this film has done so well when it is so badly made. The subject is fascinating, but the hand-held camera shakes and swings around, there are sudden close-up zooms to a face with equally sudden zoom out, for no apparent reason, and very little has been shot with the help of a tripod. There is no commentary, which might have helped a bit. I got the impression that no editing had taken place, because there was so much in this film which should have ended up on the cutting room floor. Views of clouds, dogs, and extraneous shots of nothing much at all, add nothing of value. I was torn between giving this one star or two, purely because the subject interests me. The credits for Direction, Photography and Editing all go to Jonathan Nossiter. With a proper film maker, this could have been really good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The politics of Wine 10 Sep 2013
Excellent, eccentric fly on the wall doco, that gave me a good laugh. With an understated seriousness on the wine industry. First 20-30 min a bit boring, but then it gets interesting. Will have to watch it again.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As a wine enthusiast and someone inside the industry, I was engrossed in this long film. At times the camera style would drive me crazy (he loves dogs) but the old vs. new is captivating stuff. It was worth watching the bonus material, even though it is mostly a lot more of the same. I see both sides of the storey in my work, but personally tend to believe we are working our way towards a monolithic wine world. Parker/Spectator have done some wonderful a price and I think this film does a great job demonstrating that. PS. I didn't sense it was "anti American", maybe anti big business, but no offense taken here.
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