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Malena [Blu-ray]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2013
I love this movie. The storyline, music and portraits are wonderful, but why should it still be edited from its original length and deeper tones is a mystery to me. Since the original length movie is not available, this is what we have to enjoy. Like Cinema Paradiso, you don't know what you are missing with the edited down for US short attention span consumption until you have been fortunate enough to have seen its original intentions. This release is still worth the price of admission, although I feel cheated.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2010
I'd recommend you buy the beautifully-packaged 2-disc KOREAN dvd of this film. It is completely UNCUT and has removable English subtitles and DTS audio. The only quibble is that the anamorphic widescreen picture is NTSC. I'd have preferred PAL but regrettably all the PAL discs seems to be censored or lack subtitles. The second disc contains bonus features.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2011
This is a brilliant film about the coming of age. The musical score is lyrical and evocative. My one regret is that the subtitles do little justice to the original language. I find it implausible that Malena's father can teach Latin when he is stone deaf. The subtitled Latin 'sol est maior quam lunam' is nonsense, as any third-grade Latin student will tell you. And how is that when Renato phantasises about his class teacher being Malena the real teacher is reading Homeric Greek which no 13yr-old would ever be able to understand. Such technical details may elude the unenlightened, but surely a little research would not have gone amiss. The classical allusions are maintained when the bust of Mussolini splits into two parts and shows him for the two-faced Janus he really is. Despite minor discrepancies the combination of photography, caricature, musical score, pathos, humour and imaginary interludes make this a film well worth seeing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2012
This is one of my favorite films and can be viewed on many levels---it is funny sad and erotic---the georgeous bellucci is the centre piece but the film also benefits from great performamces from all the cast, the young lead is brilliant.bellucci only speaks a few lines during the film but it is still a grest performance as an object of lust and envy from the people of the provincial italian town where the film is set.The music greatly adds to the film ,I would also reccommend the uncut version which although has no english subtitles has some great fantasy scenes and could be watched after you have seen the subtitled version.
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Well, IMDB says: “A woman provokes sensual awakenings in a group of adolescent boys.” At first glance this makes you wonder if this is a bit, you know “smutty?” It’s an utterly insufficient description though for what is an excellent and moving piece of World Cinema.

It’s 1940 in the Sicilian town of Castelucto in Italy. A local teenager, Renato, has developed a “crush” on local lady Malèna Scordia whose husband, away from home due to the war, has been reported dead leaving his wife Malèna on her own. Malèna is very beautiful and this leads to many of the local women spreading false rumours about her as she never fails to turn their husband’s heads. The only person who knows these rumours are mendacious, sadly because he spies on Malèna due to his infatuation for her, is Renato. Malèna has to adjust to life without her husband and is played superbly by Monica Bellucci. There are some very “sexy” scenes as well as some “harrowing” scenes of Malèna at the hands of her tormentors. There is also some humour which mainly revolves around Renato’s need to “fulfil” himself.

There are some downsides of course. It’s in Italian (English subtitles) and whilst this is not an issue for myself I know it’s not everybody’s “cup of tea”, plus of course it’s not one to watch with the children around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2011
A wonderfully gorgeous sumptuous film, typical of the kind of film that made you look at women in "that" way as a boy (or indeed as a man).

Gorgeously filmed, wonderfully acted, this is a real feast for the senses.

And the sound track is also wonderful.

A cinematic feast for the eyes and ears.

5 stars plus.

So, is Monica Belluci the greatest French Film star or Italien ? Who cares, she is lovely.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2002
The strongpoints for this DVD are the cinematography and the first class acting. Tornatore has been struggling gamely to repeat the success of his Cinema Paradiso and this is probably the closest he has come. It is quite similar to that production in that it works on several emotions - quite often you dont know whether to laugh or cry. The stunning Monica Bellucci, who is as beautiful (and similar to) Isabelle Adjani makes an impressive debut. Morricone's music is up to the usual high standard but (for me at least) after 400 or so film scores it sounds a bit samey. Some scenes are a bit hard to bear/believe and the best bits are the comedy scenes where Tornatore has always excelled. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2011
I added this comment only in order to get the star rating up. I really enjoyed this beautiful and excellently made master piece. Monica Bellucci lights the screen up in all her scenes, and is well supported by the other actors in this film.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2004
Monica Belucci plays the eponymous character - that's good enough for me!
Seriously, the film is a parable about attitudes in a small Italian town during World War II, but it could be set anywhere. The boy's performance and his devotion to Malena despite her fall from grace is admirable and it's easy to sympathise with him. The film spreads the moral syrup a bit too thick for my liking, but there's no denying the powerful impact of some scenes, ranging from the intimate to the horrifying (Malena's public humiliation).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2012
Bellucci should do more of these types of films, performance is great, cinematography is magnificant.
The story is really good and i've added it to my collection.
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