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Allegro Non Troppo

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  • Actors: Maurizio Nichetti
  • Directors: Bruno Bozzetto
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: San Paolo
  • Run Time: 81.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CCTCVO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,982 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Un regista, deciso a fare un film a disegni animati su brani musicali celebri, nonostante gli telefonino da Hollywood per dirgli che qualcuno ha già realizzato "Fantasia", mette insieme un'orchestra di "vecchiacce" e la porta al Donizetti di Bergamo. Quindi, mentre un corpulento e confusionario Direttore d'orchestra, suggerisce i brani al Disegnatore che, reduce da 5 anni in catene, cerca ispirazione più nella Ragazza delle pulizie che nei suggerimenti o nella Sgualdrina con la quale viene rinchiuso in un vecchio pianoforte quando, a metà lavoro, i responsabili si rendono conto che la vena dell'artista è troppo triste. Alla fine, il Trovarobe viene spedito in cantina per cercare un finale adatto. Non essendovi riuscito, il Presentatore prospetta idee per un prossimo film.

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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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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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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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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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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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I have waited twenty years to see this film again having seen it on the BBC. The cartoon parts are both visually brilliant and thought provoking. The 'Bolero' march is as much a comment on man's inhumanity to man through evolution as any politcal rhetoric. Think invasion, dispossesion, religious conflict and you get near the message or perhaps there is none. Your call!. The real life interludes involving a geriatric women's orchestra kept locked up and relased only to play for a sadistic conductor is truly bizarre. Surely Italian humour surpasses understanding and thus raises it to an art form in the same way that Monty Python transformed radical humourous thought. Or didn't your call!
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This is a great movie, somewhat a parody of Disney's Fantasia. It is a bit more sophisticated and a bit cheeky - it still is full of cartoons on the background of classical music, but there are no brutal mice chasing cats.
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