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Baaria 2009

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3.8 out of 5 stars (47) IMDb 6.9/10
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Baaria is Sicilian slang for Bagheria where Tornatore was born and this is an autobiographic epic of three generations in the Sicilian village where he was born.

Starring:
Leo Gullotta, Giorgio Faletti
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 25 minutes
Starring Leo Gullotta, Giorgio Faletti, Francesco Scianna, Enrico Lo Verso, Margareth Madè, Raoul Bova
Director Giuseppe Tornatore
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio entertainment one
Rental release 10 January 2011
Main languages Italian
Subtitles English
Original title Baarìa

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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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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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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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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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Following a huge success like "Cinema Paradiso" was never going to be easy and this isn't quite in the same league as its famous
predecessor about Italian life. There is, however, much to enjoy in the process, occasionally confusing in its story-telling though
it seemed to me. Tornatore is a born story-teller with a marvellous eye for the cinematic medium and I am glad to have added
this to my DVD film collection at a modest and attractive cost.
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It looks fantastic and it could have been a great film, but it suffers from being too ambitious. It's too long, the plot is too meandering, and you never have the opportunity to really connect with any of the characters.
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A Great Film - I give it five stars!Can't say enough about the interleaving of episodes of Peppino's life.I watched this with a Sicilian friend who was enchanted by the art and realism of the themes -no pulling punches when it came to the Mafia!
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Young lad growing up in wartime Sicily- cinema, Allied bombing - I seem to remember Fellini portraying this too. An OK film but not as atmospheric as I'd imagined it would be. English sub-titles. When 1,2,3 was counted out it wasn't uno, duo, tre, so I presume Sicilian dialect was in use.
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