Sicilian Ghost Story
Nico, 1988streaming 2017
The setting is Rome today, and the central figure is Matteo Riccardo Scamarcio , a seemingly insouciant entrepreneur specialising in snazzy 3D digital installations for museums, businesses and even, as an amusing early sequence shows, the Catholic Church. Matteo also has a family who are slightly more grounded, with altogether down-to-earth problems: his brother Ettore Valerio Mastrandrea is a teacher in their provincial hometown, whose marriage to Michela Isabella Ferrari is coming to an end after he has fallen for a younger colleague Jasmine Trinca. Much of the drama focuses on the tender but increasingly testy relationship between the brothers, who especially bond during a comic visit to Medjugorje in Bosnia, where the Virgin Mary is said to make regular appearances not remotely religious, Matteo needs to do some Madonna research for his church project. Carlo Di Palma, who has died aged 79, was one of those Italian cinematographers who, like the masters of light of the Renaissance, gained the respectful title of maestro. He first won international recognition in as director of photography on Michelangelo Antonioni's first colour film, The Red Desert, and worked on the same director's Blow Up , filmed in London. Di Palma was born into a poor Roman family; his mother was a flower seller on the Spanish Steps. He worked as an assistant cameraman to one of the first maestri of postwar Italian cinematography, Gianni Di Venanzo, and, in , was his cameraman for the film that Francesco Rosi co-directed with Vittorio Gassman of the actor's stage performance as Edmund Kean.
At Cannes Festival, the film, which opened the Semaine de la Critique , received a great welcome, long applauses and aroused emotion. It's a really nice and exciting movie, suspended between reality and fantastic size, and set in a Sicily far away from stereotyped images, rare and of unusual naturalistic beauty. The film is inspired by a dramatic event of chronicle: the kidnapping and killing of Giuseppe di Matteo , the son of a mafia's "repentant" in Santino, Giuseppe's father, was a man at the service of boss Giovanni Brusca. When he began to cooperate with justice, Brusca himself ordered the seizure and then the assassination, after days, making him disappear into the acid.
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