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Maurizio Nichetti - Ladri di saponette

:: DETAILS

Reg./Dir.:
Maurizio Nichetti
Sogg./Story:
Maurizio Nichetti
Scen./Script:
Mauro Monti
Maurizio Nichetti
Fot./Phot.:
Mario Battistoni
Mont./Ed.:
Rita Rossi
Mus.:
Manuel De Sica
Scg./Art Dir.:
Ada Legori
Int./Cast:
Maurizio Nichetti (Antonio Piermattei)
Caterina Sylos Labini (Maria Piermattei)
Renato Scarpa (Don Italo)
Claudio G. Fava (Il critico televisivo)
Heidi Komarek (La modella)
Lella Costa (La segretaria dello studio Tv)
Federico Rizzo (Bruno Piermattei)
Carlina Torta (La madre)
Massimo Sacilotto (Il padre)
Prod.:
Ernesto Di Sarro
Orig.:
Italia / Italy 1989
90' / v.o. italiano / 35 mm


:: PLOT

A TV-dependent family lazily watches a B&W film set in post-war Italy directed by Maurizio Nichetti. The film’s protagonists – Antonio Piermattei, an unemployed worker, his spouse Maria, a housewife with singing ambitions, and their two children, little Paolo and six-year-oldwise- and-studious Bruno – live in a condition of true poverty but the story and atmosphere is constantly interrupted by colorful commercials. During one of them, a short and mysterious black-out takes place and when the light comes back, a model has landed in the B&W film, turning the life of the Piermattei family upside down. Shortly after, Maria ends up advertising detergents. Useless for director Nichetti to try to set back the film’s narration: the commercial contamination has struck his characters, too. While frustrated TV watchers are unaware and notice nothing.

:: BIOGRAHY

Born in Milan in 1948, he is the author, screenwriter, and actor of animated feature films (with Bruno Bozzetto) and a commercial director. His film debut took place in 1978 with the medium short film in 16 mm Magic Show and success arrived in 1979 with Ratataplan, presented at the Venice Festival, a boxoffice hit and an extraordinary silent slapstick set in the underworld of Milan. Ho fatto splash, 1980, and Domani si balla! followed. Nichetti is always the protagonist of his films that live through his gags and his mask that recall the bluntness of Buster Keaton and the swiftness of a cartoon, aside from reflecting the aggressiveness and solitude of contemporary society. In 1989, he directed Ladri di saponette, winning the Festival of Moscow. The film was born from a sudden alteration of reality with surreal inventions and fantasy dimensions dominated by his controlled clownish sadness. After that, he acted in I paladini by Battiato, Bertoldo, Bertoldino e Cacasenno by Monicelli; and Sogni e bisogni by Sergio Citti. With Il Bi e il Ba he’s back to directing,shortly after making another success film: Volere volare (1991), winner of the Festival of Montreal. In 1993, he shot Stefano Quantestorie and in 1997 he directed and starred in Luna e l’altra, winner of the Fantastic Film Festival of Brussels. In his last film, Honolulu Baby, he once again stars in the role of Ingegnere Colombo, the protagonist of Ratataplan.

 

 

  

:: FILMOGRAPHY

1976
Allegro non troppo
1979
Ratataplan
1980
Ho fatto splash
1983
Domani si balla!
1986
Il Bi e il Ba
1988
Méliès 88: Le cauchemar d'un inventeur (TV)
1989
Ladri di saponette
1991
Volere volare
1993
Stefano Quantestorie
1995
Palla di neve
1997
Luna e l'altra
2001
Honolulu Baby


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