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24 December 2008 @ 01:26 pm
Other film recommendations  

saracura was trying to remember the name of a movie she’d seen a long time ago that she really liked. barondave suggested that it might be Allegro non troppo (beating me to it by several hours), which turned out to be correct. This lead me to post a reply about some other Nichetti movies I’m quite fond of, and I decided to repost what I said about them here in my own journal. I’ve actually been meaning to do so for a while now, so this provided a nice nudge in that direction. Now all’s I have to do is write some thoughts/comments about them, rather than just tossing them out there…

If you like Allegro non troppo, there’s a fair to good chance you’ll also like one of my favorite movies: Volere volare. You might also like The Icicle Thief [Ladri di saponette]. Maurizio Nichetti was involved in all of them in writing, directorial, and acting roles. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, Volere volare has only been released in the States in video tape format [which I see listed from Amazon sellers from $5.95 (oh, and some highway robber is offering a PAL DVD for “only” $85. heh. One of those “whatever the market will bear” kinda guys, I guess)]. The Icicle Thief also seems to be video tape only, but for it Amazon has a “notify me when available” listing.

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Matthew B. Tepperasimovberlioz on December 24th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
Well, there's one seller on eBay who has a LaserDisc of it available. The quality will be better than a VHS, but not as good as a DVD. Maybe you know somebody (Victor?) who knows somebody who could rip the LaserDisc and burn a DVD from it? That would be better than nothing.
Fred A Levy Haskell: xclip- book edge purplefredcritter on December 26th, 2008 05:28 am (UTC)
Hm. Thanks for thinking about it, but I do have the video tape; getting and finding some way to copy a LaserDisc seems just too much effort, especially since the downside of tape (for me, in this case) is more the inconvenience than the quality—IIRC, the quality ain't bad on this one. Which doesn't mean I won't buy it on DVD if it ever comes out in the States in that format.
et in Arcadia egobooapostle_of_eris on December 25th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
The Icicle Thief is one of the greatest weird funny movies of all time. The humor ranges from slapstick to intellectual to throwaway to movie trivia geek. (I love the legos bit!)
Fred A Levy Haskell: xclip- red check animatedfredcritter on December 26th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's quite the movie. I think I started out life inclined to like self-conscious art and then my long association and friendship with Ken Fletcher certainly honed that appreciation.