Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Moretti's best (thus far)

I've received and watched Il Caimano, Moretti's latest. Not his best work, but entertaining and thought-provoking. My favorite Nanni Moretti films, in this order:
  1. Caro Diario - A classic. Shot in three "chapters," this film is probably my all-time favorite film. There are so many quiet - and funny - moments as Moretti playfully cruises around Rome on his Vespa, looks for a tranquil spot to write his script, and deals with the frustration of illness.
  2. Palombella Rossa - Hard to find but well worth it. Moretti is a middle-aged water polo player who has lost his memory. A metaphor for the radical political change in Italy, it's about adapting to an ever-changing world.
  3. Aprile - Moretti stars as a film director who doesn't want to grow up, and he's having a son. Filmed over 4 years, it captures many small moments that make up a well-lived life.
  4. The Son's Room - A heartbreaking drama about dealing with the loss of a child. Moretti's most serious role, and one of his best. I would put this higher in my rankings, but it's a difficult film to watch, whereas his previous films can be watched multiple times.
  5. Il Caimano - A drama that examines the rise of the past Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. But it's more than that. It's also a drama about a family falling apart. There were tender parts, and some funny ones, but I'll have to watch it again to see what I missed. It helps to read up on the last few years of politics in Italy to get some of the references.
I currently have La Seconda Volta on order, a film produced by Moretti's film company and starring him as well.

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