The Taviani Brothers Collection [DVD]

Italian brothers and auteurs Paolo and Vittorio Taviani have collaborated on over 20 movies together in their seven-decade career, and now three of their most notable works are collected here on one DVD. Padre Padrone, about a young shepherd (Fabrizio Forte) who moves beyond his provincial life and abusive father (Omero Antonutti) to discover his full potential, won the 1977 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or. The Night of the Shooting Stars, about a village venturing out to meet the advancing American troops promising to liberate them from German occupation, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. And Kaos, shot on location in Sicily, contains four stories intertwining in an anthology film that stars some of the Taviani Brothers' favorite actors like Massimo Bonetti and Margarita Lozano. In Italian with English subtitles.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Padre Padrone
  • New 2 hour Interview with the Taviani Brothers (Part 1)
  • 2015 Re-release trailers
  • The Night of the Shooting Stars
  • New 2 hour Interview with the Taviani Brothers (Part 2)
  • Kaos

Synopsis

The Night of the Shooting Stars
In Tuscan lore, the evening of August 10th is la notte di san lorenzo (the night of the shooting stars). Each of these stars is believed to grant one wish. In this celebrated film by Italy's Taviani brothers, a woman asks for the words to tell her son about that same night during the last days of World War II. The Nazis occupied Italy and the fascists had mined her small Tuscan village of San Martino. Skeptical of the fascists' promise that all peasants will be safe in San Martino's cathedral, a group of villagers opt to leave and search for the Italian partisans and advancing American forces. Among those to depart is the woman, then only six years old. La Notte di San Lorenzo is the story of the villagers' remarkable exodus, the fate of those left behind, and the partisan struggle against fascism -- lyrically intertwined with their thoughts, loves, fears, and memories, as well as the fantasies of a young girl experiencing the tragedy she perceives to be her greatest adventure. ~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio, Rovi

Kaos
Italy's fraternal filmmaking team of Paolo and Vittorio Taviani whip up another multistoried slice of life in Kaos. "Life," in this case, is seen from the peculiar perspective of author Luigi Pirandello, four of whose pieces are herein adapted. "The Other Son" finds Margarita Lozano making the best of her rocky relationship with her son, who was the product of a rape. "Moonstruck" (no relation to the Cher vehicle of the same name) deals with a newlywed woman who is adversely affected by the full moon. The comedy team of Franco and Ciccio star in "The Jar," a fable concerning a feudal landlord and a merry-prankster jar manufacturer. And in "Conversing with Mother," the Tavianis go their usual route of forcing their characters to face the present by confronting the past by having Pirandello himself (Omero Antonutti) converse with the ghost of his long-departed mother (Regina Bianchi). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Padre Padrone
Based on an autobiographical book by Gavino Ledda, Padre Padrone is filmed in Sardinian, a regional Italian dialect. The film concentrates on a young, barely literate shepherd boy, who lives under the thumb of his tyrannical peasant father. Rescued from his family--and his isolated lifestyle--when called for military service, the boy eventually emerges as a brilliant scholar. Filmmakers Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani have always displayed an uncanny knack for perfectly capturing the manners, mores and thought processes of Southern Italy's working poor. Though the protagonist's father is clearly the villain of the piece, the Tavianis endeavor to understand and explain his point-of-view and the traditional values that have compelled him to treat his son so harshly. Filmed in a stark, straightforward fashion Padre Padrone went on to become the first film ever to win both the Golden Palm and the International Critics' Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Omero Antonutti
    Omero Antonutti - Galvano
  • Margarita Lozano
    Margarita Lozano - Concetta
  • Paolo Hendel
    Paolo Hendel - Dilvo
  • Claudio Bigagli
    Claudio Bigagli - Corrado
  • Massimo Bonetti
    Massimo Bonetti - Nicole
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