Film review: The Beautiful Summer by Laura Luchetti

Mar 20 2024
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Prepare to be transported to a mesmerising world of vintage charm and timeless elegance with The Beautiful Summer. Set against the backdrop of Turin in 1938, this Italian cinematic masterpiece captures the essence of a bygone era with breathtaking cinematography and heartfelt storytelling. Italian film-makers have a knack for recreating the drama and romance of early 20th-century life, and The Beautiful Summer is no exception. From the meticulously crafted vintage clothing to the poetic ambience that infuses every frame, it’s clear that capturing the spirit of the past is truly an Italian ‘thing.’ Whether you’re a connoisseur of sophisticated storytelling or simply appreciate timeless elegance, The Beautiful Summer is a must-see.

Catch a screening at the Cinema Made in Italy 2024 festival at Cine Lumiere this week and immerse yourself in its captivating beauty and profound storytelling.

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Film review: There’s Still Tomorrow by Paola Cortellesi

Mar 18 2024
Film There's Still Tomorrow by Paola Cortellesi

“There’s Still Tomorrow” is a 2023 Italian comedy-drama film, directed by Paola Cortellesi in her directorial debut. Set in 1940s Italy, it follows Delia as she breaks traditional family patterns and aspires to a different future after receiving a mysterious letter that pushes her to reverse gender roles.

I found myself deeply moved by the story, which portrays the harsh female condition in post-war Rome, Italy. I admired the director’s use of contemporary music (versus period tunes) in significant scenes, integrating it into the narrative rather than using it merely as a soundtrack (such as the ‘dance fight’ between the couple). The daughter, husband, father, and neighbourhood were all portrayed in a very realistic manner, offering a slice of life.

“There’s Still Tomorrow” will be shown at Cinema Made in Italy at Cine Lumiere in South Kensington this week.

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Film review: Comandante starring Pierfrancesco Favino

Mar 17 2024
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Comandante (The Commander in English) by Edoardo De Angelis is a majestic cinematic masterpiece rooted in the true story of corvette captain Salvatore Todaro, a man who, during World War II, distinguished himself with an extraordinary act of humanity amidst the horrors of war. The film manages to convey the drama of those events intensely and empathetically, immersing the viewer in the dangers and tensions of a submarine at war, as well as in the emotional and moral depths of its protagonists.

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