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Vitagraph Films offers Italian director Franceso Munzi’s tale of a family, the sons of goat shepherds, involved in the Derangement criminal organization in the Calabria region of Italy. Set against a bleak rural community, the growing unease between the Carbone and Barracas begins to slowly boil to steam. There are only two members of the cast which may seem familiar to U.S. audiences. Luigi, who runs things for the Carbones, is played by Marco Leonardi who first won our attention in popular Italian imports “Cinema Paradiso” and “Like Water for Chocolate.”
One of the Carbone’s muscle men, Miguel, is played by Carlos Bardem, Javier’s older brother, and has appeared in films of many nations. One does really get sense of time and place in this movie set in a contemporary time period, and the shots and scenes are longer and quieter than any U.S. made movie would ever dare to be, allowing you to study the magnificent expressive nature of the faces of the Italian actors, each one offering excellent performances.
There is violence, but not as much as you would except. It is really a tale of respect, family tradition and honor, even among gangsters. Only two of three Carbone brothers are involved with the family “business”, the third, Luciano, tends his goats and resents the nature of his brothers work. By the time this all comes to a boil, you’ll see magnificent photography and an unhurried development of the plot that matches the more traditional lifestyle of Italian culture.
There are obvious connections to American-made movie movies like the Godfather, and two unexpected developments that cause some head scratching. Subtitled. One week only, Tower Theatre.
Dior And I
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From The Orchard, an independent distributor based in Los Angeles comes a fascinating look at one of the most established icons of Haute Couture, Dior.
Director Frédéric Tcheng, who is no stranger to this world having been second camera and co-producer of 2008’s “Valentino: The Last Emperor”, offers something that is not so much a documentary as it is a rare glimpse behind one of fashion’s great houses at a key point in its history, where tradition meets a new and creative talent in designer Raf Simon and shares the passion and creative work of artistry that brings fashion to life.
Tcheng cleverly intersperses vintage archival footage (in the correct aspect ratio) of Christian Dior himself from the 1945 beginnings of the leader in French and world fashion, which works in concert with the ongoing implementation of Raf Simon’s new collection from inspiration to reality in just eight weeks.
In the first moments of vintage footage, we hear the familiar voice of Edward R. Murrow, who we will later see in a few frames of his “Person to Person” show where he interviews M. Dior.
Other vintage film segments bring Dior to life as passages of his book of memoirs “Christian Dior et Moi” are read by Omar Berrada which offers beautifully expressed thoughts from the old master such as “Like flowing Sap, the creative spirit runs in the house”.
For Raf Simon, the past is not romantic for him, the future is romantic for him. Following in the footsteps of Doir who established much in the 10 years he operated the company, this is a challenge for Simon to be sure, especially to find a way to be creative within the framework of the Dior world.
One sees Harvey Weinstein, Marion Cotillard, and Sharon Stone in this movie, however the real stars here are the seamstresses, who sew history into each stitch. One seamstress remarks, “His sprit is still here; we still work for Dior.” This film is in English, French, and Italian. Subtitled for English audiences.