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L'uomo delle stelle (1995)

Director:
Giuseppe Tornatore
AKA
The Star Maker
COUNTRY
Italy
Genre
Drama/Romance
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Stjernenes mann

RUNNING TIME
113 minutes

Producer:
Vittorio Cecchi Gori
Rita Cecchi Gori
Screenwriter:
Giuseppe Tornatore
Fabio Rinaudo


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Joe Morelli Sergio Castellitto ½
Beata Tixtana Lodato
Brigadér Mastropaolo Franco Scaldati -
The Mute Leopoldo Trieste -

 

Review

Giuseppe Tornatore's logical follow-up to Cinema Paradiso boasts a beautiful depiction of 1950s Sicily and its people along with a decent idea: what if someone finally saw you for the potential star you've always felt like? Than man offering that dream is Joe Morelli (Sergio Castellitto), a con artist driving around Sicily offering people screen tests which he claims could make them stars. His immorality is counterbalanced by his own inclination to believe in his own dreams; his motivation is just as much being the bearer of good news and an admired figure as it is to make money. In exploiting people's gullibility, he also believes that he's realizing his own dream, with no regard for the fact that reality will one day catch up with him. Tornatore's direction is full of confidence and spunk. Like Cinema Paradiso, L’uomo Delle Stelle is a tribute to the 20th century – the era of the movie stars and the century when regular people got to experience the rest of the world for the first time. It's a beautiful film full of sorrow and longing, but also a faint, melancholic optimism.

English version: Copyright © 15.02.2020 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright © 27
.08.1996 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang