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Terrorists, Italian Style, Three Decades Previous
written by talltale April 7, 2006 - 4:35 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Marco Bellocchio's GOOD MORNING, NIGHT is about Italian terrorists (the Red Brigade) of the late 70s and the kidnapping of Italian premier Aldo Moro. Many of us followed this strange and nearly two-month-long chapter in the history of violence, and so Bellocchio's film will strike a chord, but very likely a much different chord--minor key, quiet, serious, humane and impressive--than expected.

The writer/director combines psychology, sociology and politics in a worthwhile, thought-provoking manner that is always compassionate but never syrupy. There are countless small moments and bits of dialog--how Moro deduces the presence of a woman in the house--that, though completely imagined, seem absolutely truthful. Bellocchio has created an homage to Moro and a dirge for what might have been, had people reasoned a bit better with themselves and each other. Interestingly, the presence of the wonderful Italian actor Luigi LoCascio as the most aggressive of the terrorists is in direct opposition to his role that same year in "The Best of Youth." Maya Sansa is also fine in the lead, as are Roberto Herlitzka as Moro and Paolo Briguglia as a sweet and thoughtful co-worker who tries to imagine the kidnapping as theatre piece.

The Pope, the police, the politicians--they're all present and accounted for, yet no one can help the situation. And it is Moro who comes off, finally, in the best light. This is a memorable piece of work that shows a former young rebel of a filmmaker to have matured rather beautifully and exceptionally. I can't wait to see his '"My Mother's Smile," due out on DVD next month (May 2006).


(Average 7.76)
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