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Allegro Non Troppo (1976)

Cast: Nestor Garay, Nestor Garay, Maria Luisa Giovanninni, more...
Director: Bruno Bozzetto, Bruno Bozzetto
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Studio: Homevision
Genre: Parodies, Animation, Cel, Fantasy
Running Time: 85 min.
Languages: Italian
Subtitles: English
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Something of a Fantasia for adults, Allegro Non Troppo intercuts slapstick live-action sequences -- which relay the story of a beleaguered animator's (Maurizio Nichetti) ongoing battle with an Oliver Hardy-like orchestra conductor -- and animated sequences, set to classical music, which visually interpret selected works of Debussy, Dvorak, Ravel, Sibelius, Vivaldi, and Stravinsky. The liveliest piece, set to Ravel's Bolero, delineates a series of "spontaneous generations" from an abandoned Coke bottle. The most haunting piece, set to Sibelius' Valse Triste, depicts a forlorn cat wandering the ruins of a condemned building and constantly hallucinating that he is back in the lap of luxury. Allegro Non Troppo is the brainchild of gifted Italian animator Bruno Bozzetto. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • "The Best of Bruno Bozzetto" - 10 short films by Bozzetto
  • "I Mondi di Bozzetto" - Italian TV Documentary including interview with Bozzetto and actor Maurizio Nichetti

GreenCine Member Reviews

Very enjoyable Italian animation anthology by ColonelKong March 2, 2004 - 9:08 AM PST
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
If you have any kind of interest in animation at all, I'd highly recommend that you rent this disc. A couple of the animated segments are just so-so, but the good ones make this film worth seeing. While I thought that they sometimes went on just a little too long, the live-action framing sequences in this film are sometimes rather amusing and blend live-action and animation in clever ways. Very early on, the film acknowledges that blending animation and classical music isn't the most original idea around, but Allegro Non Troppo is about as far from a Fantasia knock-off as you can get, as it has a very Italian sense of humor and a trippy late 60s/70s sensibility. My favorite segment was the one that told a story (sans dialog) of evolution on an alien planet (set into motion by a discarded coke bottle!) set to Ravel's Bolero. I also liked the next-to-last one that was set to Stravinsky's The Firebird a lot. I liked all of the animated segments in this film, and the ones that were just so-so were pretty short.

The extras on this DVD also make it well-worth a rental. Ten of Bruno Bozetto's short films were included, my favorites being Striptease (much better than the Demi Moore one, and only 2 minutes long!) and the weird and wacky Baeus. A 40-minute documentary on Bruno Bozzetto is also included, and it's well-worth watching. It includes several clips of Bozetto's other films, some of the Flash short films he's done within the past few years can be viewed for free at

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.87)
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surreal & ideal
Guarenteed to make you think, spin, laugh, or just turn off the telly in disgust of the images or pretense. Some of my favorite films. Unavailable that should be on list include: The Wild Wild World of Jane Mansfield, The Reflecting Skin, Salo.

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