Gabriele Muccino (born 20 May 1967) is an Italian film director. He is the elder brother of actor Silvio Muccino, who often appears in his brother’s films.
Born in Rome, Gabriele Muccino gained success with films such as L’ultimo bacio (One Last Kiss) and Remember Me, My Love (Ricordati di me).
He is currently making a switch to directing Hollywood films after L’ultimo bacio won the Audience Award for World Cinema at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival bringing him to the attention of the American film industry. Muccino was handpicked by Will Smith to serve as the director of The Pursuit of Happyness. Muccino said in a later interview, “Will had to defend me as a choice to the studio; I could barely speak English and I could barely express my vision. I felt protected and that I could push my ideas even when they weren’t totally conventional. The reason why I found respect, and respect for my ideas, was because of Will.” Muccino also directed Smith’s later film, Seven Pounds… read more
It's propaganda in nature, and I would imagine that so many lap this up and internalise the values it presents without questioning. It does not have much to offer but the trite belief that one can only be happy with material wealth and success. It's shallow. It feels preachy. The title's annoying, too.
Potevano chiamarlo: fatte un'altra corsa, Will. Un film quasi ignobile nella sua propaganda capitalista: se sei povero sei patetico e rubi alla gente (e negro); se sei ricco sei felice e gentile (e bianco). Tra l'altro l'idea di partenza di un'idiozia unica: stai senza un soldo e investi centomilioni in attrezzature mediche. La regia è discreta, e Smith non è un cane come al solito. Perlomeno corre bene.