The film is great when it doesn't try to visualize Leopardi's poems. The first part, set in Recanati, is beautifully filled with poetry and emotion. The second part is a bit calligraphic. Martone's film is definitely not about poetry but politics. Germano is monumental.
I wish Martone made this film twenty years ago. I would have appreciated Giacomo Leopardi's opus much more (and who knew that the Poet of Cosmic Pessimism was a gelato freak?). And now that the Zibaldone is finally available in English, all I want is a zabaglione gelato.
Finalmente Martone ci regala una pellicola italiana fuori dalle righe e lo fà con una notevole cifra stilistica,una messa in scena cupa ed adeguata ed una bellissima commistione tra poesia e musiche.Germano è bravo,esprime bene la complessità ed il pessimismo di Leopardi(pur risultando a volte eccessivamente didascalico) ed il film spazia bene tra i vari periodi,denotando continuità e profondità di concetti....bravi.
What a shame. The movie could have been a masterpiece, Elio Germano is good but the narrative is truly weak. Bits of poetry here and there cannot make up for the most evident flaw of the movie: it does not build up an emotional 'connection'. It feels disjointed, unfulfilled.
I saw this at the Charleston Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film festival yesterday as "Leopardi." I swear we saw a version that was less than 2 hours long. Maybe it would've made more sense if the extra 20m-30m was left in there
A beautifully lyrical film based on the life and works of Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi, masterly played by Elio Germano. Highly recommended: this film is honest, faithful and respectful, as well as very aesthetically pleasing. Plus, the choice of soundtrack is one of the highlights of the film.