"It's impossible to understand. It's one of those things that it's probably better not to think about because it makes you nuts. A painting's fall. When you wake up one morning and discover you don't love her anymore. When you open a newspaper and read that war is broken out. When you see a train and you think: 'I gotta leave this place'. When you look in the mirror and realise you are old."
If you live in a tiny box, it is very difficult to think beyond. The fear of the change, the scare of the new & the different, the only orientation to the past & known, the self-imposed limitation. I guess these are the elements, Mr. Tornatore wanted to visualise. Mr. Roth, he is a fine actor, but not 'the character' for this. The story-line is slant & unplausible (follow the girl!!). The last third is boring.
"Take a piano. The keys begin, the keys end. You know there are 88 of them and no-one can tell you differently. They are not infinite, you are infinite.... But you get me up on that gangway and roll out a keyboard with millions of keys, and that's the truth, there's no end to them, that keyboard is infinite. But if that keyboard is infinite there's no music you can play."
The movie never really comes together, it has a strong concept, an epic scope, and rich themes, but the execution is all over the place and it lacks the emotional punch that some of Tornatore's other films have. The soundtrack is one of Morricone's best, however.