This is an interesting portrait of a man trying to uncover the secrets of his father and at the same time trying to find his true identity in the middle of a hostile environment. Bertolucci brilliantly displays the tension through the camerawork and editing.
Despite the poor quality of the VHS transfer that I was able to get my hands on, I must say the quality of the cinematography was quite impressive -- something of a masterclass in composition, truly. The writing was impeccable, an inspirational work, without a doubt. The lighting was at times, trying, perhaps experimental to be kind, perhaps the result of a TV budget, yet, didn't take away from overall quality.
A companion piece to "The Conformist" this exceedingly beautiful gaze into the past, transforms the latter into a profoundly pessimistic message about the locomotive of history's eternal delay. De Chirico and Magritte-inspired symmetrical shots of piazzas and flower-conquered villas enhance the oneiric and the mythical in a rare fusion of Plato, Freud, Marx and Borges. An extraordinary stratagem for senses and mind!
A fever dream of a movie about fascist revisionism that justifies itself by its anti-fascist intent, with beautiful use of an empty Italian village. An early, pre-Rivette collaboration by the under-known Eduardo de Gregorio.
Man this movie is worth watching just because there's a midget that gives a headbut in the lower back of some dude and then jumps on his back and the sounds he makes are like a chicken being strangled.
No but seriously the overall quality is shit but if it was nicer this movie would be 5 stars. The last 20 minutes are killer though because the camera is more focused on peoples' faces