4.5 Love is sunshine, love is triangle and love is a delightful battle in "Treno populare", incandescent debut feature from an Italian masterful craftsman Raffaello Matarazzo, in which mariage of fulminating sounds and voices in train is pulsatingly exuberant while hilarious, devoted liberation of love on the ground full of pure beauty makes us smile, pinned down as a coruscating hymn for life in the 30's Italy.
Rarely has the abundance of life in its simple pleasures and clumsy interruptions been portrayed on film with such vivacity and gregariousness as in Matarazzo's early gem. The opening sequence at the train station announces a sympathetically comic look on human craftiness in issues of courtship in a film replete with lyrically-infused shots from various distances and angles while the songs reverberate with pure joy.
A wonder! Delicate & generous, the rhythm of the train providing a bass line for visual comic improvisation at times, the film mixes documentary and Brilliantined artifice with the lightest of touches, at one point converting the entire countryside into a stage set for a musical. It reminds one of the unconventional conventionality of some early Russian "american style films". O I'll just shut up & enjoy the buzz.