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Antonio is a jolly and precise guy working for an auto factory in northern Italy. He decides to take his wife and two daughters on vacation to Sicily, so that they can finally see his hometown and meet his family. He's excited to show them around and dispel many of their negative stereotypes about Sicilians. He even dispels stereotypes about the mafia, saying that being a mafioso as a teen amounted to just being a messenger boy. But as Antonio reconnects with his past in Sicily, he finds out that there are more sides to being a Sicilian than he remembers.Written by
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The planned bridge across the Strait of Messina that Nino talks about on the ferry never materialized. The Romans talked about building one made of boats and barrels but never did. Charlemagne talked about it but never did. The Normans talked about it but never did. Proposals for a bridge or a tunnel to span the strait were made several times in the 18th and 19th centuries, but were never implemented. In 1953, nine years before this movie was made, the plan that Nino refers to was a bridge that would have been the longest suspension bridge in the world. The project was finally cancelled in 2006, only to be revived in 2009 and cancelled again in 2013. See more »
[seeing a dead person in a bed surrounded by people eating]
It's nothing. A man died. It's an old custom. His friends are throwing a party for him.
[to one of the mourners with a plate of food]
Cumbari. How'd he die?
Man at wake:
[with urgency to the driver]
Right. Let's go!
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I've never seen black and white film look so rich, sensuous and stunningly attractive; Cinematographer Armando Nannuzzi hit the nail on the head, creating a very rich and vibrant looking film. At times my mind naturally filled in the colors due to the crisp clarity of all the images, both of natural, rural scenes, and modern, city/industrial settings.
Art director Carlo Egidi masterfully blends the surrounding background of everyday life with his set designs and costumes so that it is impossible to separate the two; truly a mirrored recreation of the day in the life of a modern Sicilian during mid-60's. Each scene is so thought out, and crafted so well that at times their is an almost alien effect, due to the deep endearing political and social dynamics which has become lost in our culture and films today in the 21st century. This effect at times appears exaggerated due to its robust social nature, yet does the job in creating a warm, stunning and beautiful feel to this film.
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