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Kaos (1984)

Five stories by Luigi Pirandello set in turn-of-the-century Italy.

Writers:

Luigi Pirandello (stories), Paolo Taviani (screenplay) (as Paolo) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margarita Lozano ... Mariagrazia (segment "L'altro figlio")
Orazio Torrisi Orazio Torrisi ... Comizzi (segment "L'altro figlio")
Carlo Cartier Carlo Cartier ... Il giovane dottore (segment "L'altro figlio")
Biagio Barone Biagio Barone ... Salvatore (segment "Requiem")
Laura Mollica Laura Mollica ... La ragazza / Francesca (segments "L'altro figlio" and "Requiem")
Salvatore Rossi Salvatore Rossi ... Il patriarca (segments "L'altro figlio" and "Requiem")
Franco Scaldati Franco Scaldati ... Don Sarso (segment "Requiem")
Pasquale Spadola Pasquale Spadola ... Il barone (segment "Requiem")
Claudio Bigagli ... Batà (segment "Mal di luna")
Massimo Bonetti Massimo Bonetti ... Saro (segments "Mal di luna" and "Colloquio con la madre")
Enrica Maria Modugno ... Sidora (segment "Mal di luna")
Anna Malvica Anna Malvica ... La madre (segment "Mal di luna")
Regina Bianchi Regina Bianchi ... Madre di Pirandello (segment "Colloquio con la madre") (as Régina Bianchi)
Laura De Marchi ... Nonna di Pirandello (segment "Colloquio con la madre")
Giovanna Taviani Giovanna Taviani ... Madre di Pirandello (segment "Colloquio con la madre")
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Storyline

The film consists of four stories plus epilogue, set in 19th-century Sicily. THE OTHER SON - A mother spends her life waiting for news from her two sons (emigrated to America) while ignoring her third, because he is the reincarnation of the bandit who raped her. MOON SICKNESS - a newly-wed peasant girl discovers that her husband goes mad every full moon. She arranges for a male friend to protect her, but they end up in bed together just as the moon emerges from behind a cloud. THE JAR - a rich landowner hires a master craftsman to repair a giant olive jar, but the craftsman gets trapped inside. REQUIEM - villagers band together in an attempt to force their landlord to let them bury their dead. CONVERSATIONS WITH MOTHER - the writer Luigi Pirandello talks with his aged mother about a story he always wanted to write, but which he never managed to capture in words. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Taglines:

A Canvas of People, Politics, Passion, and Pirandello.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chaos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,412, 16 February 1986

Gross USA:

$325,717
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmtre, Rai 1 See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Zi' Dima: It's not my hunch that's big! It's the mouth of your jar that's narrow!
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Alternate Versions

Theatrical release in Italy did not include the segment "Requiem". See more »

Connections

Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Arietta 'L'ho perduta'
from opera "Le nozze di Figaro"
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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The definitive attestation for Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia
19 February 2004 | by ninnirSee all my reviews

"Kaos" has been the movie that has marked the return of Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia to the cinema, after a parenthesis of some years, during which they had above all participated to variety in television. Shows of happening that they had allowed the two actors to resume their classic repertory that, to the cinema, seemed not to have more much space.

"Kaos" has represented for Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia the definitive attestation of their interpretative abilities, already appreciated from the public who had them always follows, but does not from the critics, that placing them in that comedians zone, above all those coming from the Avanspettacolo, in which Toto' was passed also.

Perhaps has been a sign of the destiny that Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia has had their higher professional acknowledgment interpreting the transposition of a story - "La Giara" - of writer Luigi Pirandello, sicilian, born to Agrigento (Akragas). Who best of Franco could have interpreted the craftsman who materially does not succeed to get rid from the obtained result thanks to its abilities? Who best of Ciccio could have interpreted the owner of that good that cannot use? "La Giara" it is the metaphor of that impossibility to use a good (the art of the comedy) that Franco and Ciccio possessed, but of which they could not draw all the benefits: the acknowledgments of the critic.


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