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Good Morning Babylon (1987)

Good morning Babilonia (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, War | 13 May 1987 (France)
After the bankruptcy of their father's stonemasonry firm, Nicola and Andrea emigrate to America to restore their fortunes. After many adventures and near-disasters, they end up in Hollywood... See full summary »

Writers:

Paolo Taviani (story), Vittorio Taviani (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Spano ... Nicola Bonnano
Joaquim de Almeida ... Andrea Bonnano
Greta Scacchi ... Edna Bonnano
Désirée Nosbusch ... Mabel Bonnano (as Desiree Becker)
Omero Antonutti ... Bonanno aka Babbo
Bérangère Bonvoisin Bérangère Bonvoisin ... Mrs. Griffith
David Brandon ... Grass, Griffith's Production Manager
Brian Freilino Brian Freilino ... Thompson, Griffith's Assistant
Margarita Lozano ... The Venetian
Massimo Venturiello Massimo Venturiello ... Duccio Bonnano
Andrea Prodan Andrea Prodan ... Irish Cameraman
Charles Dance ... D.W. Griffith
Dorotea Ausenda Dorotea Ausenda
Ugo Bencini Ugo Bencini
Daniel Bosch Daniel Bosch
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Storyline

After the bankruptcy of their father's stonemasonry firm, Nicola and Andrea emigrate to America to restore their fortunes. After many adventures and near-disasters, they end up in Hollywood designing sets for D.W. Griffith and marry beautiful actresses, but tragedy strikes with the arrival of World War I, which finds the brothers fighting on opposite sides... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Taglines:

Once upon a time there were Andrea, Nicola and D.W. Griffith...

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy | France | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 May 1987 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Good Morning, Babylon See more »

Filming Locations:

Livorno, Tuscany, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,569, 19 July 1987

Gross USA:

$183,700

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$183,700
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmtre, Rai 1, Films A2 See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was made and released about seventy-one years after D.W. Griffith's Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916). See more »

Goofs

The director D.W. Griffith is sat into his car and looking outside the right window, attracted by the Italian Pavillion of the Universal Expo in San Francisco. He asks the driver to stop, gets down, walks around the car and, on the left side, looks again towards the Pavillion (that should have been on the right side) See more »

Quotes

D.W. Griffith: Never mind. Artists communicate through their work.
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Soundtracks

La Gazza Ladra - Sinfonia
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Giovanni Gherardini [based on "La pie voleuse" by Théodore Baudouin d'Aubigny and Louis-Charles Caigniez ]
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A Tale of Two Brothers
23 September 2018 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Story has two Italian brothers who are stonemasons going to America and eventually finding themselves in California where they eventually find work as part of the team that builds the Italian Towers and the Tower of Jewels for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915.

When legendary movie maker D.W. Griffith sees the film CABIRIA and the exposition lit by searchlights he calls for the Italians to come to Hollywood. He has a grand idea for a film he's making. The films is INTOLERANCE.

The brothers finally break through the bureaucracy surrounding Griffith and design the gigantic elephants and other designs for the massive Babylonian sets for the film. Along the way they marry movie extras and settle into a successful life as artisans in Hollywood. Then comes World War I.

The film by the Taviani brothers has a dreamlike quality that blurs the line between fact and fiction. While Griffith (played by Charles Dance) is front and center in the Hollywood segments, his wife, Linda Arvidson, is never mentioned by name nor is cameraman Billy Bitzer. Aside from Griffith, no real person in Hollywood is mentioned by name.

Vincent Spano and Joaquim de Almeida are fine as the Italian brothers, and Greta Scacchi is good as the doomed wife.

After all the hubbub about INTOLERANCE and much time spent on the building of the sets, there's only a very brief clip from the real film shown.


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