Malena

Malena

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Director: Giuseppe Tornatore, Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Federico

Cast: Giuseppe Tornatore, Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Federico

     
 

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A young man's infatuation for a beautiful older woman blooms amidst the outbreak of World War II in this bittersweet comedy-drama from Italy. Renato (Giuseppe Sulfaro) is a 13-year-old boy growing up in a small Sicilian community. Mussolini has risen to power and has declared war upon England and France, but Renato has other things on his mind -- mostly girls. While

Overview

A young man's infatuation for a beautiful older woman blooms amidst the outbreak of World War II in this bittersweet comedy-drama from Italy. Renato (Giuseppe Sulfaro) is a 13-year-old boy growing up in a small Sicilian community. Mussolini has risen to power and has declared war upon England and France, but Renato has other things on his mind -- mostly girls. While hanging out with his friends by the seashore, Renato spies Malèna (Monica Bellucci), the daughter of one of his schoolteachers, whose husband Nino (Gaetano Aronica) is fighting with Mussolini's army. Renato is immediately obsessed with Malèna and follows her like a lost puppy, spying on her whenever circumstances permit and imagining her as his co-star in elaborate erotic fantasies inspired by his favorite movies. Renato, however, is hardly the only man in town to be struck by Malèna's charms, and her beauty leads to resentment from the women of the community. Malèna's circumstances take a turn for the worst after her husband is reported to have died in combat, and she is forced to resort to prostitution to survive; she is brutally attacked by a pack of angry matrons and driven from town. Renato tries to keep track of her, and has some less than encouraging news to report when Nino turns out to be alive and finds his spouse is missing. Malèna was written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, best known for the art-house hit Nuovo Cinema Paradiso; Malèna was released in Europe at 106 minutes, while the American version was edited by ten minutes to tighten the pace and remove nudity and sexual material considered too strong for the U.S. marketplace.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The thrills and agonies of an adolescent crush are thoroughly catalogued in Malèna, a charming and emotive period piece from director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso). Set in a small Sicilian town during WWII, the story centers on Renato (Giuseppe Sulfaro), a 13-year-old boy with a hyperactive fantasy life who falls hard for the town's ultra-beautiful twentysomething newlywed, Malèna (Monica Bellucci). Tornatore leaves no stone unturned here in portraying a young man's sexual coming-of-age. There are girlie pictures and squeaky bedsprings galore, in scenes staged with just enough frankness to make the material seem fresh. He also creates his own version of Fellini's Amarcord, bringing the town to life as a circus of eccentrics -- folks who pray and gossip with equal fervor, while radio reports in the background track the war's progress. Meanwhile, Renato's imagination is explored through a series of fantasy sequences that reflect his obsession with movies. Sulfaro brings a perfect earnestness to his portrayal of Renato, while Bellucci's portrayal of Malèna is carefully understated, with few lines and a mere handful of carefully chosen emotional moments. She has supermodel looks, to be sure, but she is seen for the most part through Renato's eyes and functions as an empty vessel into which he pours his distilled adolescent adoration. Add an Oscar-nominated soundtrack by the legendary Ennio Morricone, and you have a film that is Italian on the surface but Hollywood at its core, a sweeping, irony-free story where love conquers all.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2016
UPC:
0031398244042
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
12,399

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Monica Bellucci Malena Scordia
Giuseppe Sulfaro Renato Amoroso
Luciano Federico Renato's father
Matilde Piana Renato's mother
Pietro Notarianni Professor Bonsignore
Gaetano Aronica Nino Scordia
Gilberto Idonea Centorbi
Adele Daniele Actor
Giovanna Litrico Actor
Gianluca Guarrera Actor
Michel Bramanti Actor

Technical Credits
Giuseppe Tornatore Director,Screenwriter
Gaetano Carito Sound/Sound Designer
Bruno Cesari Set Decoration/Design
Francesco Frigeri Production Designer
Lajos Koltai Cinematographer
Fabrizio Lombardo Executive Producer
Alberto Mangiante Asst. Director
Maurizio Millenotti Costumes/Costume Designer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Massimo Quaglia Editor
Mario Spedaletti Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Malena
1. Chapter 1 [9:35]
2. Chapter 2 [11:07]
3. Chapter 3 [9:24]
4. Chapter 4 [9:20]
5. Chapter 5 [10:55]
6. Chapter 6 [10:37]
7. Chapter 7 [10:22]
8. Chapter 8 [9:41]
9. Chapter 9 [6:12]
10. Chapter 10 [4:46]

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Malena 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Er1ka More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie in 2006 while in Kuwait. It was the best movie I have ever seen, the movie had English subtitle but reading them was not necessary. It just had such natural flow to it that you knew exactly what was going on. This movie its a MUST see, you wont regret it !!!
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No1NewAuthor More than 1 year ago
This is definitely one of my favorite movies of all time! Besides being drop-dead gorgeous, Monica Bellucci's acting is incredible as Malena. You can't help but love & pity her. The story pulls you in from the begining with both drama & light comedic moments as well. The little boy in the film is great. His coming of age tale intertwined with Malena's hardships will leave you in an even greater appreciation for Italian Cinema! Superb!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A delight for the senses. A thoughtful, heart wrenching and, at times, humorous coming of age tale. A must see film!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing movie. Though I'm kinda biased because Monica Bellucci is one of my favorite actresses, this film really does hit you like few do. The visuals are excellent and the acting is superb. Its a believable coming of age story set during WWII in Sicily (the city it was filmed in is Siracusa which is gorgeous in and of itself) and I highly recommend this to any fans of foreign films or great movies in general