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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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Giuseppe Tornatore's beautifully photographed Melena comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 that does the gorgeous cinematography justice. An Italian soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English and Spanish

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Giuseppe Tornatore's beautifully photographed Melena comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 that does the gorgeous cinematography justice. An Italian soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette, the theatrical trailer, and television promotional spots. This is an expensive disc, but it is certainly worth the money, especially for anyone looking for something outside the Hollywood mainstream.

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:
07/10/2001
UPC:
0786936145090
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:32:00

Special Features

"The Making of Malèna"; Theatrical trailer; TV spots; French language track; Spanish subtitles; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen [2.35:1] enhanced fro 16x9 televisions

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

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits: Bicycles, War And Beauty [1:30]
2. "Shut Up And Watch!" [1:30]
3. Measuring Up [2:11]
4. Skipping School For Malèna [2:43]
5. Long Pants And A Promise [1:59]
6. "Ma L'Amore No" [1:39]
7. A Stroll Through The Streets [2:12]
8. Going Blind [5:41]
9. Mourning With Malèna [4:56]
10. Malèna's Protector [1:53]
11. Prisoner Of The House [3:16]
12. Dishonor For Malèna [4:34]
13. Gossip And A Lawyer [3:06]
14. "Ill-Fated, Alone And Beautiful" [3:36]
15. The Lawyer's Retribution [2:52]
16. Unrequited Love And Long Pants [5:28]
17. Aerial Assault [2:34]
18. "In The Lord's Hands" [2:53]
19. A New Malèna [2:47]
20. "Possessed By The Devil" [1:57]
21. "A Wicked End" [5:01]
22. A Love, Lost [3:53]
23. Nino Scordia's Return [3:22]
24. Renato's Reply [1:01]
25. Regaining One's Dignity [3:10]
26. End Credits [4:42]

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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
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
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!