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This 148-minute (far too long) film is so confusing that you're not
sure at times if you're watching a film in 'real' time or watching
flashbacks on flashbacks.
The movie is based on two real characters -- actors Luise Ferada
(Monica Bellucci) and bombastic Osvaldo Valenti (Luca Zingaretta) --
who were big movie stars in fascist Italy before and during the Second
World War. Despite the film's length, their motivations and
personalities are never really explored. We know that they're cocaine
users and so consumed with themselves that they are basically
indifferent to the fascism that ultimately does them in.
This is a film that should be alive with the frenetic tempo and
intrigue of the times, but it's instead oddly static. It is difficult
to imagine at times that a war is going on all around the many
characters who weave in and out of the frames -- so many in fact that
the viewer starts losing track of who is a fascist, who is a resistance
fighter (partisan) or who, like the lead characters, is basically a
person who doesn't much care one way or the other.
This film should have been far more interesting, engrossing and
exciting, but it settles instead for a confusing love affair and a
strange, leisurely pacing that undermines the film throughout. The
director, Marco Giordana, must take responsibility for this.
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