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Splendor (1989)

Jordan, forced to close his movie theater due to financial problems, recalls the events, the characters and the films that marked his life.

Director:

Ettore Scola

Writer:

Ettore Scola
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Jordan
Massimo Troisi ... Luigi
Marina Vlady ... Chantal Duvivier
Paolo Panelli Paolo Panelli ... Signor Paolo
Pamela Villoresi Pamela Villoresi ... Eugenia
Giacomo Piperno Giacomo Piperno ... Il cavaliere Lo Fazio
Mauro Bosco ... Il padre di Jordan
Ferruccio Castronuovo Ferruccio Castronuovo ... Cocomero
Nicoletta Della Corte Nicoletta Della Corte ... Irritated young spectator
Giada Desideri Giada Desideri ... Friendly young spectator
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Don Arno
Giovanni Febraro Giovanni Febraro ... Le Fazio's administrator
Filippo Greco Filippo Greco ... Jordan age 11
Ilaria Liotta Ilaria Liotta
Benigna Luchetti Benigna Luchetti ... Giovanna
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Storyline

Splendor is the name of an old movie theater managed by Jordan (Mastroianni), who inherited it from his father. The theater is in decay and only generates debts and trouble, but Jordan gets aid in his almost quixotian quest from projectionist Luigi (Troisi) and ushurette Chantale (Vlady). However, Jordan is finally forced to sell the Splendor to businessman Lo Fazio (Piperno), which plans to transform it in some kind of furniture store. When Jordan leaves the theater for the last time (the very first scene), he recalls the glorious days of Splendor and movies in general. Written by Ivan Antezana <pcreat@amauta.rcp.net.pe>

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Drama

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

9 March 1989 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Esplendor See more »

Filming Locations:

Arpino, Frosinone, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship certificate # 84410 delivered on 2-2-1989. See more »

Quotes

Luigi: "Come here and have a sip of dreams with me. My spirit is free. I feel well, very well." Ray Milland, The Lost Weekend.
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References Revolution (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Grand March (Triumphal March) from Aida
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Written by Giuseppe Verdi
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Fantastic! A forgotten gem!
13 March 2006 | by zoni4316See all my reviews

I first saw this as part of a Massimo Troisi film festival right after Il Postino became a success in the US. It was my favorite of the 5 films shown. I am still amazed at how few people know if this film considering that it has a big name Italian director and 2 of the biggest Italian stars of all time.

This movie does have some similarities to Cinema Paradiso which was released at about the same time. That could explain why Splendor did not find a larger audience. But regardless, this is certainly is a magical and touching film that stands on its own.

The film was re-issued in Europe on Blu-Ray and DVD in 2013. Unlike the earlier DVD release the new version does have English subtitles! If you are a fan of Italian film you really need to see this! Highly recommended!


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