Claudio Noce (2020)
Rome, 1976. Valerio is ten years old and has a vivid imagination. His life as a child is turned upside down when, together with his mother Gina, he witnesses the attack on his father Alfonso by a group of terrorists. From that moment on, fear and a sense of vulnerability dramatically marked the feelings of the whole family. But it is precisely on those difficult days that Valerio meets Christian, a little older boy than him. Lonely, rebellious, and cheeky, he seems to have come out of nowhere. That meeting, in a summer full of discoveries, will change their lives forever.
This is the official synopsis of Padrenostro, a 2020 film directed by Claudio Noce and presented in a competition at Venice 77. Pierfrancesco Favino, extraordinary as always, wins the Volpi Cup for the best male interpretation of the role of assistant commissioner Alfonso Noce. The strongly autobiographical film told through the eyes of Valerio alternates between frightening reality, reassuring imagination, and a sense of constant fear and danger. Excellent proof of Favino, who not only plays but becomes the character to whom he lends his face and body. But the real surprise is the very young Mattia Geraci, perfect in the role of Valerio, the child director’s alter-ego. Recently added to the Amazon Prime Video catalog, it is definitely a movie to see.
One Night in Miami
Regina King (2020)
Miami, Florida, February 25, 1964. A historic match between Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston crowns Clay the world heavyweight champion. Unable to celebrate at the victory site due to Jim Crow laws, Clay goes to the Hampton House Motel. Here he meets his friends Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown to celebrate his success. The four, all engaged in the struggle for the recognition of civil rights, discuss the future of the Afro-American community in America and the need for a revolution.
One Night in Miami, nominated for three Oscars, enters the Prime Video catalog and is a film not to be missed. Adaptation of Kemp Powers ‘ play of the same name from 2013, it mixes reality and fiction with excellent direction and great rehearsals by the performers. King stages the ideals, goals, and conflicts that the director imagines occurring even within the group of these four icons. She also magnifies Speak Now, sung by Leslie Odom Jr. and nominated for the 2021 Academy Awards for Best Song.
Being the Ricardos
Aaron Sorkin (2021)
Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, “Being the Ricardos” is the biographical drama nominated in various categories for the 2022 Oscars, starring Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem. Lucille Ball (Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Bardem) are a couple both in life and on the small screen, where they play Lucy and Ricky Ricardo in the hugely popular drama I Love Lucy. A particularly intense week in 1952 puts both the professional and personal balance of the couple at risk. Their marriage and career, therefore, have come to a critical point and are very close to breaking up. Desi’s betrayals stand out on the front pages of magazines, while Lucille is even accused of having Communist sympathies.
Being the Ricardos is an engaging and thrilling story about love and entertainment. Television is at the center of the narrative focus, with a precise and detailed analysis of the “behind the scenes” interactions between production, professional relationships, discussions, and inconsistencies. Perhaps it could be said that Sorkin’s analysis is far too detailed, but this theme is well balanced by the attention paid to the couple’s relationship between Lucille and Desi, brought to the stage through two truly impeccable interpretations. Javier Bardem and Nicole Kidman are both nominated for the 2022 Oscars in the Best Actor and Actress category; also nominated JK Simmons for Best Supporting Actor.
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