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Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

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Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)
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Set in the tumultuous period of 19th century Italy, St. Michael Had a Rooster tells the story of a romantic idealist and leader of a group of anarchists, Giulio Manieri (Giulio Brogi). Captured and condemned to death, Manieri firmly believes in his political convictions while in prison. After ten years, he meets a group of young revolutionaries who tell him the movement has changed and his beliefs are no longer valid. Feeling he has wasted ten years of his life, Manieri finds himself unable to function in the new outside world. (-DVD Back Cover)

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

Sentenced to life imprisonment for illegal activities, Italian International member Giulio Manieri holds on to his political ideals while struggling against madness in the loneliness of his prison cell. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0069215/plotsummary)

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

What starts as a light-hearted story, as our hero makes a ludicrous attempt to ignite a revolution, quickly turns into a tragic tale of a basically nice guy who tries to preserve his ideals in inhumane conditions. Although the script is an adaptation of a Tolstoy's short story, it looks more like something Kafka would have written if he had had more sympathy for his characters. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0069215/usercomments)

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

For those hard-core Taviani brothers fans, this is a treat. Slow going and with little action, the story recounts the attempts of an anarchist to start a revolutionary movement in rural italy in the late '800s. His attempts fail and is incarcerated for a decade in isolation. Cut off from human contact, in order to keep his mental sanity, he stages simulated political meetings in his cell, and fastasizes gourmet meals while eating prison food. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0069215/usercomments)

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

At the end of the movie, in a rare outing, he exchanges words with a younger and newer generation of political prisoners, but instead of finding common ground, realizes that his ideology has been ignored by the generations that followed. A slow movie, like all Taviani films, but very symbolic. A rare "political" movie, that US audiences might have trouble following without knowing much about the political movements that existed in Europe in the 800s. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0069215/usercomments)

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

The most beautiful scenes can be found at the end of the film, where the splendid and barren landscape of Venetian marshes is used as the adequate setting for the almost unbearably poignant finale. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0069215/usercomments)


Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

Paolo e Vittorio Taviani-San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)