"Shortly after World War II, Italy grants asylum to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret).
"Shortly after World War II, Italy grants asylum to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret). Because he receives mountains of mail, the unemployed Mario (Massimo Troisi) is hired as a temporary letter carrier. The naive dreamer is fascinated by the aesthete. Mario believes that if he could talk and write like Neruda, he would easily win the heart of the beautiful Beatrice! So Neruda is to teach him the magic power of words..."
"'È una metafora' is, along with 'Voglio una donna!", probably one of the most famous Italian film quotes. However, it comes from the film of a Brit, Michael Radford, who transposed a Chilean story to Italy. Antonio Skármeta had already filmed his novel 'Ardiente paciencia' about the friendship of a simple letter carrier with the poet Pablo Neruda, who lives in exile on an island. But it was the combination of the great Massimo Troisi, who was actually playing for his life in this remake, with the grumpy charm of Philippe Noiret and the sensuality of Maria Grazia Cucinotta as the object of the letter carrier's awkward poetic love that turned the material into an Oscar-winning hit movie."
Michel Bodmer, Filmodium
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108 min. color. 35 mm. I/d/f Director: Michael Radford Screenplay: Michael Radford, Massimo Troisi Cinematography: Franco Di Giacomo Editing: Roberto Perpignani Music: Luis Bacalov With: Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret, Maria Grazia Cucinotta
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