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    Added on: 29/12/2001 10:35
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    Malena (UK)

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    A world at war. A young man coming of age. And the woman who changed his life forever
    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 88 mins
    Retail Price: £17.99
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    Malena is an utterly unforgettable story of a boy`s journey into manhood amid the chaos and intolerance of World War II!
    In a sleepy Italian village, the most beautiful woman in town, Malena (Monica Bellucci), becomes the subject of increasingly malicious gossip among the lustful townsmen and their jealous wives. But only her most ardent admirer, young Renato Amoroso (Giuseppe Sulfaro), will learn the untold true story of the mysterious and elusive Malena!

    In a captivating motion picture, the eventual struggles and hardships that Malena must bravely endure serve to inspire Renato to new heights of compassion, courage and independence!

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    `Making Of` Featurette
    Theatrical Trailer

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 Italian

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    Giuseppe Tornatore

    Written By:

    Gaetano Aronica
    Pietro Notarianni
    Matilde Piana
    Luciano Federico
    Giuseppe Sulfaro
    Monica Bellucci

    Casting By:
    Adolfo Onorati

    Soundtrack By:
    Ennio Morricone

    Director of Photography:
    Lajos Koltai

    Massimo Quaglia

    Costume Designer:
    Maurizio Millenotti

    Production Designer:
    Francesco Frigeri

    Harvey Weinstein
    Mario Cotone
    Carlo Bernasconi

    Executive Producer:
    Bob Weinstein
    Mario Spedaletti
    Teresa Moneo
    Fabrizio Lombardo

    Buena Vista

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    8 / 10
    This movie can be described as an Italian teenage boy wet dream, and no, it is not "that" kind of a movie. It beautifully portrays the life in a village in Italy during WWII through the eyes of a teenage boy who falls deeply in love with a mysterious woman who arrives to the village.
    The video transfer is good. While there are a few compressions signs on occasions, the overall quality of the picture is good. The colors are a bit de-saturated, but I believe it is intentional. My disk contained only the fullscreen version of the movie.
    The DD 5.1 (yes, DD 5.1) soundtrack is good. There isn`t much usage of the surrounds (except for the beautiful musical score and a scene towards the end of the movie), but for this kind of a movie it is acceptable.
    The menus are still with music.
    The extras include a short behind the scenes look.
    Bottom line - a nice movie with a touching story.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 15/1/2002 22:43
    7 / 10
    Growing up and becoming a man is tough work. Your voice cracks at inopportune times, you start to find hair in strange places and women began to take on a new beauty you never noticed before.

    Maléna is the Venus de Milo in the flesh who sets the men`s hearts aflame in a small Italian town with her porcelain skin and raven hair. Her daily waltz through the town square is an event men plan their days around. But no heart burns as hot as that of the sexually awakening Renato (Giuseppe Sulfaro), the film`s adolescent protagonist who lurches into manhood with one glimpse of her angelic form.

    Faithful Renato seems to be the only one able to see the personality hidden from everyone else, and his pure romanticism renders him vulnerable to the first painful lesson in becoming a man: Unrequited love is emotion in its purest form but no less bittersweet for its tenderness and purity.

    "Malena" isn't a great film, but it isn't a bad film either. There are some good moments and a workable story that most adult audiences might like. However, others might turn away because the film is foreign and most mainstream audiences don't like to read subtitles. I just found some flaws with the film with its repeatative "overdone moments". If you like a change from the typical Hollywood fare, don`t miss this beautifully photographed Italian movie (with English subtitles).
    posted by Aslan on 21/10/2002 03:50