Breathtakingly beautiful. The film shows the slight break in reality found in the somber world of Italian Neorealism without coating over the poverty, squalor, and hardships. It touches the heart of anyone who's been moved or transformed by cinema and leaves the viewer feeling utter nostalgia and emotional bliss. It was all perfect. Not much more to say but to please watch it.
to my own surprise, I did not like this film at all. Toto annoyed me endlessly (esp. because how he could not appreciate the difference between jokes, commands, and scolding), the love story feels constructed and cliché... Still, esp. given my increasingly inflated scores on movies, I have to give this 3/5 (7/10) if only for the simple fact that I got a glimpse of the past cinematic experiences and all the old films.
Another movie I last saw in the theater in 1988. Toto as a boy is adorable but the last 30 minutes is the best. "Once upon a time a king gave a feast..." goes the story but later we hear "The thread is broken...What was yours is gone." And before he leaves the town by train as a young man Alberto says "Don't give in to nostalgia. Forget us all." Finally old scratched black and white film and then fin.
This film functions as a love letter to all of cinema, especially to 8 1/2. What this film lacks to that classic film is the earned perspective and scope. This film is still luscious, rich with a moving score and good cinematography. But the film also has an air to it that does not quite work for me, just a little too self-indulgent to truly be a great film. Worth watching, but has some flaws to it.
hard not to love a movie that loves movies so much. gets a little muddled in the second half, and sorta side-steps... what? the conflict? the guy's life? but the first half is so much fun, and the ending is wonderful... it's really more of a 3 but shit, i love movies too
My best friend absolutely loves this movie, so it would feel like a betrayal if I gave it less than 4 stars (even though I'm very tempted to do so). Personally, I'm not a big fan of nostalgia, and I feel all too often we value things more because of nostalgia than because of quality. That's one reason why this movie doesn't affect me much, but for what it's trying to do, it does a great job doing it.