Italia, 1983, col., 98’, 35mm
di Gabriele Salvatores
Sceneggiatura: Gabriele Salvatores – Fotografia: Dante Spinotti – Montaggio: Gabriella Cristiani – Musiche:
Mauro Pagani – Interpreti: Alberto Lionello, Erika Blanc, Luca Barbareschi, Giuseppe Cederna, Flavio Bucci, Gianna Nannini, Elio De Capitani, Alessandro Haber, Sabina Vannucchi – Produzione: Politecne Cinematografica, Rai – Distribuzione: Gangi Film
[…]It’s not just a Dream turned into a musical, but it’s a real Rocky Shakespeare Picture Show that seeks the fusion of music, image, dance, visionariness and flamboyance typical of midnight movies. […] This is no longer a movie theater genre but a whim in which every juxtaposition of style and period is possible. An old brick factory becomes a castle, comedians arrive in a Topolino car, Theseus and Ippolita dancing the habanera, Oberon roams in Hitchcock’s shower. Inserts stolen form archives and the press, volcanoes, missiles. Salons, caves, dungeons, pale blue forests and dazzling interiors for photographic studios. Fires everywhere and water that drips from moss or pours like waterfalls.
— Alberto Farassino, La Repubblica, 6th September 1983
Gabriele Salvatores was born in Naples on July 30th, 1950. As a very young boy, he moved to Milan. After graduating at the Film Academy of Milan’s Piccolo Teatro, in 1972 he co- founded the Teatro dell’Elfo. He directed a great number of stage productions, among which a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which in 1983 became his debut film as a director and was screened at the Venice Film Festival. In 1986, with Diego Abatantuono and Maurizio Totti, he co-founded Colorado Films the production company which produced all of his movies since, starting from his second feature film, Kamikazen – Ultima notte a Milano (Kamikazen – Last night in Milan) of 1987. With Marrakech Express (1989) he started a trilogy that later on became known as the “trilogy of escape”, including Turné (1990) and Puerto Escondido (1992). In 1991 he directed Mediterraneo, the story of a group of soldiers landing on a remote Greek island during World War II, and losing contact with the headquarters. The following year, Mediterraneo won the Academy Award for the best foreign language film, three David di Donatello awards and the Nastro d’Argento (assigned by the national union of film critics) for best director. After Sud (1993), about a bunch of unemployed protesting in Southern Italy, Salvatores spent a number of years on the project of a sci-fi movie, Nirvana (1997), the story of a videogame character becoming aware of his nature and trying to communicate with the programmer who created him. Two more films, strongly experimental in narrative and style, followed suit: Denti (2000) and Amnèsia (2001). In 2003, he adapted Niccolò Ammaniti’s novel Io non ho paura (I’m not scared), followed by the adaptations of Grazia Verasani’s noir Quo vadis, baby? (2005) and another Ammaniti novel, Come Dio comanda (2008), the latter being shot on location in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. After a metanarrative comedy, Happy Family (2010), Salvatores latest production hit the screen in 2013, Educazione siberiana (Siberian Education), based on the Nicolai Lilin novel. He started shooting his last “teenager fantasy”, Il ragazzo invisibile (The Invisible Boy) in Trieste in September 2013, wrapping up on location in December