The story in the film is not as well developed as it could have been, the film is somewhat irregular, but I've enjoyed it quite a bit. And in fact one of Appassionata's rather shocking conceits is that there really isn't a tragedy involved in terms of the unsettling sexual dalliances portrayed within its story, at least not tragedy in the traditional sense. The overall appearance of this transfer is on the soft side, and there are a certain moments where things get even softer for a while, leading at times to an almost Impressionistic ambience see screenshot 13. The fact that some curmudgeons ahem have the time to think about issues like this is perhaps indicative of certain narrative deficits in Appassionata, a film which features a once celebrated concert pianist now on the verge of a nervous breakdown if not there already , and a film which not to state the obvious takes its title from one of the most famous pieces in piano literature, Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. Despite the film's title, there's a curiously dispassionate, almost clinical, approach that Calderone takes with this inherently disquieting content.
For more about Appassionata and the Appassionata Blu-ray release, see published by Jeffrey Kauffman on June 2, 2016 where this Blu-ray release scored 2. Witkowsky, one of the finest Polish pianists. The whole Elisa sidebar does little to advance the salacious aspects of Emilio's forbidden love, other than to perhaps point out what a duplicitous heel the guy is. Some of the lighting choices tend to limit detail and fine detail, but in the bright environment of the dental office, detail pops more convincingly, especially in some of the extreme close-ups. Watch movies online for free on StreamM4u and M4ufree! Familiar story is enhanced by the presence of Miss Lindfors in one of her last Swedish films before going to Hollywood and by the off-screen piano playing of W. The palette looks very healthy, though, and the general saturation of the transfer is one of its strongest assets. Unlike American Beauty, however, there's not an element of more or less unrequited love leading to tragedy.
While there is grain in this presentation, it's relatively light looking. Emilio's practice and seduces him. The film is directed by Gianluigi Calderone and written by Gianluigi Calderone, Alessandro Parenzo and Domenico Rafele. Anyway, one day, Nicola goes to Dr. This part of the film may make it a personal favorite of middle aged dentists everywhere, but it begs a question one which the film asks in other, potentially even more disturbing ways, with regard to Eugenia about what exactly these young women see in the bland and frankly pretty unappealing Emilio.
There's very little of any age related damage. It can be positively humorous for those who do play the piano, or at least have enough musicality to realize something is a bit off when the soundtrack is full of rapid arpeggiated high frequencies and the actor's hands plod up and down as near solid units, with absolutely no finger movement, in the piano's lower ranges, no less. Release date 1974 Country Language Appassionata also known as Passionate is a. . As I've mentioned now in two relatively recent previous reviews , , there is an almost shocking display of carelessness on the part of some actors when they're called upon to pretend to play the piano, with their hand movements having absolutely nothing to do with the music supposedly being created by them. If you feel that any content on our site in any way infringe your rights as copyrighter do not hesitate and let us know about your problem. Years before shocked the delicate sensibilities of the suburban class with its tale of a middle aged man seemingly controlled by near feral impulses which he himself probably didn't fully understand, Appassionata had already perused much the same landscape, albeit in a more appropriately Italian, and therefore perhaps less emotionally tamped down, manner.
In fact, there are some kind of odd issues with that sweater and other very colorful elements where edges of objects seem to bleed into the surrounding backgrounds. The whole piano subtext or perhaps more appropriately, counterpoint plays out against a fairly lurid story of a dentist named Emilio Rutelli Gabriele Ferzetti whose supposed mid-life crisis is either exacerbated, perpetuated or outright caused by the sexual aggression of one of the comely friends of his teenaged daughter. While performances are very good, the film's sanguine approach toward such provocative material is odd, to say the least. This site allows you to watch movies and tv series without registration. Director: Writers: , , Starring: , , , , Producer: » Appassionata Blu-ray Review Italian Beauty. Appassionata is in some ways the very definition of a European Art Film, but it has a rather tawdry and even smarmy aspect that will make it an acquired taste for many.
But the film has more to offer than sleaze — there is an interesting story and good performances all around; besides the stunning Eleonora Giorgi and Ornella Muti, one should also mention particularly the very good performance of Valentina Cortese, as the mother on the verge of a breakdown. Two teenage friends conspire to find out how much their youthful sensuality can disrupt one of their households, headed by a dentist and his mentally-ill wife. The movie almost plays like a telenovela squeezed through the unlikely prism of a documentarian, with hyperbolically soap operatic elements depicted without much flourish. An established concert pianist and a determined young musician vie for the affections of the lovely Lindfors. Technical merits are good to very good for those considering a purchase.
It's a patently uncomfortable premise, one which co-writer and director Gian Luigi Calderone makes even more uncomfortable by introducing elements of incest, not to mention the psychological unraveling of Emilio's wife Elisa Valentina Cortese , the aforementioned erstwhile concert pianist. And Eugenia, she will also try to catch her father in her net. Deals Reviews Releases Top lists Database Community By genre 75372 58923 16131 12324 8586 55312 13212 4232 35919 7937 8838 88172 9164 2914 22153 35499 2360 20275 3002 10746 2523 30643 1609 6731 4179 26580 6967 22233 2401 913 14148 6113 29390 40064 917 5135 10084 3146 6727 61737 10028 4724 By studio About Appassionata 1974 Appassionata Blu-ray offers decent video and audio, but overall it's a mediocre Blu-ray release Two teenage friends conspire to find out how much their youthful sensuality can disrupt one of their households, headed by a dentist and his mentally-ill wife. As to the mother, the emotionally unbalanced Elisa — crises, the need to smile and a desire to cry. There's a bit of image instability on display during the opening credits, an affliction which recurs a few times later in the presentation.
This is part of what seems to be a somewhat digital look to this transfer, where it seems like some kind of filtering may have been applied, something that adds to the overall softness. It has some sex and nudity scenes taboo-breaking for their time - the beautiful starlets Ornella Muti and Eleonora Giorgi were the main reason why I've ordered this film. Perhaps surprisingly, Elisa and Emilio's daughter Eugenia Ornella Muti doesn't seem overly concerned about the obvious psychological trauma her mother is experiencing, and in fact it takes the urging of Eugenia's friend Nicola Eleonora Giorgi to get Eugenia to even attend to her mother. We do not check the links and have no influence on videos that are hidden behind the streaming link. The content files usually are stored on external sites. Did you find this review helpful? He's a supposedly concerned and attendant husband at one moment, and then a philandering hounddog the next. Weirdly, then, there are stylistic embellishments when the film focuses more on the increasingly fractured world of Elisa.
Emilio feels puzzled, it is as if suddenly he were on a roller-coaster. As is my tradition, I'm recommending the original language track, though it, like the English, has occasional sync issues due to the fact that like most Italian films of its era it was post-looped. Watch, for example, the neckline or cuffs of the sweater as the camera pans around Emilio as he lies on the couch. Emilio Rutelli Gabriele Ferzetti , a dentist; the mother, Elisa Valentina Cortese , a psychologically unstable woman; the daughter Eugenia Ornella Muti , who feels attracted to her father and jealous of her mother, and finally Eugenia's friend, Nicola Eleonora Giorgi , a girl who lives with her aunt — her father is a diplomat and hasn't time for her, and her mother. And actually the love or lust depicted in the film is not unrequited at all, and is generated, at least initially, by Nicola. There's a boxiness to both language presentations here, something that especially noticeable when underscore appears. .