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Il Postino (The Postman)-DVD Review *** 01/27/2011

Posted by Films to consider in Comedy, Italian language film, Light Drama, Romance.
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Il Postino The Postman (Italian) 1994

Winner of numerous awards for best foreign language film and best score, and nominated for others, including:
Winner, Best Music, Original Dramatic Score (Luis Bacalov), Academy Awards
Nominated, Best Actor (Troisi-posthumously); Best Director; Best Picture; Best Screenplay Adaptation, Academy Awards

Directed by Michael Radford
Starring Massimo Troisi, Phillipe Noiret, and Maria Grazia Cucinotta

This film is usually classified as a comedy, and certainly there are many comedic elements to it. More than that, it is the heartwarming story of Mario (Troisi), a gentle and simple postman who falls for Beatrice (Cucinotta), a beautiful woman from his village, but is too shy to speak to her. He meets the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (Noiret), and, as their friendship develops, the postman’s own inner poet awakens. Soon he is able to win the love of Beatrice and even stand up for and express his own beliefs.

Troisi, a famous Italian comic actor, was suffering from heart failure during the filming, and he died on the last day of production. His portrayal of the postman is so natural and unassuming that it’s easy to forget he is acting a part.

Pablo Neruda was a Chilean poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. There is a CD compilation of Neruda’s poems read by a group of actors and singers, but I was unable to find further information about it.

The beautiful award-winning score was composed for the film by Luis Bacalov.

108 min. Rated PG.

For info about the music:
The Postman (Il Postino): Music From The Miramax Motion Picture Soundtrack (1994 Film)

For more info about the DVD:
Il Postino

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