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I Fidanzati (The Criterion Collection) (1962)

Carlo Cabrini , Anna Canzi , Ermanno Olmi  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carlo Cabrini, Anna Canzi
  • Directors: Ermanno Olmi
  • Writers: Ermanno Olmi
  • Producers: Goffredo Lombardo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000093NR2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,646 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Fidanzati (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Exclusive new video interview with filmmaker Ermanno Olmi and collaborator Tullio Kezich discussing I Fidanzati
  • New essay by critic Kent Jones

Editorial Reviews

Ermanno Olmi's masterful second feature is the tender story of a young Milanese couple whose strained relationship is tested when the man accepts a new job in Sicily. With the separation come loneliness, nostalgia, and, perhaps, some new perspectives to rejuvenate their love. Olmi's deep humanism charges this moving depiction of ordinary men and women, and the pitfalls of the human heart.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple Yet Gorgeous August 26, 2003
Format:DVD
I had never even heard of Olmi before getting this film, which is odd since I've been exposed to many other italian postwar directors. Therefore, I FIDANZATI (The Fiances, or The Engaged) came as a complete surprise to me. The storyline, sometimes slow and wonderfully hypnotic in places, centers around the life of a construction worker who takes a job in Sicily and moves away from his fiance in northern Italy. It's the classic romantic "abscence makes the heart grow fonder" storyline that is usually trite and banal. But somehow, amazingly, Olmi manages to pull it off, mainly through the great performances of the two leads and the brilliant editing towards the film's conclusion, where they read letters and thoughts to one another in a way that distorts past, present, and future. Highly recommended, as is Criterion's new editon of Olmi's IL POSTO.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and thought-provoking. May 8, 2006
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Criterion provide an 18 minute interview with Olmi, recorded in 2002, and the articulate and charming director provides insight into the genesis of his film - the industrialisation and economic boom in Italy in the 60's saw an upheaval in traditional customs and family life, especially in the poor agricultural areas, such as much of Sicily (where part of the film is set); in the story this backdrop is counterpoised against the personal changes wrought upon a couple, separated by these circumstances. They begin in stubborn silence and end in a heart-warming blossoming of articulate expression of their emotions and aspirations - the change sweeping through the nation has had its effect upon them.

Olmi speaks of his interest in presenting time in a novel way; he hopes to dissolve the distinctions between past, present and future, and segue from one to the next seamlessly, expecting the audience to intelligently follow his cues, and in so doing suggest the internal flow of time for his protagonist. I think he succeeds, and the film becomes, if anything, more realistic through this fluid depiction of time.

The cinematography is wonderful, whether in its intimacy, or in its handling of spectacular views of industrial plants. So too the pacing of scenes, the opening in particular being a joy of accumulated surprises, the tension building until the viewer is as eager for the musicians to play as the would-be dancers upon the screen.

Again in the interview, his collaborator speaks of Olmi's technical mastery of all aspects of film-making, his complete and utter disregard of commercial success, and his adherence to a policy of being honest with himself.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible May 12, 2004
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Ermano is one of my favorite Italian directors. The whole movie is really great. Ermano Olmi is one of the few directors that can take a plain story and make it more interesting than the biggest hollywood film. Just as long as you don't think like the average big hollywood production viewer.
I love how this film starts and I love how it ends. Some incredible cinematography. Especially with the scene in the beginning where the main character is walking through the factory with the tarantella music playing in the background. Another great part of the film is the street party in Sicily. It amazes me how Ermano Olmi was able to direct the scenes so perfectly with such a tight large drunken crowd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Unknown Masterpiece January 18, 2013
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This isn't quite up with Il Posto, but Olmi's depiction of the decency of everyday people reminds us that we can still be like that, even in hard times.
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