Includes an 8-page booklet with Kaos essay by Italian cinema expert Peter Bondanella.
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The first two stories in particular, take place in a parched, rocky setting, that has a strange beauty despite the dust and the cruelty of the life; life is harsh, and so is the way some of the characters treat each other. A warning to those of you, who like me are sensitive about the abuse of animals, the initial scene of the film with a crow is a little unpleasant.
The stories are: "L'Altro Figlio" (The Other Son), about a mother with two sons in America, and one that she has at home, but has rejected.
"Mal di Luna" (Moon Sickness), about a man who goes wild and howls when the moon is full, and his new wife.
"La Giara" (The Jar), which is a comedic story about an oil jar "as wide as an abbess".
"Requiem", is about a community of shepherds who challenge the town leader for land rights, to bury their dead.
the film ends with a lovely epilogue, "Colloquio con la Madre" (Conversing with Mother). Omero Antonutti plays Pirandello, and Regina Bianchi as his mother, with a scene on an island of pumice that is exquisite.
The ensemble cast is wonderful, with some members appearing in more than one story. Among the many fine actors are: Massimo Bonetti, Claudio Bigagli, Erica Maria Modugno, Franco Franchi, and Ciccio Ingrassia.
Just over 3 hours long, some may find this film slow, but if you are willing to immerse yourself in its unique atmosphere, you will be greatly rewarded.
It is a true gem. And, although I am not educated in these matters, I think that the film's director, actors, and writers really understood the essence of what Pirandello was trying to say.
Ultimately the film depicts neither one specific time nor one specific place for it transcends both. This is a collection of stories about those who move forward and those who stay behind, true love, what privilege can't buy, and what cunning-born-of-a-sense-of-fairness can. And more than this, it is about how much of ourselves stems from the people we have known. Even when we can't remember their names, we understand their struggles and triumphs and, in remembering them, we find ourselves.
One of my top 10 films of all times. As a point of reference, a few others are "A Man for All Seasons," "Crash," "The Right Stuff," and "Grand Canyon." An odd mix, I agree:-)
This cinematic Kaos converts four of Pirandello's short stories into four short films and an epilogue, connected only a symbolic crow in flight over the landsacpe of Sicily. The aerial photography of that landscape is stunningly beautiful, almost enough to qualify the film as a travelogue, but the film is in effect as much about Luigi Pirandello as it is about village life in Kaos at the end of the 19th C. Purely as cinema, it reminds me of the superb Japanese film Kwaidan, which also combined four ghost stories from the works of Lafcadio Hearne into a totality that exceeded any of the parts and that depicted the 'spirit' of the author throughout. Pirandello is portrayed in person in the 'Epilogue' to Kaos, but it's his fascination with his homeland that animates each of his stories and each of the episodes of the movie adaptation.
I admired this film quite a lot, and I might have spilled more words over it in this review, but I've discovered -- to my horror -- that this edition is abridged! Almost a third of the original has been cut! Now I'll have to find a release of the whole thing and watch it again! But that's a testimonial, isn't it, to my appreciation even for this abridgment.
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I didn't realise this DVD lacked any subtitles... Only Italian language... Disappointing and impossible to appreciate fully.Published 20 days ago by vasilios
The reviews called it "profound" and "stirring.. bittersweet"; I say "Hilarious"! You might enjoy this one, it's in the classical vein.Published 19 months ago by TRBear
What can one say about a masterpiece? This is magic, it is poetry, it is wild, it is cruel but it is compassionate. Read morePublished 20 months ago by wendy lomeo
Based on five stories by the Sicilian writer Luigi Pirandello. Brilliant filmic adaptation of iconic psychological studies. Read morePublished 23 months ago by halbregg
Another Taviani Brothers film with 5 Pirandello stories - unusual and gripping. Tragic and comic. interesting from the point of view of migration from Italy post war. See it!Published on November 2, 2013 by Margot C Ludbrook
I had seen it at cinema many years ago, and were really happy to find it at Amazon, it's such a pleasure to own it and see it again and again.Published on March 8, 2013 by Inger Lise Gudbrandson
You can't help but fall in love with all the shortcomings of human nature which is what makes humans lovable after all. Read morePublished on May 10, 2011 by ASA
I love this movie, but I hoped to get the original version, which is about 3h long.
The information given in the web is: 188 minutes. Read more
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