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Kaos (1984)

Claudio Bigagli , Massimo Bonetti , Vittorio Taviani , Paolo Taviani  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Claudio Bigagli, Massimo Bonetti, Enrica Maria Modugno, Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia
  • Directors: Vittorio Taviani, Paolo Taviani
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 188 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00124SNIO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,063 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kaos" on IMDb

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Magic, drama, misery and hope are given life in five tales adapted from Luigi Pirandello’s Novelle per un anno ("The Other Son," "Moonsickness," "The Jar," "Requiem" and "The Crow of Mízzaro"). With a strong, poetic vision of Sicilian life, directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Padre Padrone) imbue this epic masterpiece with a serene, sympathetic revelation of mankind that transcend the boundaries of time.

Includes an 8-page booklet with Kaos essay by Italian cinema expert Peter Bondanella.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "from our land of tears" February 19, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Produced by Raitelevisione Italiana, this film set in Sicily and directed by brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, consists of four stories based on Luigi Pirandello's "Le Novelle per un Anno", and has some spectacular cinematography by Giuseppe Lanci and a gorgeous score by Nicola Piovani.
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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full-length original May 13, 2008
By hudson
Just to correct the mistake by a previous reviewer, the DVD contains the full-length uncut 188-minute film. It is a brand new digitally-restored transfer made especially for the Koch Lorber Films DVD release and looks great.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Italian Beauty September 29, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is an excellent, beautiful Italian movie. In 4 different parts, which are movies on their own, the Taviani-brothers tell the gripping, sometimes hilarious stories of Italian fellowmen from their history and from present times. Stunning landscapes, rich colours, excellent acting and mere suspense make this movie to one of the tops of Italian filmhistory. For me it is already a classic and the best untill now of the highly talenhted Taviania-brothers. Go, and see.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE MAJUSCULE ITALIAN FILMS OF THE DECADE! November 13, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
Few filmakers around the world have been able to transcript with such precision and profundity of spirit the legacy of Luigi Pirandello.

This film is composed by four stories of this monumental writer. And the final result could not be more fortunate. The bitter cynicism of some characters, the fragile human condition and the cosmic poetry were exposed with impeccable plasticity through a fluid camera work.

You should not miss for any reason, this emblematic and superb feat of the cinema.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Neo-Realism December 5, 2011
Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) was actually born in a village named Kaos, in the region of Agrigento in Sicily. Many of his novels and novellas portrayed Kaos the village as perceptively as they portrayed Chaos, the normal state of society in post-unification Italy. Pirandello is best known to anglophones as a dramatist, the Godfather of the "theater of the absurd" and thus one of the progenitors of 'magic realism' in Latin America and elsewhere. But his prose is truly extraordinary, even in translation.

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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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Bizarre, but in a good way December 24, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I watched Kaos last night for my Italian Culture class. There are 4 parts but the first 3 struck me particularly. The first one "L'otro Figlio" or "The Other Son" was a sad story but I really liked it. The main character for this segment, Mariagracia, gave a riveting performance.

The second story "Mal di Luna" or "Moon Sickness" is a werewolf story. This is where the movie starts to get a bit bizarre. Newlyweds Sidora and Bata live in the sicilian countryside and every full moon, Bata is enchanted by the moon and it rules him. He howls and barks like a wolf and it causes him great pain. Sidora totally freaks out and doesn't stand by him at all...

The third story "La Giara" or "The Jar" is extremely bizarre but I found it entertaining. This guy named Don Lollo who looks like what Mick Jagger would look like if he were an Italian man, acquires this huge clay jar that the town will put olive oil in. One night they come out and it's broken into 2 pieces. As a result, Don Lollo hires this eccentric potter to come fix this jar with his "magic glue" After a long series of events, the mad potter gets stuck inside the jar. It ends up being pretty funny...

All in all, I liked it. I think the editing between stories could've used a little work, but overall I thought the settings seemed very realistic. I really like the creative shots that the movie had. Most of the people seem like real sicilian people, not just random actors.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I adore this film of just four stories from a collection of over 200...
What can one say about a masterpiece? This is magic, it is poetry, it is wild, it is cruel but it is compassionate. Read more
Published 5 days ago by wendy lomeo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film.
Based on five stories by the Sicilian writer Luigi Pirandello. Brilliant filmic adaptation of iconic psychological studies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by halbregg
5.0 out of 5 stars More from the Taviani Brothers - reflections of Italy at the beginning...
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 10 months ago by Margot C Ludbrook
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece worth watching multiple times
Watch this film once and you may or may not like it. Watch it multiple times, over a period of years, and you may find that you understand the human condition just a tad more... Read more
Published 16 months ago by W. H. Post
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
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 18 months ago by Inger Lise Gudbrandson
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and Poetic Masterpiece
You can't help but fall in love with all the shortcomings of human nature which is what makes humans lovable after all. Read more
Published on May 10, 2011 by ASA
1.0 out of 5 stars Short version only!
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
Published on April 7, 2011 by Helmie
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a masterpiece!
I guess this film is the first or second best film of Taviani brothers.
Luigi pirandello is one of very important writer of twentieth century. Read more
Published on November 2, 2010 by Necati Göksel
KAOS was the first film I ever saw that made a huge impact on me as a teenager and it was wonderful to find it and watch again twenty years later and appreciate the depth of the... Read more
Published on August 4, 2010 by dramamark
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
Beautiful movie! A must see. I am so glad I got it. A classic.
Published on September 7, 2009 by I. Calikusu
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