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Night Full of Rain


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  • Actors: Giancarlo Giannini, Candace Bergen, Michael Tucker, Mario Scarpetta, Lucio Amelio
  • Directors: Lina Wertmuller
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ODIUZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,694 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Lizzy (Candice Bergen), a liberated American photographer, falls for narrow-minded journalist Paolo (Giancarlo Giannini). Then finds she can't live with him or without him. Bergen (Murphy Brown) and Giannini (Seven Beauties) take both comic and fierce battle stations in this colorful excursion into the male/female combat zone. So what if the world, as we learn from the TV in Lizzy and Paolo's luxurious apartment, is crashing around their ears; this is WAR!
Writer/director Lina Wertmuller relied on spontaneity and improvisation in making ...A Night Full of Rain, her first film in English.
Giannini, star of Wertmuller's groundbreaking Swept Away and Seven Beauties, was familiar with the technique, Bergen wasn't. But it worked splendidly. "Bergen gives one of the warmest and most characterful performances of her career," the Los Angeles Times hailed. When it rains, this film's two stars pour it on!

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It was very poetic.
Unen Hsu
Reviewing it brought back familiar scenes and quotes, but the general storyline had slowly deteriorated, so watching it was like watching the film for the first time.
M. Verbeek
This little-known gem is modestly priced.
robert

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By 4-Legged Defender on November 13, 2011
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Lina Wertmuller's first film foray in English is a deliriously feverish exploration into the lives of two lovers from the moment they meet and a thoroughly captivating examination of how different polarities attract and repel at the same time. The entire film centers around the principal characters Paulo, a lazy communist and left-wing journalist, and Lizzy, a pro-feminist photographer from the U.S., whose chance meeting at a religious festival in Italy is born of chaotic coincidence and sets the stage for the film's tumultuous tale.

Their personalities are oil and water personified, and therefore must be constantly shaken to stay mixed properly, and Wertmuller's direction never ceases to stir this cauldron via surrealistic scenes of their 'friends' speaking maliciously about them or observing them perversely through mirrors even though we know that, in fact, they aren't really there. They add an element of nightmarish delirium and it is through them that we gain additional insight into Lizzy and Paulo's characters and the various timeframes in their relationship that takes place over the span of ten years. The taut direction and sumptuous cinematography are mesmerizing and consuming, never letting you catch your breath between scenes. And Wertmuller's script must have been typed onto asbestos.

The chemistry between Candice Bergen and Giancarlo Giannini is further solidified by Wertmuller's camera and claustrophobic close-ups, bringing us inside the giddy intimacy, diametric tension and intermittant violent nature of their dynamic - they are like taffy being pulled, stretched and again congealed as a couple who have difficulty being together yet simply cannot be apart.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By robert on June 29, 2011
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Night Full Of Rain is a fascinating, surreal, beautifully shot film about a dysfunctional relationship. When I ordered this DVD through Amazon, it arrived promptly and in pristine condition. This little-known gem is modestly priced.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on February 24, 2006
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There is no doubt that Lina Wertmuller is an intelligent filmmaker. Unfortunately, politics play a key role in many of her movies, which often mar the more interesting (and basic) themes she's dealing with. Here a Communist Italian journalist (Giancarlo Giannini) meets and seduces feminist Candice Bergman. He is brutish to her at first, but later wins her by chasing after her like a passionate lover. They marry, but after 10 years the marriage is one of routine. She wants the passionate lover back again; he wants stability. Wertmuller uses a Greek chorus throughout to emphasize her political male-female warfare concerns. The problems of this marriage are of great interest, but Wertmuller distracts and deflates our interest with her politics (communism, feminism, the fall of civilization through over-industrialization, etc.). The first half-hour is overly talky, but later her use of flashbacks becomes very effective. In fact, technically it's quite a good movie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anna Shlimovich on November 23, 2001
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Overall it's not a bad movie, but definitely falls short from Lina W.'s other masterpieces, such as Seven Beauties. I've found this film interesting at the beginning, but it looses that special Lina's steam toward the end. And the message of this film is rather unclear - it's not a comedy and it's not a piercing tragedy as in Seven Beauties. I would recommend it for those who like to get more familiar with Italian cinema and with Lina W.'s works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lyn on September 29, 2012
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I loved this film, very well acted and totally unlike any other film i have seen. was well worth the wait. one of Candice Bergen's better films, an underated actress
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NIGHT FULL OF RAIN BY LINA WERTMULLER
great movie like all others by wertmuller . She always make us laguh even though she is tackling the most serious themes such as mafia (the seduction of Mimi) children's exploitation, in ciao professore, man-woman relationships in "night full of rain" and "sotto sotto", holocaust in seven beauties , politicians' hypocrisy and so forth ...
always delightfull, always entertaining, always dead serious.
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