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The Vanishing of Pato


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  • Actors: Nino Frassica, Neri Marcore, Flavio Bucci, Maurizio Casagrande, Simona Marchini
  • Directors: Rocco Mortelliti
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MHz Networks
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083H502K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,942 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In Italian with English Subtitles If you think Detective Montalbano's hometown of Vigata can get a little nutty sometimes, you should see it in 1890! Based on the historical mystery novel by Andrea Camilleri, The Vanishing of Patò is set in the same seaside town that Detective Montalbano fans know and love. It's a story of the desperate search for one of Vigata's most upstanding citizens - a man who vanishes right after his appearance in the annual Passion Play. South collides with North as a local Sicilian carabiniere teams up with a Neapolitan police officer to unlock the mystery of his disappearance. Despite their cultural, linguistic and personal differences the two men have enough in common to forge an alliance which is as comic as it is productive. Together, they wade through local politics, personal agendas and the general wackiness that is Vigata to find out what really happened to the banker and father of two who mysteriously disappeared. And perhaps most surprising of all, the policeman and the carabiniere find that they can trust each other more than they can trust anyone else in Vigata. Detective Montalbano fans will recognize it all: Sicilian characters, Italian culture at its highest (and lowest) and the breathtaking countryside of southern Italy.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jane Stivarius on July 10, 2012
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Andrea Camilleri has written many, many books besides the Montalbano series. Unfortunately they are not available in English, yet, although readers of German, French and Spanish can find them in their bookstores. This movie, as accurately described in the editorial review above, is a delightful look at an example of his other work, part of which are books dealing with various incidents in Sicilian history circa 1890. In many of his books, he takes a footnote to history, a paragraph from a newspaper or some other similar "bit" and constructs a story around the "finding." This story sprouted from a situation mentioned on the last page of Sciascia's To Each His Own. The production is excellent. The scene changes and flashbacks are handled with imagination. The subtitles are easy to read and the song at the end, Canzone di Pato, which can be found on You Tube, is ear candy. My only regret is that for my taste there isn't quite enough of gorgeous Sicily.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By F. S. L'hoir VINE VOICE on December 23, 2012
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The Vanishing of Pató is absolutely delightful, and very Italian/Sicilian.

Not a conventional mystery, by any means, this period film, which is laced with wry, quirky wit, relates the 'history' of fictional Montelusa/Vigata during the Risorgimento, and the enforced co-operation between a crusty Sicilian Capitano of the Carabinieri and a meticulous Northern Commissario of the Polizia in the investigation of the disappearance of a supposedly respectable banker and a large amount of the bank's funds. The fact that the Northerner hails from Naples is a very Italian joke that depends on one's perspective in a country where North tends to condescend a bit when it comes to South [This reviewer calls Rome home].

The cinematography, which takes us on a journey to the Greek temples at Agrigento--among other Sicilian locations--is superb, as are the costumes. Watching the film, in fact, is like viewing an old daguerrotype to which tints have been added. The sight of the Carabiniere riding his black draught horse with the long curly fetlocks--it resembles a steed that the Normans must have ridden--is sheer magic. The handless corpse placed on top of the handless reclining giant Greek Telemon statue adds a dimension of macabre humour to the scenario, and the scenes of the local passion play set the stage, as it were, for the mystery.

The director has interpreted Andrea Camilleri's novel as a meta-theatrical trope, in which the boundaries become blurred between reality and illusion, as the two detectives unravel the mystery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erica Bell on April 8, 2014
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What a blast! Either Pato is your worst nightmare (if you're a husband) or a kind of Anansi the Spider, or Coyote--only even smarter. The flashbacks and scene-entering (where narrating characters walk amongst the actors who are playing out the story) may not be everybody's cup of tea---I loved it. The Commisario and the Carbinieri's interaction is golden, just golden, as they put forth (and then take back) the truth of Pato's disappearance. The mob tendrils in everything, a cheerful culture of corruption, a 3-D look at the Virgin-Whore bind Italian women were in--it's all delightful and insightful. As mentioned in another review, the ending's music is sheer emotional joy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Admirer of British mystery on October 28, 2013
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While this movie may not be award winning, it is very enjoyable featuring good acting, easy to read subtitles and clever plot line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By patricia king on October 29, 2014
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This is more than a mystery, it is a glimpse into the culture of Sicily in the late 19th century. The unfolding of the story is slow, but stay with it. You'll be surprised. A very clever story.
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