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Franco Elica is a dissolute movie director who slides into despair after being asked - to his horror - to make a film. Hoping to avoid a looming sexual-harassment scandal, Franco flees to Sicily where he hides out and meets a host of colorful characters: a man who makes his living shooting wedding films, a film director who is faking his own death to finally achieve fame, and a cultured Prince.

The menacing Prince, a huge fan of Franco's movies, commissions him to shoot the wedding of his tempestuous daughter, Bona, with whom Elica quickly falls impulsively, dangerously in love and whose wedding he becomes driven to sabotage at all costs.

Beneath the film's farcical surface is a scathing vision of a cinema in decline: As the cinema goes, so goes the nation - The Wedding Director is an implicit indictment of a moribund country and a wake-up call for revitalization, peering into the looking-glass to produce a self-reflexive satire of the world of filmmaking.

Special Features:

- Making of Short
- Production Sketches Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer
- Optional English Subtitles
- Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
-5.1 Soundtrack
- Scene Selections

"EXTRAVAGANT. HUGELY ENTERTAINING. Virtuoso auteur filmmaking that interweaves scathingly funny sequences with surreal fantasy." London Film Festival

"Many Laugh out-loud scenes. A rich vein of satire. Anyone who loves Italian movies...is likely to be seduced by (this film)." A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"An astonishingly exuberant expression of the will to live... plays like an art film's ambiguous recreation of The Graduate." Michael Joshua Rowin, The L Magazine


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Product Details

  • Actors: Sergio Castellitto, Donatella Finocchiaro, Sami Frey, Gianni Cavina, Maurizio Donadoni
  • Directors: Marco Bellocchio
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Yorker
  • DVD Release Date: December 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EASNTK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,393 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Wedding Director" on IMDb

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Montage Matt on February 27, 2009
Format: DVD
Bellocchio's films are so beguiling that one is never sure whether to laugh or take them a little bit serious. And I suspect he would want it that way. Ultimately, his films are beautifully shot, playful narratives with some social and political undertones weaved in for fun. Much like his film 'My Mother's Smile' this film has an intriguing tone that is hard to grasp right away but engaging and well directed; it also stars the same actor - Sergio Castellitto.
Hiding out [sort of] in a small town in Sicily a film director gets roped into 'directing' a wedding being held by a local Prince who is marrying off his daughter to someone she does not love. The director falls in love with her and tries to find a way to help her escape her fate.
But plot really cannot do justice to a Bellocchio film.
Without a doubt this is one of the best of the unseen films of 2008. It is artistic and playful in ways that films were in the sixties and seventies when European cinema had a grip on film buffs everywhere.
If you consider yourself an 'art film' fan you should check it out.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon on March 18, 2012
Format: DVD
An esteemed filmmaker goes quietly on the lamb after his assistant jokingly makes inappropriate remarks to a woman he thinks
is an actress waiting for an audition, implicating the director in a sex-scandal. While hiding out in a small town he has his arm
twisted by a local prince into making a film of his daughter's impending wedding.

This film has a lot on its mind about the current state of film-making, not much of it pleasant. Beneath the labyrinthine story levels
lies an angry satire of an industry that reduces artistic directors to no more than metaphoric wedding film makers, and a society that
rewards death over excellence when considering a person's worth. These are only two of the many themes that expand to fathers and
daughters, masculine identity, power games, even the old 'nature of art vs. reality' debate.

Even when baffling with it's magical realism and surrealist touches it's never less than engaging. This is the kind of film that begs you
to come back for a 2nd viewing, and you look forward to it.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2013
Format: DVD
Let me state upfront that I am a huge fan of foreign and indie movies, and I sought out this movie recently from my local library.

"The Wedding Director" (2008 release from Italy; 97 min.) brings the story of Franco Elica (played by Sergio Castellitto), a well-known Italian movie director. As the movie opens, Elica is attending his daughter's wedding. Some time later Elica is off to Italy, where he meets a number of local people, wome of which who recognize him, while others don't He is befriended of sorts by a local guy who shoots weddings for a living and when he asks/begs Elica to help him with an upcoming wedding, Elica agrees. To tell you more might spoil your viewing experience of the movie, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: I cannot understand how anyone could call this a "laugh out loud" movie, as it is neither funny nor even intended to be funny. You can't call it a drama either. Instead, this movie falls somewhere midway between absurdism and magic realism. The DVD jacket comments that the story line is a reflection of the decine of Italian society and politics. You wouldn't know it by simply wachting this movie. I found this movie pretty bewildering. Maybe it is just me, as "The Wedding Director" made an impact upon its initial screening at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. I will let you be the judge of that.
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