Giuseppe Tornatore

Giuseppe Tornatore – Una pura formalità AKA A Pure Formality (1994)

Onoff is a famous writer who hasn’t published any new books for quite some time and has become a recluse. When he is picked up by the police one stormy night, without any identification, out of breath and running madly, without clear memory of recent events, the Inspector is suspicious. Through interrogatory dialectic, the head of this lonely, isolated, broken-down police station tries to establish what has happened, by delving into the mind of his writer-hero, and clearing up a mysterious killing. Read More »

Giuseppe Tornatore – Nuovo Cinema Paradiso AKA Cinema Paradiso [uncut] (1988)

A famous film director remembers his childhood at the Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo, the projectionist, first brought about his love of films. He returns home to his Sicilian village for the first time after almost 30 years and is reminded of his first love, Elena, who disappeared from his life before he left for Rome. Read More »

Giuseppe Tornatore – La migliore offerta aka The Best Offer (2013)

A story about an art expert who has some issues (he doesn’t seem to like people much, he doesn’t have a cell phone, he always wears gloves not to touch other people) and on top of that he uses his job as auctionner, and an accomplish, to get hold of precious paintings and other masterpiece he claims to be not really worth when instead they’re expensives. The peculiar thing is, he seems to be really fond of women’s portraits and he has a whole security chamber filled with this kind of paintings all over the walls. Read More »

Giuseppe Tornatore – Stanno tutti bene AKA Everybody’s fine (1990)


Plot summary
Matteo Scuro is a retired Sicilian bureaucrat (responsible mainly for the writing of birth certificates), a widower with five children, all of whom live on the mainland and hold responsible jobs. He decides to surprise each with a visit and finds none as he imagined. The film is a veritable travelogue across contemporary Italy, as Matteo journeys to Napoli, Roma, Firenze, Milano, and Turino to search for each of his children; he even spends one night on the streets among the homeless. Scuro returns to Sicily, visits his wife’s grave, and reports with irony that “stanno tutti bene” (everybody’s fine).
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