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Language: English
Category: Movie / Documentary / Music
Original Title: The Italian Character
Director: Angelo Bozzolini
Released: 2013
Duration: 1h 40min
Video type: Movie
The Italian Character: a film within music and about music. The Italian character is the story of one of the most renowned orchestras in the world, enriched by archive material of the last thirty years about the great conductors who have been performing on the most famous rostrum in Rome. Today, this post belongs to Sir Antonio Pappano, an Anglo-American with Beneventian roots, who rediscovered an essential part of his Italian origins conducting the Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. In the documentary, a production of Alpenway Media Production GmbH directed by Angelo Bozzolini, the story vividly unfolds itself: It portrays the planning and performance of a great project; it shows how the sound ripens from the first rehearsal to the final applause of a sold-out music hall, what happens to the musicians before they enter the stage, and how they release the tension at the end of a concert. With the personal histories of the members and the conductor of the orchestra, The Italian ...

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    Director Angelo Bozzolini has immersed himself in classical music documentary filmmaking for many years, and The Italian Character brings to fruition the director's particular expertise and sensitivity. The theater comes to life in his camera-work; audiences experience the touch of the musician in extreme close up and the result is an exhilarating and intimate portrait of the musician at work. The pacing is precise and energetic, clearly the result of the director's craft and attention to his chosen environment. I enjoyed the film from beginning to end, and would highly recommend it to both the Italophile and the lover of classical music. Bozzolini does an honor to both his culture and the history of music with this thoughtful contribution, and I look forward to more documentaries from him in the future.
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    This film premiered at the 2013 Vancouver Film Festival, co-sponsored by the local Istituto Italiano di Cultura, and it is easy to see why. Rather than telling us anything significant about the workings of a putatively important artistic organization (the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia), the filmmakers settle for amiable interviews with musicians who utter banal platitudes and uniformly praise "being Italian" as the secret of their music-making. This pandering to a national stereotype of Italians as "joyful, loving, life-affirming," etc., is as insulting to an international audience as it is meaningless. On its own terms this point of view begs the question of why this orchestra shouldn't therefore be exactly the same as any other Italian orchestra. Although the director claims to be personal friends with many of the musicians interviewed, he inadvertently makes many of them look as peculiar as the actors who impersonated symphony musicians in Federico Fellini's 1978 political satire "Orchestra Rehearsal," especially in the latter surreal parts of the film which purport to actualize some of their anxiety dreams. The only really memorable sequence is archival footage of George Pretre conducting Ravel's "Bolero" as a kind of private psychodrama.