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Good Morning, Night (Buongiorno, Notte)

Good Morning, Night (Buongiorno, Notte) (2005)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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The kidnapping and killing of Aldo Moro, Italy's former prime minister and head of the Christian Democrat party, was a cataclysmic event no Italian can forget. Moro was taken hostage by Red Brigade members in March 1978 and almost two months elapsed while negotiations were pursued in vain. His bullet-riddled body was found on May 9th after a phone call alerted the authorities. In the wake of this shocking crime, Italy teetered on the edge of political chaos.


Art House & International, Drama

Marco Bellocchio

Apr 4, 2006

Wellspring Media

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (7) | DVD (2)

The strength of Good Morning, Night is not in winking meta-drama but in a clear-eyed, restorative realism that's occasionally broken by quiet flights of fancy.

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The race between her deep-set ideology and burgeoning conscience is a compelling one, but there are too many shortcuts -- from fevered dreams to convenient coincidences -- along the way.

November 11, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Sober yet filled with fancy. There's a wistful aspect to the movie.

November 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Part reality, part fantasy and all compassion. It is a strangely moving experience for the historically aware filmgoer.

November 2, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Ms. Sansa is an actress of exquisite sensitivity.

October 9, 2003
New York Times
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The writer-director's inquiry into this tragedy makes for a moving and intelligent film, but the dark story never feels fully realized.

October 8, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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Despite good intentions, Good Morning, Night simply confirms what most viewers want to believe about themselves.

November 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A thoughtful and ultimately chilling take on a tragedy that still has the power to disturb and divide.

November 11, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A stunning achievement.

November 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Director Marco Bellocchio takes a pragmatic and complex position

November 11, 2005 Full Review Source:

condenses a national tragedy into an intense domestic drama, and uses the image of a household in disarray to suggest the widening cracks of a country at odds with itself.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

Buongiorno, notte fails even as a lyrical meditation on the kidnapping because the characters do not engage the audience at any point.

February 16, 2005 Full Review Source:

Bellocchio, a former Communist party activist, keenly appreciates the way in which the just causes of the past have been replaced by an uncertainty of action and purpose.

November 16, 2004 Full Review Source:

Mature and profoundly affecting.

October 22, 2003 Full Review Source:

[P]otentially fascinating, but doesn't tap into the humanity of its subjects.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source:

Despite a handful of spirited performances, Bellocchio is unable to move his tale beyond a simple class-war badgering.

October 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews

Good Morning, Night presents a chilling look at the righteous indignation of zealots while at the same time revealing the firepower of empathy and its close relative compassion.

October 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Proves once again that Bellocchio is not so much a filmmaker than he is an unenthusiastic debater.

October 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Good Morning, Night (Buongiorno, Notte)

[font=Century Gothic]"Good Morning, Night" starts out with an apartment being rented to a young couple in Italy. It is 1978 and Christian Democrat leader Aldo Moro(Roberto Herlitzka) has been kidnapped by the Communist Red Brigades. This apartment will be where he is held captive for two months. Moro maintains a quiet dignity while he is being put on trial for his supposed crimes. [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]In "Good Morning, NIght", Marco Bellocchio does not use a purely realistic style to tell this very effective political thriller. The movie is told through the eyes of the sole woman of the cell, Chiara(Maya Sansa).(Apparently she is also the only one of the captors who has an outside life during the ordeal.) Through dream imagery, we get a very good idea of what Chiara's ideal world would be like - something akin to a workers paradise. The Brigades hoped Moro's kidnapping would lead to a general uprising... [/font]
November 13, 2005
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  • Buongiorno notte - Der Fall Aldo Moro (DE)
  • Buongiorno, notte (FR)
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