To Die for Tano (2010)
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Roberta Torre's first feature, TO DIE FOR TANO was a huge commercial and critical success in Italy, winning three awards at the Venice Film Festival, three Silver Ribbons from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists and two David di Donatello ("Italian Oscar") awards for Best Music and Best Director. TO DIE FOR TANO caused a media sensation when it opened in Italy for lampooning the Italian mafia and for its stylistic audacity, blending Italian neo-realism, kitsch and an MTV sensibility to tell the true story of a small-time mob boss. The director filmed many of the scenes in the famous mafia-infested Vucciria section of Palermo and worked with non-professional actors -- many of whom were themselves small-time crooks with mafia affiliations -- teaching them to sing, dance and act. The music, from the hugely popular singer-songwriter Nino D'Angelo (GOMORRAH), combines rock and roll, rap, techno, samba and traditional Neapolitan folk songs. --© Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for To Die for Tano
Torre's debut takes true incidents from the Mafia wars that plagued Palermo in the late '80s and kicks them into a deliriously gaudy farce.
The film is a low budget masterpiece of scathing satire and pointed allegory.
One for the Movies That Aren't Nearly as Clever as Their Directors Think They Are canon.
Audience Reviews for To Die for Tano
A campy, amateurish and very strange Italian musical about the downfall of a small time mafia boss, based on real-life events in Palermo. It's gratifying to see these hateful thugs reduced to mincing buffoons; a favorite sequence involves them disco dancing SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER style, looking very effeminate with their open neck shirts and gold chains as they sing "we are the mafia!" It may be worth searching for if you crave oddities.More
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