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ONCE UPON A TImE... ...there was a tiny hill town in Tuscany that found a remarkable way to confront their issues - they turned their lives into a play. Every summer for the past 50 years, their piazza becomes their stage and villagers from 6 to 90 play a part - the role of themselves. "Spettacolo" is a documentary film directed by Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen premiering in 2017.

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  • Spettacolo serves as a hymn to the creative process, but also as a eulogy of sorts to the let's-put-on-a-show spirit of pre-digital times. Come for the drama, stay for the gorgeous scenery.

    Feb 8, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • An engaging and wistful look at the tiny Tuscan village of Monticchielo and its longtime tradition of producing "autodramas," works crafted by, starring and thematically inspired by its residents.

    Sep 28, 2017 | Full Review…
  • [An] engaging documentary ...

    Sep 8, 2017 | Full Review…

    Mark Jenkins

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  • Spettacolo stands as a testament to making art in the face of general indifference and worldly decline, and the belief that a can-do spirit and deep-seated cynicism are not mutually exclusive ideas.

    Sep 5, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Vikram Murthi

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  • We sense the pride these people take in this work. One of the film's most beautiful passages is a montage of different townsfolk - a teacher, a woman hanging laundry, a clerk behind a desk - practicing their lines as they go about their day.

    Sep 5, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It feels wrong, almost insulting, to call "Spettacolo" charming, even if the movie is often delightful.

    Sep 5, 2017 | Full Review…

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