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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.
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.
[An] engaging documentary ...
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.
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.
It feels wrong, almost insulting, to call "Spettacolo" charming, even if the movie is often delightful.
While it's increasingly saddening in "Spettacolo" to consider that a place as unique as this tight-knit community isn't immune to such concerns, to see the amateur dramatists forge ahead is equally if not more invigorating.
A beautiful, melancholic rumination on the struggle to preserve cultural tradition in the face of modern economic forces.
Spettacolo may not have the structural ingenuity of the filmmakers' previous work, but as a contemplation of identity and the value and comfort people find in telling their own stories, it makes for an engaging, entirely absorbing experience.
Beautiful, tragic, but not without joy, Spettacolo is a great film about the search for meaning. Did I dream it? I hope not.
This is not about just any play, it is an 'autodrama,' written and performed by the people of the town about themselves, their hopes, their history, their concerns about the changes happening in their country and in their town.
Malmberg and Shellen carefully and respectfully capture a pivotal moment wherein the townsfolk grapple with the rapid change and gentrification of their small hillside village
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