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½ May 1, 2016
Un film che aveva delle premesse interessanti: un truffatore che gira la Sicilia vendendo sogni irrealizzabili a contadini e analfabeti che spendono tutti i risparmi nella speranza che si realizzi questo sogno impossibile. PerÚ il film Ť sviluppato male, non ha un finale preciso e coinvolgente e lascia poco nella testa dello spettatore (se non le bellissime piazze barocche siciliane). Inoltre l'ho trovato noioso (forse proprio per la sua vacuitŗ).
½ January 29, 2016
A masterpiece, on a similar note to "Cinema Paradiso". Tornatore is a genius!
PS: the original poster is much much better than this non-sense picture here which I guess is the foreign version.
December 29, 2013
After exploring the nostalgic side of the cinema in older Sicily, Tornatore looks at its darker side. Set in the mid fifties, a con artist travels through Sicily pretending to be a man working for a cinema production company looking for new faces. When he meets a beautiful and naÔve young girl, his conscience begins to haunt him. Tornatore's film is made of great sequences where real Sicilian townspeople and actors and reveal their dreams and sins as if the camera were a confessor. Though the film is essentially a tragic and dark drama, it is also testimony of the importance the object of cinema was given and what it represented among the poor classes. Castellitto's lead performances is intense.
November 28, 2013
A pretentious, ambiguous and frustrating journey with one of the most irritating characters in cinema history, The Star Maker has some brilliant scenes but then loses the way with cheap dilemmas and a dissapointing resolution.
September 6, 2012
√ un film ruffiano, di quelli che si vogliono far piacere e ci riescono. Scordatevi la storia, quella c'√®, ma √® completamente secondaria, per quanto non banale. Lo scopo del film √® catturarti con delle musiche belle ed intense, con immagini della Sicilia allo stesso tempo pi√Ļ povera ma pi√Ļ vera, con un modo di fare molto italiano. E alla fine mi sono chiesto: che cosa ti rimane di questo film? Ancora non mi so dare una risposta. Forse solo una voglia matta di tornare a visitare quei posti meravigliosi.
August 8, 2011
This is a socio/political film about a man who tries to fraud poor people in order to steal their money. Sicily Island forgotten villages make the perfect spot for accomplishing the fraud process. Director Tornatore's film also revives the love of cinema throughout the people.
November 20, 2010
From Giuseppe Tornatore, comes this companion piece to his masterpiece "Cinema Paradiso",about a con man who takes advantage of a commom dream of all of us,to become movies stars,to enjoy the life,the glamour,the richess that working in the cinema brings,an extraordinary story and tragedy about the dreams of everyday people. Sergio Castellito is awesome as Joe Morelli,the con man,and Tiziana Lodato is a beauty to behold as the girl who falls in love and put all her trust and hopes on the promises of him. A very tender and funny film,...I just love when the common folks come and do their screen test for Joe,most of them saying lines from "Gone with the wind",most of them just being themselves. A very moving and human film about the magic of movies and the power it has and hold for all of us!!!
Super Reviewer
½ August 8, 2010
Who is that woman in the poster? This movie about movies is nice but not nearly as well-put-together as Cinema Paradiso. Some of the villagers' screen tests/confessions are moving and revealing, but there are too many commonplace ones that slow down the pace at the beginning. As such, Joe and Beata's love story doesn't have time to develop. Who IS Beata? Why does she seem to be the only audition to move Joe? The sex scene is pretty hot though.
Super Reviewer
½ July 9, 2010
Giuseppe Tornatore is DA SHIT! I like his style even though this movie is not as good as Cinema Paradiso/Malena.
Super Reviewer
June 18, 2010
'Tomorrow is another day.' A memorable and heart wrenching tribute to Sicily! This film captures the soul of the Sicilian post-WWII experience, candidly revealing its peoples joys and sorrows, desires and dreams. The Roman con-man, Morelli, drives through Sicily posing as a film talent scout, charging 1500 lire for a screen test. Traveling through the island‚??s rugged, natural beauty, we observe an agricultural economy, devastated by war and peppered with villages dominated by a church, piazza and, sometimes, a tiny cinema. This is an older, harder way of life, entrenched in poverty and corruption. And, the faces, the faces stamped by experience, so many, varied and revealing faces: the young and old, rich and poor, crazy, the ‚??seduced and abandoned,‚?? whore, and homosexual; the carabinieri, the mafia, monarchists, anarchists, fascists, communists, and Christian Democrats. Every townsperson has a dream to escape for a better life.

Appearance and performance are embedded in Italian culture: All Italians are born actors! Many American viewers may not realize that the possibility of starring or participating in movies was a very real one at the time. By definition, the neo-realist directors used natural settings and non-actors in their films; People were selected for their faces and distinct characteristics. Female, Italian screen stars, such as Magnano, Bose, Lollobrigida, Loren and Cardinale, launched their film careers by winning regional beauty contests. Some auteurs actually preferred non-professional actors to achieve their cinematic visions because they required minimal coaching and could be directed. Rossellini tied a string to a non-professional‚??s toe and tugged on it when he wanted him to move. Fellini was notorious for providing no dialogue until shooting the scene and posing his characters, earning him the moniker of puppet master.

So, although Morelli exploits the Sicilians‚?? hopes, he also makes no promises. His crime is not the swindle, but his disrespect for his inadvertent role of confessor. He is imprisoned for violating trust and dishonoring the Sicilian people. Morelli‚??s return to the mainland of Italy is a poignant, poetic, unifying and redemptive montage of Sicilian experience, national identity and humanity. This film is deserving of much more acclaim and credit than it has earned.
Super Reviewer
June 7, 2010
nominated for best foreign film at the oscars
½ April 25, 2010
not the best iv seen of Tornatore, but still great acting and photography
½ February 27, 2010
Absolutely loved it. Giuseppe Tornatore is genius. Loads of respect for him.
½ November 21, 2009
Tornatore is mindblowing..........
Super Reviewer
½ November 9, 2009
Joe Morelli is a scoundrel who cheats illiterate sicilian villagers with dreams of stardom, shooting faux screen tests from town to town until unusual circumstances force his prosperous swindling business to end on sour note.

Great performance by Sergio Castellitto, as an irascible demagogue who stirs up the masses. Arousing the wishes of peasants, criminals and officials, gaining tremendous popularity among them, especially in a young, beautiful and impressionable girl named Beata.

Follows the same tread of "cinema paradiso" and though it can't reach the level of poetry and pathos of that film, it has wonderful moments too.
September 20, 2009
Io sono un professionista serio..
El quinto regimiento de mi vida.. El quinto regimiento de mi muerte..
Profilo sinistro, profilo centro,profilo dirito.

Inolvidables personajes. Inolvidables rollos falsos, nostalgias del cine en los cincuentas y juego con los sue√Ī de la gente mas pobre de La Sicilia. Tornatore, sempre bonisimo..Bravo!
½ September 20, 2009
Un arnaqueur promettant la lune a ses pigeons visite des villages de Sicile. Film drole et touchant, traitant en partie de la naivete des gens
September 20, 2009
Beautiful and strong movie
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