The Star Maker (L'uomo delle stelle) Reviews

  • Apr 30, 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. Però il film è 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 vacuità).

    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. Però il film è 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 vacuità).

  • Jan 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.

    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.

  • Dec 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 naïve 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.

    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 naïve 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.

  • Sep 19, 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.

    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.

  • Sep 06, 2012

    à un film ruffiano, di quelli che si vogliono far piacere e ci riescono. Scordatevi la storia, quella c'è, ma è completamente secondaria, per quanto non banale. Lo scopo del film è catturarti con delle musiche belle ed intense, con immagini della Sicilia allo stesso tempo più povera ma più 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.

    à un film ruffiano, di quelli che si vogliono far piacere e ci riescono. Scordatevi la storia, quella c'è, ma è completamente secondaria, per quanto non banale. Lo scopo del film è catturarti con delle musiche belle ed intense, con immagini della Sicilia allo stesso tempo più povera ma più 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.

  • Aug 08, 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.

    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.

  • Alice S Super Reviewer
    Aug 08, 2010

    Who is that woman in the poster? This movie about movies is nice but not nearly as well-put-together as <i>Cinema Paradiso</i>. 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.

    Who is that woman in the poster? This movie about movies is nice but not nearly as well-put-together as <i>Cinema Paradiso</i>. 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.

  • Jul 27, 2010

    Nominated for best Foreign Movie, The Star Maker showed a fake movie director heading to Sicily where he pretended to be a scout for movie studios of Rome. But, in fact, his camera was stolen and had no tape in it. He steal money from these poor villages, who were full of dreams to become movie stars. He gave them auditions where they talk with their hearts with very deep emotions. Only a teenager took this dream very seriously, and left with this fake director.It was a movie about the desire for celebrity, dreams and living in poverty. Sergio Castellito, gave a very strong performance as the fake director.

    Nominated for best Foreign Movie, The Star Maker showed a fake movie director heading to Sicily where he pretended to be a scout for movie studios of Rome. But, in fact, his camera was stolen and had no tape in it. He steal money from these poor villages, who were full of dreams to become movie stars. He gave them auditions where they talk with their hearts with very deep emotions. Only a teenager took this dream very seriously, and left with this fake director.It was a movie about the desire for celebrity, dreams and living in poverty. Sergio Castellito, gave a very strong performance as the fake director.

  • Stefanie C Super Reviewer
    Jun 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.

    '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.

  • Apr 25, 2010

    not the best iv seen of Tornatore, but still great acting and photography

    not the best iv seen of Tornatore, but still great acting and photography