Wedding Director (Il Regista di Matrimoni) (2008)



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Franco Elica, a dissolute movie director who slides into despair after being asked - to his horror - to make yet another version of Alessandro Manzoni's The Betrothed. Complicating matters is news that a looming sexual-harassment scandal is about to break. Hoping to avoid the scandal at all costs, Franco flees to Sicily where he hides out in a small village. There he meets a host of colorful characters: a man who makes his living shooting souvenir wedding films, a film director who is faking his own death to finally achieve the fame that has eluded him all his life, and the cultured nobleman Prince Ferdinando Gravina di Palagonia. The menacing Prince, a huge fan of Franco's movies, commissions the depraved filmmaker to shoot the wedding of his tempestuous daughter, Bona, with whom Elica quickly falls impulsively, idiotically, dangerously in love and whose wedding he becomes driven to sabotage at all costs.
Comedy , Drama
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Sergio Castellitto
as Franco Elica
Gianni Cavina
as Smamma
Donatella Finocchiaro
as Bona di Gravina
Sami Frey
as Principe di Gravina
Bruno Cariello
as Enzo Baiocco

Critic Reviews for Wedding Director (Il Regista di Matrimoni)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

In The Wedding Director, Sergio Castellitto, the film's star, is the perfect vessel for the director Marco Bellocchio's playful, sorrowful sensibility.

Full Review… | June 3, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

'Do you make art or chocolate commercials?' the prince taunts Franco. The strained art in The Wedding Director makes you hungry for the candy.

Full Review… | June 29, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The humour's less hit than miss, and a little of Castellitto's melancholia goes a very long way. Disappointing.

Full Review… | November 28, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[The] overriding deceptions and flaws give ample cause for an early annulment with discerning viewers.

May 20, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Promises much more than it delivers.

Full Review… | May 19, 2006
Top Critic

Unfortunately, The Wedding Director itself is a major comedown from Bellocchio's miraculous classic movies (Fist in His Pocket, The Eyes, the Mouth, etc.).

Full Review… | October 22, 2014
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for Wedding Director (Il Regista di Matrimoni)

Even if the incomprehensible last half-hour is a miss, this is a well-directed and sharp comedy with a great performance by Castellitto - and the scenes involving a film director faking his own death are the highlight.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

i saw this but didnt like it. i only liked the commentary on filmmaking. its not the actors fault its the story s fault.

Lisa Shaw
Lisa Shaw

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