Tu ridi (You Laugh) (You're Laughing) (1998)




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Novellas by Luigi Pirandello provided the source for this Italian anthology of two tales written and directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. "Felice," set in Rome of the '30s, focuses on former opera baritone Felice (Antonio Albanese), now an accountant at the Teatro dell'Opera. Felice roars with laughter during his sleep, prompting his suspicious Russian wife (Elena Ghiaurov) to leave him. Abrasive opera director Migliori (Luca Zingaretti) has a daily ritual of tormenting crippled Rambaldi (Giuseppe Cederna). Since Felice has dreamed of joining Migliori in this humiliation, he is overcome with guilt when Rambaldi commits suicide. Felice makes plans to drown himself, but his future brightens after he finds romance with former chorus girl Nora (Sabrina Ferilli). "Two Kidnappings" begins in contemporary Sicily with a mobster holding a youth (Steve Spedicato) hostage to prevent his Mafia turncoat father from naming names but then segues to a kidnapping of 100 years earlier at the same location. Originally a three-parter, the third tale was filmed and edited but later deleted from the final release version. Nicola Piovani's orchestral score includes selections from Rossini. The Taviani brothers previously adapted Pirandello in their 1984 Kaos. Shown at the 1998 Venice Film Festival , the 1998 Toronto Film Festival, and the 1998 New York Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi


Antonio Albanese
as Felice [Felice]
Sabrina Ferilli
as Nora [Felice]
Luca Zingaretti
as Migliori [Felice]
Giuseppe Cederna
as Rambaldi [Felice]
Elena Ghiaurov
as Mariska [Felice]
Dario Cantarelli
as Doctor [Felice]
Turi Ferro
as Ballaro [Two Kidnappings]
Lello Arena
as Rocco [Two Kidnappings]
Steve Spedicato
as Vincenzo [Two Kidnappings]
Orio Scaduto
as 1st kidnapper [Two Kidnappings]
Ludovico Calderera
as 2nd kidnapper [Two Kidnappings]
Roberto Fuzio
as 3rd kidnapper [Two Kidnappings]
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