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I Fidanzati
I Fidanzati (1964)
18 months ago via Movies on Facebook

Fairly straightforward story of a north Italian metalworker who takes a job in Sicily, leaving behind his fiancé. They soon come to realise that being apart only strengthen their feelings for each other.

Some people might be put off by the slowness and "eventless-ness" of it, but I think it's a subtle and incredible piece of cinema by director Ermanno Olmi (of The Legend of the Holy Drinker). I'm tempted to rank Olmi right up there with Kurosawa, Ozu and Bergman.

What I admire most about this movie is the way that Olmi uses very filmic techniques to convey the emotions of the characters, and the way he integrates flashbacks into the main "plot" (and I use that term lightly); often filmmakers rely on expository dialogue, voice-overs or other cheap tricks, but Olmi simply uses editing and relies on the subtle performances of his actors. It is so brilliant and effortless that I can't help but wonder why other filmmakers can't do the same. Because they haven't got Olmi's talent, is probably the answer.