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Overview: Robbing Mussolini – Cineuropa

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– Regardless of technical decency and a promising fundamental idea, Renato De Maria’s new movie is chaotic and unenjoyable

Maybe probably the most hotly anticipated titles on this yr’s version of Rome Movie Fest, Robbing Mussolini by Renato De Maria may show to be a bitter disappointment for a lot of viewers. Offered within the Grand Public part and scheduled to drop on Netflix on 26 October, the movie is the product of a reasonably fascinating concept.

It’s 1945, we’re in Milan and the struggle is about to finish. A thief lively on the black market who goes by the identify of “Isola” (Pietro Castellitto), and his girlfriend, a cabaret singer referred to as Yvonne (Matilde De Angelis), discover themselves planning the theft of Benito Mussolini’s legendary treasure, which the Duke has hidden within the metropolis’s so-called “Black Zone”. After the raid, they plan to flee to Switzerland with their haul. Helped by loyal Marcello (Tommaso Ragno), they collect collectively an not possible crew of associates as a way to perform the raid: most noteworthy amongst them is an anarchist nicknamed Molotov (Alberto Astorri), Mille Miglia race automobile driving champion Giovanni Fabbri (a wasted Marcello Macchia, higher often called Maccio Capatonda) and an unbelievable character named Hessa (Coco Rebecca Edogamhe, who’s completely miscast right here). The fascist antagonists are all lowered to caricatures, particularly the celebration official Borsalino (Filippo Timi) and his spouse: the movie diva with an excellent previous Nora Cavalieri (Isabella Ferrari).

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It must be mentioned that the performing performances, that are all sadly under par, are closely constricted by weak writing in relation to character building, and superficial when exploring battle, whereas the movie’s narrative subplots are disappointingly predictable.

The musical and aesthetic mishmash within the movie doesn’t enhance the general end result both. The soundtrack curated by David Holmes, for instance, options anachronistic selections resembling Se bruciasse la città by Massimo Ranieri, Amandoti by Gianna Nannini, and Tutto nero by Caterina Caselli, a number of of that are both extra-diegetic, or diegetic when sung by Yvonne. At varied factors – when the group’s accomplices are launched, for instance, or after they’re speaking about phases inside the plan – the movie indulges in animated sequences, illogically transporting us in direction of one other kind of labor which is arguably nearer to the cinecomic type.

Numerous different particulars fail to make sense, notably the dynamics in varied “messy” motion scenes. A few of these are too pressured to just accept, even when making an attempt our greatest to droop disbelief. One instance value mentioning on this respect is Molotov’s far-fetched liberation. On this explicit scene, which unfolds in broad daylight, Hessa, a black partisan in males’s clothes, manages to steal the keys to free Molotov from the pocket of a Black Shirt as she walks previous him. She does in order the guard is marching proper alongside his platoon, and no person notices a factor. Hessa manages to move the keys to Isola, who’s disguised as a monk, who manages to move them on to Molotov earlier than his hanging sentence is carried out. All of them subsequently handle to flee because of Fabbri, who, on the wheel of a pick-up truck, kicks up an absurd amount of mud, spinning the car full circle and creating confusion between enemy traces.

What else can we are saying? It’s one other missed alternative. Higher curation of writing and stylistic cohesion would have sufficed to enhance the general consequence significantly.

Robbing Mussolini is a Bibi Movie TV manufacturing.

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(Translated from Italian)



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