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    We Believed (Noi credevamo)

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    September 21, 2013

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    We Believed (Noi credevamo)

    Filmmaker Mario Martone initially seems beholden to a standard Italian cinema tradition: a literary adaptation of a classic novel (of the same title, by Anna Banti) concerning a patriotic moment in history (Il Risorgimento, or Italy's unification) that was famously addressed in the work of a past auteur (Visconti's Senso). We Believed...

    Filmmaker Mario Martone initially seems beholden to a standard Italian cinema tradition: a literary adaptation of a classic novel (of the same title, by Anna Banti) concerning a patriotic moment in history (Il Risorgimento, or Italy's unification) that was famously addressed in the work of a past auteur (Visconti's Senso). We Believed is no work of reassuring nostalgia, however, but a confrontational rejection of melodrama and sentiment. He presents a web of actors, perspectives and actions within high-definition video and a deliberate aesthetic formlessness. Acknowledging the ongoing debates and tensions that have shaped so much of the country’s history, he deconstructs the idea of history as having a romantic and noble arc, and instead rallies the intricate, fragmented complexities of true history as a basis for an avant-garde narrative immersion of sprawling scope and ambition.



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