Films By Pupi Avati

PUPI AVATI SPECIALIZES IN COMEDIES, often with large groups of people. His latest, A Story of Boys And Girls, is one of his best: a wholly delightful film that engages the audience to join in the engagement celebrations of a city boy and a country girl in the winter of 1936. ... The traditional feast (a 20-course meal) has been prepared by the girl's extended family — and the local priest — in the... Read more
Director's Note: "Bix (portrayed by Bryant Weeks, a young American actor 'discovered' in screen test No. 449 out of 450) is a homage to a mythical figure from my youth. ... I met Bix Beiderbecke by chance because of the flu. I was 15 years old and my mother borrowed a book for me from the local library called The Guide to the Jazz Greats. And there, summed up in two and a half pages, I found out a... Read more
"One of my favourite giallo films." – Eli Roth ... A young painter named Stefano is sent to a rural Italian village to restore a fresco in a local church. The picture, which depicts the murder of St Sebastian, was painted by a mysterious man who disappeared years ago. As soon as Stefano arrives in town to begin his work, people start dying. ... Largely forgotten until recent years, this giallo fro... Read more
A long-time soccer club manager (played by the late, great Ugo Tognazzi) is retrenched, then recatled to rescue a poorly performing team. With his demeanour of a man in a hurry, fast-talking, headstrong, an all-round operator who loves power, Tognazzi reinforces the feeling of "speed" that the film suggests. The terse editing style matches the pace of a real 90-minute soccer match. Avati, brother ... Read more
It is the last day of 1899. A new century lies on the horizon. and Francesca Babini (Inès Sastre) is set to marry a man she does not love. Forced into the position by her family, she is openly anxious and uncertain. During the ceremony she is introduced to Angelo Beliossi (Diego Abatantuono). who has just returned from 15 years in America, where he is rumoured to have made his fortune. After one p... Read more
The brief sojourn of 14 year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Bologna, to sit for a musical composition exam, is the starting-point for Avati's high-spirited, whimsical, 18th C. "teen-pic". Set against the actual backdrop of the filmmaker's own adolescence, We Three breezily conjures both the fleeting joys of growing up and the mysterious beauty of Avati's beloved home region. ... Director's Note: "... Read more
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