Re-Watch: Momo (1986)

Director: Johannes Schaaf
Writer: Johannes Schaaf, Rosemarie Fendel, Michael Ende, Marcello Coscia
Based on: Michael Ende‘s novel
Cast: Radost Bokel, Mario Adorf, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sylvester Groth, Leopoldo Trieste, Ninetto Davoli, Concetta Russino, Bruno Stori, Francesco De Rosa, Elide Melli, Pietro Tordi, Hartmut Kollakowsky, John Huston
Seen on: 24.2.2018

Momo (Radost Bokel) lives on her own in a ruin in the center of the village. She knows everybody in town. In fact, everbody knows each other and takes care of each other, not minding that all the social niceties do take time. But the town’s slow pace is disrupted when mysterious gray men show up and make it clear to everybody how much time they are wasting. There’s only Momo who can try and get rid of them.

Momo is one of my childhood favorites, so when they announced a special screening at the cinema, I knew I wanted to catch it on the big screen. And it was a great opportunity to see a film that still holds up wonderfully.

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Nuovo Cinema Paradiso [Cinema Paradiso] (1988)

Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Writer: Giuseppe Tornatore, Vanna Paoli
Cast: Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Jacques Perrin, Philippe Noiret, Antonella Attili, Leopoldo Trieste, Agnese Nano

When Toto was a little boy (Salvatore Cascio), he fell in love with the cinema. Supported, if roughly, by projectionist Alfredo (Philippe Noiret) he learns about film by becoming a projectionist himself, continuing on as a teenager (Marco Leonardi). But in a small Sicilian town, there aren’t many options and Toto will have to decide what he wants from life.

Nuovo Cinema Paradiso is, for the most part, really funny and sweet. I did not appreciate the romantic subplot, but other than that I really enjoyed it.



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