Directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

Directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

4 Episodes

Halfway between the earth and the stars lies the cinema of the Taviani brothers, whose films marry unsparing naturalism with rapturous lyricism, couching the social concerns of the Italian neorealist movement in a heightened aesthetic language. This selection spotlights some of their greatest films, including the Palme d’Or–winning masterpiece PADRE PADRONE and the miraculous World War II fairy tale NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS, which beautifully encapsulates the deft interweaving of earthbound realism and cosmic transcendence at the heart of their work.

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Directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
  • Introducing Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

    Episode 1

    Film scholar David Forgacs introduces the filmmaking duo who breathed new life into the Italian neorealist tradition.

  • Padre padrone

    Episode 2

    Directed by Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani • 1977 • Italy
    Starring Omero Antonutti, Saverio Marconi

    Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival, this classic by the Taviani brothers is based on an autobiography by Gavino Ledda, “The One That Got Away.” Gavino is six when his...

  • The Night of the Shooting Stars

    Episode 3

    Directed by Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani • 1982 • Italy
    Starring Omero Antonutti, Margarita Lozano

    Set during the summer of 1944 in a small Tuscan town caught between the retreating German forces and the advancing American army, this cinematic fable is one of the Taviani brothers’ most ...

  • Kaos
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    Episode 4

    Kaos

    Episode 4

    Directed by Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani • 1984 • Italy
    Starring Margarita Lozano, Claudio Bigagli

    With this free adaptation of several works by Luigi Pirandello’s, the Taviani brothers constructed an ethereal odyssey into the Sicilian landscape. Structured as four stories and an epilog...