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 acclaimed films. Framed as a mother’s recollection of her wartime experience to her six-year-old son, the story takes on the quality of a fairy tale. In it, the Tavianis create some of their most lyrical and poetic images.