Caro Diario

Directed by Nanni Moretti
Film Movement Classics
1993
100 Minutes
Italy, France
Italian, English, Mandarin
Biography, Comedy, Drama
Not Rated

Filmmaker Nanni Moretti (Nanni Moretti) goes on three disparate journeys. First, he rides through Rome on a scooter, musing on cinema, and has a chance encounter with actress Jennifer Beals (Jennifer Beals). Next, he and his friend, Gerardo (Renato Carpentieri), tour a number of islands searching for a peaceful place to write a screenplay. And finally, Moretti, hampered by a nagging skin rash, goes from doctor to doctor looking for the right diagnosis, which may or may not turn out to be severe. A new 2K restoration overseen by the film's director of photography.

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Reviews

  • "It’s a masterwork by a modern movie man, for whom images have effaced the boundary between life and art."
    Richard Brody, The New Yorker
  • "For all his apparent casualness, Mr. Moretti is a perfectionist who shapes his material with subtle care. With a seductive rhythm, the film alternates between wry encounters and lovely restful interludes, the latter presented so soothingly that they create a contemplative mood. (An elegiac, wordless visit to the place where the director Pier Paolo Pasolini was killed is one example.) Beautiful Italian scenery is also among this film's many pleasures."
    Janet Maslin, The New York TImes
  • "Why do I love it? Why should you see it, if you haven't? Perhaps most of all for a sequence, a third of the way through, where the narration falls away and we follow Moretti to the place outside Rome where Pier Paolo Pasolini was murdered in November 1975 – vast, swooping takes filmed behind the Vespa, cut to an ecstatic piano improvisation by Keith Jarrett. It's made of light, movement, rhythm; flickering shapes and stillness. Which is, when you think about it, all that cinema really is."
    Andrew Dickson, The Guardian
  • "Fresh and relevant yet always playful, “Caro Diario” features a modern Italian comedian, whose genius places him not only in the good company of Woody Allen and his elders too, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin."
    Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.com
  • ""Caro Diario"... is held together by Moretti's wit, his self-effacing personality, and by his singular ability to conjure both joy and sadness out of the surreal. "
    Ken Shulman, The International Herald Tribune