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Kaos (1984)

Five stories by Luigi Pirandello set in turn-of-the-century Italy.

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Luigi Pirandello (stories), Paolo Taviani (screenplay) (as Paolo) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margarita Lozano ... Mariagrazia (segment "L'altro figlio")
Orazio Torrisi Orazio Torrisi ... Comizzi (segment "L'altro figlio")
Carlo Cartier Carlo Cartier ... Il giovane dottore (segment "L'altro figlio")
Biagio Barone Biagio Barone ... Salvatore (segment "Requiem")
Laura Mollica Laura Mollica ... La ragazza / Francesca (segments "L'altro figlio" and "Requiem")
Salvatore Rossi Salvatore Rossi ... Il patriarca (segments "L'altro figlio" and "Requiem")
Franco Scaldati Franco Scaldati ... Don Sarso (segment "Requiem")
Pasquale Spadola Pasquale Spadola ... Il barone (segment "Requiem")
Claudio Bigagli ... Batà (segment "Mal di luna")
Massimo Bonetti Massimo Bonetti ... Saro (segments "Mal di luna" and "Colloquio con la madre")
Enrica Maria Modugno ... Sidora (segment "Mal di luna")
Anna Malvica Anna Malvica ... La madre (segment "Mal di luna")
Regina Bianchi Regina Bianchi ... Madre di Pirandello (segment "Colloquio con la madre") (as Régina Bianchi)
Laura De Marchi ... Nonna di Pirandello (segment "Colloquio con la madre")
Giovanna Taviani Giovanna Taviani ... Madre di Pirandello (segment "Colloquio con la madre")
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Storyline

The film consists of four stories plus epilogue, set in 19th-century Sicily. THE OTHER SON - A mother spends her life waiting for news from her two sons (emigrated to America) while ignoring her third, because he is the reincarnation of the bandit who raped her. MOON SICKNESS - a newly-wed peasant girl discovers that her husband goes mad every full moon. She arranges for a male friend to protect her, but they end up in bed together just as the moon emerges from behind a cloud. THE JAR - a rich landowner hires a master craftsman to repair a giant olive jar, but the craftsman gets trapped inside. REQUIEM - villagers band together in an attempt to force their landlord to let them bury their dead. CONVERSATIONS WITH MOTHER - the writer Luigi Pirandello talks with his aged mother about a story he always wanted to write, but which he never managed to capture in words. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Taglines:

A Canvas of People, Politics, Passion, and Pirandello.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chaos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,412, 17 February 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$325,717
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmtre, Rai 1 See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Sidora: I'll never ask you for anything again - never again! Make me happy just for one time! Just once... just for tonight!
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Alternate Versions

Theatrical release in Italy did not include the segment "Requiem". See more »


Soundtracks

Arietta 'L'ho perduta'
from opera "Le nozze di Figaro"
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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beautiful and surpassing without pretentious messages
29 July 2001 | by rogierrSee all my reviews

Kaos is one obvious masterpiece of the Taviani brothers. Unfortunately I can not explain the title. But I don't think there is a clear explanation or important message in any of the stories either, in contrast with Kobayashi's Kwaidan (1964), which consists clearly of four stories about ghosts. Kaos seems to deal with family or legacy in general. There are five fairy-tales from Luigi Pirandello about ordinary people and the curious small worlds (or illusions) they find themselves in. I'm not going to reveal exactly what happens in the stories. It's just fantastic and a little nostalgic to watch the strange events and behaviour of different people for three hours without fancy special FX. Credit to cinematographer Giuseppe Lanci (Nostalghia, 1983) and composer Nicola Piovani of course, who did a surpassing job. The performances of the actors are great and never overdone. That wouldn't be appropriate for such a sober work of cinema that could have taken place 200 years ago. It may be not an important film, but it IS unforgettable, timeless and will become one of your personal favourites.

10 points out of 10 :-)


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