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Good Morning Babylon (1987)

Good morning Babilonia (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, War | 13 May 1987 (France)
After the bankruptcy of their father's stonemasonry firm, Nicola and Andrea emigrate to America to restore their fortunes. After many adventures and near-disasters, they end up in Hollywood... See full summary »

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Paolo Taviani (story), Vittorio Taviani (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Spano ... Nicola Bonnano
Joaquim de Almeida ... Andrea Bonnano
Greta Scacchi ... Edna Bonnano
Désirée Nosbusch ... Mabel Bonnano (as Desiree Becker)
Omero Antonutti ... Bonanno aka Babbo
Bérangère Bonvoisin Bérangère Bonvoisin ... Mrs. Griffith
David Brandon ... Grass, Griffith's Production Manager
Brian Freilino Brian Freilino ... Thompson, Griffith's Assistant
Margarita Lozano ... The Venetian
Massimo Venturiello Massimo Venturiello ... Duccio Bonnano
Andrea Prodan Andrea Prodan ... Irish Cameraman
Charles Dance ... D.W. Griffith
Dorotea Ausenda Dorotea Ausenda
Ugo Bencini Ugo Bencini
Daniel Bosch Daniel Bosch
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Storyline

After the bankruptcy of their father's stonemasonry firm, Nicola and Andrea emigrate to America to restore their fortunes. After many adventures and near-disasters, they end up in Hollywood designing sets for D.W. Griffith and marry beautiful actresses, but tragedy strikes with the arrival of World War I, which finds the brothers fighting on opposite sides... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Once upon a time there were Andrea, Nicola and D.W. Griffith...

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 May 1987 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Good Morning, Babylon See more »

Filming Locations:

Livorno, Tuscany, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$183,700
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmtre, Rai 1, Films A2 See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The re-release in Spain was only in 3 theaters: Madrid (Conde Duque, Verdi) and Barcelona (Verdi). The film was only projected 1 day in subtitled version. See more »

Goofs

The director D.W. Griffith is sat into his car and looking outside the right window, attracted by the Italian Pavillion of the Universal Expo in San Francisco. He asks the driver to stop, gets down, walks around the car and, on the left side, looks again towards the Pavillion (that should have been on the right side) See more »

Quotes

D.W. Griffith: Never mind. Artists communicate through their work.
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Soundtracks

La Gazza Ladra - Sinfonia
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Giovanni Gherardini [based on "La pie voleuse" by Théodore Baudouin d'Aubigny and Louis-Charles Caigniez ]
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talented filmmaking team bites off more than they can chew
23 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

The idea, at least, was intriguing: to recreate the magic and decadence of early Hollywood as seen through the eyes of two innocent, impoverished Italian stone cutters working on the set of D.W. Griffith's monumental 1916 epic 'Intolerance'. It's the perfect setting for a meditation on the end of Hollywood's precocious adolescence (Griffith's film was the first and most ambitious megabuck box-office flop), but rarely has a film launched with such promise landed with such a thud. In their first English language feature the Taviani brothers evoke none of the heady freedom that followed movie-making out West. Their Hollywood is a pitiful facsimile, patched together from a few myths and daydreams into an artificial costume drama, with cardboard characters mouthing dialogue that (one hopes) suffered in translation. The brief glimpse of footage from 'Intolerance' itself only underlines how little the Tavianis aspired to and how limited their resources were.


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