ITALIAN CINEMA NOW: Romanzo Di Una Strage

Today, Trish and I watched the Italian film Romanzo di una strage by Marco Tullio Giordana. It’s a period film set in 1969 Milan, and is loosely based on the book The Secret of Piazza Fontana.

The plot is basically this: the National Bank of Agriculture in Piazza Fontana is bombed, resulting to more than a dozen casualties. The authorities assume that it is the work of anarchists, but they find out a few subplots later, that the anarchists were actually framed and that the problem, as well as the people who were truly behind it, was so much bigger than all of them. “Do you think justice is just?” asked the wife of Pinelli. The movie answers with a resounding NO, as many innocent people are seen killed, while the guilty are absolved.

A lot of thoughts swam in my head while I was watching that movie. (I know, I can’t believe I’m reacting to a political movie either, but it left me with so many feels!)

THE CURRENT STATE OF THINGS. Watching that movie made me thankful that I live in a time and place where things are, well, kinda great. The country’s GDP has apparently risen (although people still see this as insignificant), we aren’t part of any wars (at least not actively), and democracy is alive and kicking (even more than it should). Sure, economically (and culturally!), we aren’t as good as we were back in Marcos’ time, but I’d like to think oppression is lesser now, or at least kept on the down-low. Ugh, I honestly know nothing about the current state of the nation, but the point is, I don’t think it’s as bad as before and I feel like…

TECHNOLOGY PLAYS A HUGE PART IN THIS. I feel like the internet, social networking sites, and blogs play a huge part in this, as these are used as vessels to spread peace, love and awesomeness. Everyday, tens of thousands of content are created to inspire and promote love — appreciation of people, things, and fandoms through blogs, memes, and YouTube videos; raising awareness for the ill and oppressed, etc. You know how they say communication is the key to every relationship? Well, I feel that this applies to this situation as well, since now, we are more aware of how things are, not only in our country, but also the rest of the world. We can easily communicate what we think and feel, and we can, in our own little way, help make things better for people in need.

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF? I feel like I understand now the importance of the course, International Studies. If I’m not mistaken, one of the things IS majors learn in their course is the history of (international) politics. As such, I realize that they (and maybe History majors) have a huge role to play in making sure that history does not repeat itself (or at least not the tragic parts).

Sadly, at present, this doesn’t look like the case. Despite the inspiring works of love and peace being easily accessible to us, sometimes, it’s not enough to trump selfishness and personal interests. This, in particular, made me uneasy. I wonder if in the 22nd century, there will be another Hitler… or Osama Bin Laden… and if so, what would trigger their existence? *shudders at the thought*

I’d like to think humanity has evolved from that already, and that the only part of history that should repeat itself is fashion… or the concept of girl bands. Viva le Spice Girls! LOL.


Let’s talk about how the film was made. The movie was good. (Duh, it made me write this entry!) I liked the costume, hair, make-up, set design — it looked so 60s legit! The coloring was nice, as well; made me think it was filmed at an earlier time, though it was really just released this year.

One thing I didn’t like about the film was the fact that it was told in chapters (it was cut into parts). It reminded me of the writing style of Casual Vacancy. Which I still haven’t finished reading. Blergh. I also felt like the story had too many characters. I had already allotted majority of my brain for the subtitles so worrying about who’s who was a challenge. But maybe that’s just me.

Ooh, see the guy on the left in the picture above? He plays one of the anarchists, Giuseppe Pinelli. I researched him just because he looked so familiar… and now I know why! He played Commander Olivetti in the film adaptation of Angels & Demons! *spaaaaazzzzz*

Anyway, back to the film. The ending was quite funny. Actually, no, not really, but the last scene was shot in an obviously ominous manner. Like, it was maybe two whole minutes of footage showing the last interaction between Calabresi (guy on right) and his wife, and his wife cleaning the dishes, etc. The way it was shown was just so completely different from how the rest of the movie was told so you just KNOW that something bad was going to happen. And voila!

I’m planning to watch more films tomorrow. If you’re from Manila and you have some free time in your hands, head on over to Greenbelt 3 to catch what remains of the Italian film fest! 🙂 Here’s the schedule for your convenience:

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