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Paolo and Vittorio Taviani are perhaps best known for their movie, "The Night of the Shooting Stars," and are among the most famous film directors in Italy’s cinematic history. This documentary, “Passion and Utopia” tells, in their words and in the words of actors, photographers, and producers who worked with them, the story of their long partnership during which they made dozens of films. It also features clips from their movies, and behind-the-scenes footage during the filming of their movies.

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Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 1

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Italy

This documentary is about 2 brothers — the Taviani brothers — who are famous for having made many award-winning Italian movies. The short clips from their films will surely entice us to see the complete movies in the original Italian. Perhaps the most famous one is La Notte di San Lorenzo from 1982, whose English language release had the title: the Night of the Shooting Stars.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 2

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Italy

The Taviani brothers lived through the war, so they had a good feel for the terror people felt. But as kids they were also very much affected by the movies offered at the time.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 3

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Italy

The Taviani brothers talk about how, as young movie lovers, they would grab their bikes and go to whatever movie theater in the area was showing their favorite films. Then they had to go to the big city, Rome, to pitch their first documentary. They learned a valuable lesson.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 4

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Italy

San Miniato is where the Taviani brothers were born, but it was also the birthplace of their careers in filmmaking. Their first was a documentary and right away they had some problems with censorship.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 5

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Italy

Actor Giulio Brogi talks about how his role in "The Subversives" mirrored his character at the time. The Taviani brothers describe how they found another actor in that film, young Lucio Dalla, the famous (and now deceased) singer-songwriter.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 6

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Italy

In nineteen sixty-nine they made a different kind of film, "Under the Sign of Scorpio," and needed a special place to film it in. The whole cast, together with the directors, felt a particular sense of community both during and after the filming.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 7

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Italy

The Taviani brothers talk about how their movie "Under the Sign of Scorpio" was received at the Venice film festival, and about their location scouting for the film.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 8

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Italy

The directors talk about the important role the sea played in their films. Another element that played an important part was color, used to express feelings and situations.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 9

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Italy

The Taviani brothers talk about how color and images can be more important than the story itself. There are clips from interviews with them when they were much younger, and the director of photography contributes some thoughts, as well. The movie featured in this segment is "Good Morning, Babylon" from 1987.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 10

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Italy

This segment explains the title of the movie, "Saint Michael had a rooster." The Taviani brothers, as well as the lead actor, talk about some aspects of the story, and Nanni Moretti comments on the camera technique.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 11

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Italy

The political vision of the Taviani brothers comes through in their movies, especially "Allonsanfan." The choices they made in the story were simply a reflection of their thinking at the time, not because the movies themselves were affiliated with a particular political party.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 12

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Italy

Although their films weren't overtly political, the Taviani brothers saw and heard what was "in the air" in Italy, and somehow captured some the essence of it, without even being aware of it.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 13

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Italy

The Taviani brothers talk about their movie The Elective Affinities, based on a novel by Goethe. Central to the film is the conflict between reason and passion, nature and the idea of utopia, as the love stories of two couples unfold.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 14

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Italy

Isabelle Huppert talks (in French) about the craziness of the film and the Taviani brothers talk about the character of their male protagonist and why they set the film in Tuscany, even though the story is German.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 15

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Italy

The Taviani brothers, as well as others in the filmmaking world, talk about what acting means, and how each actor brings something different to telling the story.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 16

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Italy

Saverio Marconi talks about the job of an actor. Nanni Moretti tells of an embarrassing moment on the set of a movie he was making with the Taviani brothers. Vittorio and Paolo Taviani talk about why they shot "Caesar Must Die" in black and white.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 17

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Italy

The Taviani brothers, at around eighty years of age, feel like they have gone back to their more reckless early days, with Caesar Must Die.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 18

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Nanni Moretti tells about how he got to see Caesar Must Die before it was released. The composer, Giuliano Taviani talks about how he became interested in writing music for film, and how budget limits actually inspired him in writing the music for this movie.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 19

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Italy

Music plays an essential role in the films of the Taviani brothers. It's like having another actor. Composer Nicola Piovani knows something about this having worked with them on some of their movies. He also composed the soundtrack for the movie La Vita è Bella (Life is Beautiful) with Roberto Benigni.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 20

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Italy

Music and sound have major roles in the movies of the Taviani brothers. Notably, the tarantella from Allonsanfàn, written by Ennio Morricone, was also used by Tarantino in one of his movies, and that's when it became famous.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 21

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Italy

We learn about the ideas behind the movies, "Father and Master" and "The Night of the Shooting Stars," and how music played a major role in both movies.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 22

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Italy

The Taviani brothers were adolescents during World War II, and talk about how tense it was growing up with the Germans and fascists so close by. A woman at a bar gives them directions to find one of the locations for filming "The Night of the Shooting Stars."

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 24

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Italy

It's not often that two people, let alone brothers, can work together in perfect harmony. But artists who have worked with the Taviani brothers say they came very close. Paolo and Vittoio knew what they wanted and they knew how they wanted to obtain it, down to the letter.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 25

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Italy

This is the final installment of the documentary dedicated to the Taviani brothers. It concludes as they do some location scouting in the marvelous old city of Montepulciano for Maraviglioso Boccaccio (Wondrous Boccaccio), a 2015 film. Vittorio Taviani died in 2015 at the age of 88, and Paolo is 89 and still making films.

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