Wednesday, June 27, 2007

DVD: The Tiger and the Snow

What a charming movie that takes the happy viewer down the garden path to delight! It is in many ways the perfect romantic movie. Directed, written, and starred in by Robert Benigni, the movie tells of the love of Attilio de Giovanni (Benigni) for Vittoria, played by Nicoletta Braschi. Braschi, real-life spouse of Benigni who also produced the film, certainly has the beauty and chard that would cause a man to make a jackass of himself. I would volunteer for the opportunity.

The plot centers around Italian poet Attilio to gain the attention of the woman he loves. Benigni does his useful commanding job playing a man who is devoted to a cause, in this case the lovely Vittoria. When Vittoria is severely injured in Iraq, Attilio does what any rational man would do to rescue the woman he loves: he lies.

I won't go ant further out of fear of spoiling the movie, but ending is delightful and delighted me. The movie is a real romance unsullied by gratuitous sex or nudity.

Oddly enough, I've seen some reviews complaining if the lack of factual accuracy in the movie. What nonsense. Such complaints signal a reviewer without spirit and romance. To insist on factual accuracy is similar to insisting that Velveeta is a fine cheese. I give it an A or 94%.

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
What is essential is invisible to the eye." -- Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Pop some popcorn and let's watch a double feature.