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"Stromboli, terra di Dio" and "Volcano Lovers"

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Sorgi, the author, long before Edda Ciano and the Communist, in the late 40's, wrote another book that is a love story born out of his love of the Aeolian Islands. In "Volcano Lovers", In Volcano Lovers, Sorgi highlights the love triangle among the director Roberto Rossellini, with the fabulous actor Anna Magnani, the main character and his girlfriend at that time, and the young and beautiful Ingrid Bergman, whom the director fell in love with during the filming of the movie, "Stromboli, terra di Dio". When Magnani and Rossellini broke up, Roberto soon left the production to enjoy Ingrid's company. At that point, the Sicilian producers Prince Francesco Alliata and his partner Pietro Moncada di Paterno', hired a new director, the German William Dieterle. Magnani stayed on as the female protagonist alongside the famous Italian actor Rossano Brazzi. The title of the movie was changed to "Vulcano" and the set was moved on the closer island, Volcano.

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Il Postino, The Postman 1994 , directed by Michael Radford

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Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret) the famous Chilean poet and communist, is exiled to a small island in Sicily for political reasons. His wife accompanies him. On the island, local Mario Ruoppolo (Massimo Troisi) is dissatisfied with being a fisherman like his father. Mario looks for other work and is hired as a temporary postman with Neruda as his only customer. To get the job, he must declare himself a communist to keep the postmaster happy. He uses his bicycle to hand deliver Neruda's mail. Though poorly educated, the postman eventually befriends Neruda and becomes further influenced by Neruda's political views and poetry.
Meanwhile, Mario falls in love with a beautiful young lady, Beatrice Russo (Maria Grazia Cucinotta) , who works in her aunt's village cafe. He is shy with her, but he enlists Neruda's help.
Mario constantly asks Neruda if particular metaphors he uses are suitable for his poems. Mario is able to better communicate with Beatrice and express his love through poetry. Despite the aunt's strong disapproval of Mario, because of his sensual poetry (which turns out to be largely stolen from Neruda), Beatrice responds favorably. The two are married. The priest refuses to allow Mario to have Neruda as his best man, due to politics; however, this is soon resolved. This was because Di Cosimo was the politician in office in the area with the Christian Democrats. At the wedding, Neruda receives the welcome news that there is no longer a Chilean warrant for his arrest, so he returns to Chile.
Mario writes a letter but never gets any reply. Several months later he receives a letter from Neruda. However to his dismay it is actually from his secretary, asking Mario to send Neruda's old belongings back to Chile. While there Mario comes upon an old phonograph and listens to the song he first heard when he met Neruda. Moved by this he makes recordings of all the beautiful sounds on the island onto a cassette including the heartbeat of his soon-to-be-born child.
We wont reveal the end so you can watch it and enjoy it is a real masterpiece!
Academy Awards
At the 68th Academy Awards (1995), Il Postino: The Postman received five nominations and one Academy Award.
  • The film's score, composed by Luis Enríquez Bacalov, won the Academy Award for Best Music (Original Dramatic Score) and (as well as a BAFTA Award).
  • The film was also nominated for: Best Picture; Best Director (Michael Radford); Best Actor in a Leading Role (Massimo Troisi); and Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published).
In the categories for Best Actor and Best Writing, Massimo Troisi received posthumous nominations. Bravissimo Massimo sei stato e rimarrai sempre un grande!!!

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The Ionian coast of Sicily as a natural movie Set

"From The Godfather to Roberto Benigni" MOvie PIX The Ionian coast of Sicily has served as an outdoor set for many movies such as "Intrigo in Taormina" with Ugo Tognazzi and Walter Chiari (1960), "Il Piccolo Diavolo" with Italian actor and Academy Award winner Roberto Benigni and the American Walter Matthau (1988), "Le grand bleu" by Luc Besson, starring Jean Reno (1988) and of course The Godfather (Part III) by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Al Pacino (1990).
But we're sure that until now not so many people know that Coppola chosen two other and unknown locations, few miles north of Taormina, to shoot amazing and unforgettable scenes : Forza D'Agrò and Savoca, two beautiful Medioeval little towns on the top of the hills between the Peloritani Mountains facing Calabria and the Ionian Coast of Sicily. These are the locations where, in the movie, Michael Corleone (the young Al Pacino) in Godfather II, leaves New York to go and hide him self, goes hunting and finds love and gets married with a beautiful Sicilian girl daughter of a local mafia boss.
Look around you and admire landscapes, streets and views; some places will seem familiar to you, reminiscent of a movie scene, such as: the "Bar Vitelli", that kept the same name, still exists and shows all Godfather memorabilia and signed pictures by the movie stars on the walls. Wonders and surprises are waiting for you, the ancient church, the beautiful Sicilian Baroque country villa, where the couple had the wedding party - the passing Sicilian cart, souvenir shops and delicious ice creams, it's all in the movies!

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