The Campaign to achieve a DVD release for Giuseppe Tornatore’s superlative 1990 film, Stanno Tutti Bene.
So. Why has this film languished for 20 years having never been issued on DVD? Does there exist any technical or rights issue? Has anyone even asked Giuseppe Tornatore? Questions certainly need to be asked. And indeed they shall.
If one looks hard enough, and is prepared to pay silly prices, it’s possible to find an old VHS copy. But really, this is not good enough. Incidentally, according to the BFI, it’s last television screening was ten years ago. Oh, and on a justifiably brief side note, the recent US remake shall have no dominion here, nor in any further discussion on this matter.
Matteo Scuro, a retired Sicilian bureaucrat and opera buff has been stood up by his five children during the summer vacation, all of whom live in the mainland with responsible jobs. Despite that and the neighbours’ criticisms, he remains optimistic, considering that his children could not come because they are too busy. His children are named after popular opera characters, Tosca for Puccini’s Tosca, Canio for Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Norma for Bellini’s Norma, Guglielmo for Rossini’s Guglielmo Tell and Alvaro for Verdi’s La forza del destino.
He decides to surprise each with a visit and finds none as he imagined and each of his children seem to reflect the opera character after whom they were named. Matteo’s journeys take him to Naples, Rome, Florence, Milan and Turin to search for each of his children; he even spends one night on the streets among the homeless. Scuro returns to Sicily, visits his wife’s grave and reports with irony that they are fine. [ source: Wikipedia ]
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