I fidanzati

1963 [ITALIAN]

Drama

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IMDb Rating 7.6 10 1840

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Reviewed by FilmCriticLalitRao 10 / 10

I Fidanzati : A good Italian film whose director Ermanno Olmi has a taste for revealing humane values.

In many ways, Italian film "I Fidanzati"/The Fiances can be considered as a stylish extension of Ermanno Olmi's previous film "Il Posto". Both of his films present the preponderance of man over machine as human beings have the ability to reveal their sentiments, crack a joke, dance and sing. Olmi has shot his film with the astute eyes of a documentary filmmaker who is more interested in capturing the daily lives of his protagonists. A scene which elicits widespread sympathy involves the waiter of an industrial hostel who shares the troubled tale of his son's illness with a new employee. The industrial landscape of Sicily has been shown in all its honesty with some casual yet frank shots of industrial plants with workers who toil throughout days and nights. A sensible viewer does not lose much time to discover that this is a film about a man trying to find his rightful place amidst a fast changing industrial scenario where some old men are believed to have collapsed due to loneliness. The film also echoes its Neorealist concerns about the romantic lives of two young people who had to separate due to circumstances beyond their control. Ermanno Olmi creates a balanced position of young lovers by showing how each of them is dealing with the absence of the other partner. Finally,I Fidanzati is a perfect film for those viewers who would like true to life stories unroll before their eyes.

Reviewed by jotix100 8 / 10

The separation

We are taken to what appears a neighborhood dance hall, as the film begins. The lights are out, the people are seated, awaiting the start of the music. The musicians arrive and begin playing. Two women of a certain age take to the floor, followed by the other couples. It's at this point that Giovanni and Liliana, who are serious about one another, enter and sit at one of the tables. Hardly a word is spoken, yet, watching Lilliana's face, we realize something is wrong.

We figure the problem lies in the fact that Giovanni has accepted a position in a new industrial complex his company has set up in Sicily. The job means he will be away for a whole year with better pay and a promotion. This doesn't sit well with Lilianna, and her attitude at the dance hall explains the way she feels the separation will take Giovanni away from her forever.

As Giovanni gets settled into the job, we watch him roaming the streets of the little town. He is clearly a loner since he prefers his own company. Giovanni has to struggle with the fact his elderly father has stayed behind and must deal with the idea of living in a nursing home. Toward the end of the story he receives a letter from Lilianna where she gives him news of home. Giovanni, who obviously misses her sees a way for resuming their relationship.

Ermanno Olmi was a documentary maker before his magnificent screen debut with "Il Posto". In a way, "I Fidanzati" feels like a continuation of the other film. The ballroom sequence brings to mind the New Year's ball of the former movie. This idea is arrived at because the bored expressions of the couples at the neighborhood dance hall. No one seems to be having fun. Lilianna, whose face betrays her, shows a woman at the border of despair as she figures that Giovanni's departure means the end of her chances of marrying Giovanni.

The director was wise to employ Lamberto Caimi to photograph this film. The music score of Gianni Ferrio plays well with the action on the screen. Mr. Olmi guided his unknown cast to give excellent performances. Carlo Cabrini and Anna Canzi seem to have been naturals for the screen, yet, neither actor went to have a career in the Italian cinema. Mr. Cabrini, whose presence is deeply felt in the film does an amazing job in his portrayal of Giovanni.

Ermanno Olmi, a director's director, showed that his early promise with "Il Posto" was not a fluke, as he continued to create human comedies about the way he saw his country at this time of his career.

Reviewed by avik-basu1889 9 / 10

The mysteries of Love !!!

My first exposure to an Ermanno Olmi film was through 'Il Posto' and I thought that film was a small masterpiece. So clearly I was going to explore more of his films. Being the second Olmi film that I have ever watched, all 'I Fidanzati' did was to give me further evidence of Olmi's prowess in screen writing and directing.

To be honest, in a political sense, both 'Il Posto' and 'I Fidanzati' are in the same ball park. Both films explore the corporate scene of Post WW2 Italy and the varied effects of the economic boom on the lives of the working class people. 'Il Posto' dealt with the need to grow up prematurely and pledge allegiance to the corporate system as early as possible for survival in a cutthroat society. 'I Fidanzati' deals with a man who is older than the protagonist in 'Il Posto', but who is also dealing with the effect that the need and the urge to get ahead in the rat race has on his life, more precisely his love life. Giovanni and his fiancé Liliana's lives get turned upside down when he decides to leave Milan and go to Sicily for a job opportunity with more pay. The first scene of the film is very provocative. We are shown this dance hall where the atmosphere is as dull as ever. People are here just as a habit and their desire to enjoy themselves have probably become a chore now. Then we meet the main couple. Both Giovanni and Liliana's faces and the way that they behave with each other tells us clearly that all is not well between them. Then Olmi gives us some flashbacks to inform us about the reasons behind this tension between the two. We then see Giovanni leave for Sicily and what awaits him there is not something that enthralls him. His life becomes synonymous with his work with absolutely nothing to do during his free time. He just wanders around the streets observing people when he isn't in the factory toiling away. There is a scene in Sicily where we see a big carnival-like celebration which Giovanni visits. This scene beautifully complements the opening scene of the movie in the dance hall. This is because the atmosphere here is very energetic and frantic unlike the atmosphere in that scene. However, Giovanni still leaves this celebration feeling lonely due to the absence of Liliana. Ironically this separation actually helps both of them to understand each other a little better in hindsight. What I really love about 'I Fidanzati' is that although Olmi is clearly making a statement on the dehumanising nature of the rampant industrialisation, but just like Antonioni he does it through subtle storytelling and never allows his political statements to obscure what is the heartbeat of the film which is the romance between Giovanni and Liliana and the realisations that they make about their relationship over the course of the film.

In both 'Il Posto' and 'I Fidanzati', I have noticed the fact that Olmi's style of storytelling has an inherent innocence about it. His camera is non-judgmental. He understands his characters and observes them without forcing the viewer to draw rapid and concrete conclusions about them akin to the humanist filmmakers of the 50s and 60s. Just like 'Il Posto', he revels in just observing his characters observing things without doing much. His style of realism gives you hints of his documentary filmmaking past. There is also some French New Wave- esque use of jump cuts in certain scenes that I wasn't really expecting. He doesn't feel the need to cram a lot of stuff and incidents in his screenplays. However, for a film with very little plot development, he does manage to infuse some ambiguity. The scenes where his screenplay delves into non-linearity can be interpreted in more than one ways as per the desire of the viewer. The ending itself is ambiguous. For me, the film ends on a bittersweet note. However, I have read reviews where the ending has been interpreted in a far more pessimistic sense.

The acting in 'I Fidanzati' is tough to judge. One might say that the actors specially Carlo Cabrini doesn't do much except observe things. But I think Cabrini does bring an understated humanism to the role. You can clearly see the loneliness in his eyes when he is looking at himself in the mirror after coming back to his hotel from the celebrations or the subtle joy in his eyes when he sees the dog causing chaos in the church. Anna Canzi who plays Liliana has a very expressive face and very expressive eyes. She doesn't appear in too many scenes, but whenever she does, she makes you know what she is feeling and thinking just through her eyes. Considering that both of them were amateurs, one has to praise Olmi a lot for having the ability to get these subtle performances out of non- professionals.

'I Fidanzati' has cemented Ermanno Olmi's status as an auteur in my eyes whose work I should keep exploring. Although I love 'Il Posto' slightly more than this film, never the less the skill, artistry and humanism present in 'I Fidanzati' make it a great film.

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