The places of the film story: Kaos
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The places of the film story: Kaos

Location inserted in the IWB register of the Sicily Region (The Places of the literary, television and filmic story) - Sector "Places of the southern identity of Sicily in the cinematographic transpositions of the literary text"

"Kaos" 1984, (from "The other son, Mal di luna, La giara, Requiem, Colloqui con in characters" by Luigi Pirandello) directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani:

  • Pumice quarry (Lipari-province of Messina);
  • Greek Theater (Syracuse);
  • Piazza Duomo (Ragusa Ibla);
  • Case Cartia (Marina di Ragusa-province Ragusa);
  • Piazza S. Antonio (Ispica-province of Ragusa);
  • Donnafugata Castle (Ragusa);
  • Genisi railway station (Ragusa);
  • Greek temple (Segesta-prov. Trapani);
  • Former farm road (Monterosso Almo-prov. Ragusa);
  • Scicli (province of Ragusa);
  • Courtyard of the Municipal Palace, Villa Rizzone (Modica-province of Ragusa);
  • Rural house (Chiaramonte Gulfi-prov. Ragusa);
    Piazzetta of Marzamemi (Pachino) (the municipality of Syracuse is erroneously indicated in the register)

Kaos is the tenth film directed by the Taviani brothers and is the last film starring Franco and Ciccio.

It is drawn from four Short stories for a year by Pirandello, to which is added a fifth story imagined by its directors, but inspired by the short stories A day (Interview with the mother), And Conversations with the characters (second part).

They begin their collaboration with the director of photography Giuseppe Lanci (together they shoot five films in a row, the last being You laugh).

It is called "Caos" a country district, overlooking the sea, where the birthplace of Luigi Pirandello stands. He writes it in a quote himself:

«I [...] am a child of Chaos; and not allegorically, but in true reality, because I was born in one of our countryside, which is located near an intricate wood called, in dialectal form, Càvusu by the inhabitants of Girgenti (Agrigento), dialectal corruption of the genuine and ancient word Greco Kaos "

The film unfolds in four episodes and an epilogue. The common thread that connects the episodes is a black crow hovering over Pirandello's Sicily with a bell hanging from its neck.

  • The other son tells of a mother's hatred of one of her children, whose troubling appearance seems to be the living reincarnation of the man who raped her.
  • Moon sickness shows the love, anguish and longing of a young bride, Sidora, in the face of her husband Bata's unknown illness. The latter, in fact, on full moon nights is seized by violent and uncontrollable raptus ...
  • The jar features a landowner who has an expensive jar repaired by an expert craftsman, but he will get stuck inside (the tale is played by Franco and Ciccio).
  • Requiem describes the struggle of the peasants against the Ragusa administrators who do not allow the patriarch to be buried on their plateaus instead of in the distant city cemetery.
  • Epilogue: interview with the mother, shot between Lipari andSalina island, shows Pirandello talking to his mother's ghost about a story he wanted, but couldn't, write because he lacked words.

Awards and awards

·         1985 - David di Donatello

o    Best Screenplay a Paolo and Vittorio Taviani e Tonino War

o    Best producer a Giuliani G. De Negri

o    Appointment Best film a Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

o    Appointment best director a Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

o    Appointment Best photography a Giuseppe Lanci

o    Appointment Best soundtrack a Nicola Piovani

o    Appointment Best scenography a Francesco Bronzi

o    Appointment Best costumes a Lina Nerli Taviani

o    Appointment Best editing a Robert Perpignani

·         1985 - Silver ribbon

o    Best Screenplay a Paolo and Vittorio Taviani e Tonino War

·         1985 - Golden globe

o    Best film a Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

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Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero

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Information contributions: Ignazio Caloggero, Region of Sicily

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