Thursday, July 19, 2012
Random Movie Review: The Seduction of Mimi
Starring: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariagela Melato
This movie was a strange one. Even though it was released in 1972, some of the scenes run with the fast-motion comedic stylings of the Charlie Chaplin era. This is all mixed in with other elements that are suited to the time (typical colour and structure, etc.)
Mimi is a union worker who decides to vote against the mafia candidate in an election. Though the election is supposed to be secure, the mafia tells him to get out and stay out. After abandoning Sicily and his wife, he takes residence with a communist in Turin and has a child with her. The mafia takes note of his work and makes him a supervisor back in Sicily. He has to keep Fione(the communist) and the child a secret, which is done for him in exchange for losing intimacy with her. When Fione gets pregnant, he knows something is up and repays her by sleeping with the wife of the man who got her pregant(this makes for a less than comfortable scene).
As I mentioned before, the blend of filming styles was a bit random and made me unsure of whether it was an hommage or they just used earlier techniques in certain situations for effect. Also, many of the scenes were monologues, which lose some lustre in translation for sure. Imagine watching Pacino's speeches in Scent of a Woman delivered in a dub-over or through subtitles. Surely the raw emotion can't be re-created that simply translating to and from any language. Keeping that in mind, I will upscore this movie a half point for parts I can't quite fathom, but believe were done better than they came across. 6.5/10.