For over half a century, the brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani have been making some of the most beautiful and timeless films in all Italian cinema, and this collection showcases some of their greatest achievements.
Padre Padrone catapulted them to international fame when it won both the Palme d Or and the International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Set in rural Sardinia, it tells the true story of Gavino Ledda, who rose from shepherd boy to distinguished academic against all possible odds, especially those posed by his terrifyingly traditionalist father. With The Night of the Shooting Stars, the Tavianis dramatised the events of summer 1944 (when Germans and Americans used their native Tuscany as a battleground) through the eyes of an imaginative and mischievous six-year-old girl. And in Kaos, they adapted several Pirandello short stories into a magnificent three-hour panorama of nineteenth-century Sicilian life in all its comedy, tragedy, horror and unforgettable visual splendour.
Arrow Academy is proud to present these three masterpieces in brand new director-approved 2K restorations.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
Limited Edition Collection [3,000 Copies High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of all films from brand new director-approved 2K restorations, with Kaos also approved by its original cinematographer Giuseppe Lanci Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays) Optional newly-translated English subtitles for all films Brand new two-hour interview with Paolo & Vittorio Taviani Video essays on individual films by leading Italian film scholar Millicent Marcus Commentary on The Night of the Shooting Stars by critic Michael Brooke The Sublime Brothers: Michael Brooke looks at the Tavianis illustrious career, now into its seventh decade High Definition stills galleries for all three films Trailers for the new restorations Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin Exclusive 100-page book featuring Pauline Kael s reviews of all three films and brand new (in some cases world premiere) translations of the Pirandello short stories that were adapted for Kaos.