via margotta film review

Via Margutta (1960)

via margotta film review

Via Margutta is a narrow cobbled street in the middle of Rome which became an exclusive neighborhood after it was featured in Roman Holiday (1953). In this film it is where of a group of struggling painters, a free-spirited singer with a penchant for tall foreigners, and an American choreographer turned sculptor have made their home. Each of the artists is involved with a beautiful woman and their relationships are explored in episodic fashion. It’s a film about the disenchantment experienced by those who’ve left their small towns to find success in the big city, the struggle to remain true to one’s art and yet survive, and the fleeting nature of success in the art world and the fact that sometimes it has nothing to do with talent. The tone is fairly lighthearted though there’s a tragic aspect as well. It’s not a masterpiece of Italian cinema but is an ably done slice of life type film with good performances and cinematography.

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)

Via Margutta at imdb.

As of November, 2015 Via Margutta is available to purchase on DVD from MovieDetective.net.

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Dan Willard

I guess my journey to film geekdom began in high school when a friend took me to Filmex (Los Angeles Film Exposition) in 1976. The following year at Filmex I saw the premiere of 'Eraserhead' and I've never been the same since. I took some film classes while I was a student at UCLA which introduced me to European Art Cinema and I learned a little about the craft of filmmaking. I make my living as a professional musician and currently live in Oak View, CA.

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