Thursday, February 28, 2013

Gli ultimi (The Last, 1963)

Director: Vito Pandolfi
Label: La Cineteca del Friuli (2012)
Format: DVD / PAL / Region 0
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1 b/w
Audio: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles: English, Spanish

* Contains both the theatrical version (86 minutes) and the director's cut (92 minutes)
* 1963 interview with screenwriter Father David Maria Turoldo (18 minutes, in English)
* Screen tests (20 minutes, mostly silent footage)

Available on and

What's the film about?
Set in Northern Italy during the '30s, the film depicts the drama of emigration as seen through the eyes of a child shepherd. Shot entirely on location, with no professional actors, this is a moving piece of anthropological cinema, but its images also have a highly lyrical quality, well served by Armando Nannuzzi's cinematography.

...if you enjoyed Ermanno Olmi's The Tree of Wooden Clogs, you should have a look at this.