The Insignificant Other (Nail Chiodo)

Released 2008


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An archaeological "trouvaille", a movie miraculously survived from the seventies that casts new, cold, revealing light upon past and contemporary mores; the ghost of Henry James rising from Highbrow Hell to harrow the dumbed-down, fatted calves of yesteryear and today. Arguably, this feature film belongs in the Guinness Book of World Records as the one that has taken the longest to finish (1978-2000) and to be publicly presented (it was first shown in 2007, at the New York Underground Film Festival) after surviving the worst possible vicissitudes: the shooting, begun in 1978, had to be interrupted for lack of funds and every attempt to resume it failed -- a whole late-20th Century novella in itself, of course; then, in what had all the makings of a tragic, fatal blow to the project, the color negative was mistakenly trashed by the lab that had it on deposit; so all that remained was a heavily manhandled, black-and-white work print which, after careful restoration, was finally completed in the summer of 2000 according to a sub-text script shot over one long week-end in color video. Even more unique than the countless obstacles that had to be surmounted before the film could be completed, however, is the original, "elevated" cultural paradigm that it represents. Here is a quintessentially cultivated movie, the kind most of the industry and all of the demagogues have always abhorred and effectively almost prevented from ever seeing the light. Here is a precious relic that survives and provides fresh evidence of the deeper meaning and implications of such terms as "independent" and "underground". Here is an example of the Seventh Art truly for a happy few. Young people today have a right to ask themselves: couldn't mommy and daddy see thirty years ago what was going to happen? Why didn't they do something about it? Well, they tried, but their communication was impaired, it seemed nobody would listen.moreless

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Comedy, Documentary, Drama


Mockumentaries, Dark Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Parody & Spoof