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The Star Maker

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The Star Maker

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
113 minutes
performer:
Sergio Castellitto, Tiziana Lodato
director:
Giuseppe Tornatore
author:
Giuseppe Tornatore
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B-

In The Star Maker, Joe Morelli (Sergio Castellitto, looking something like Seinfeld’s Kramer) is a con man in postwar Sicily with an unusual scam: Claiming to be a talent scout for a big Roman movie company, he drives around the country in a rattletrap truck plastered with Hollywood posters, hawking screen tests (and dreams of fame and fortune) to anyone able to cough up the necessary ”film development” fee. Joe gets lots of takers because, as writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore (who earlier proclaimed his cinephilia in Cinema Paradiso) demonstrates in this sweet but unexceptional movie (a Foreign Language Film nominee), even the most inarticulate of simple folk reveal shining souls when embraced by the magic of the movies. The meandering plot also pulls in Beata (Tiziana Lodato), a beautiful, sad young woman who, believing in happy Hollywood endings, falls in love with Joe, with dire melodramatic consequences.