Cinema: Tales with Stings

Made in Italy is a mosaic of ironic episodes that attempts to provide a portrait of modern Italy. A good many of the scenes are merely blackout sketches, some as brief as a minute: a beautiful girl stares wistfully at a bridal gown in a shop window; the camera pulls back to show her nun's habit. A group of starving peasants gaze at a wall poster reading "Help India." An inquiring reporter asks a man without TV what he does to amuse himself.

The man gazes at his pregnant wife and their eight children and roars with laughter. An Italian and his...

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