Cinema: Double Concerto

DEAR MAESTRO Directed and Written by Luciano Odorisio

Andrea (Adalberto Maria Merli) left home to make good and made soso; he conducts and composes for television in Milan. Francesco (Michele Placido) stayed home and did about the same—though he thinks he did worse—teaching music and conducting the choir. But at 40, the lifelong friends still have some ambition left and a last chance to exercise it.

Both are logical candidates for the post of musical director if Chieti, their birthplace in Abruzzi, revives the defunct town symphony as a tourist attraction. Francesco's desperation for the...

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