The film doesn’t want to be just about Sicily, Sicily, Sicily. The idea was to tell the life of a chorus of characters inside a microcosm, which is a village, where you hear continually the echo of everything is happening around you, the echo of everything that is happening far away. (It’s) about a place that ends up being a bit of an allegory of all the places where we were born.
I grew up in a family that didn’t just teach us how to dress for school, or how to hold a fork. One of the first things you needed to learn was how to behave in the world, how to respect others and above all, to dream. We learned how important civil responsibility is. This is one of the things, one of the many things, lost in our country.”The film was shot mostly in Tunisia, where the set designers erected a likeness of Bagheria, the Italian name of the town known as “Baaria” in the Sicilian dialect. Over the course of the movie, the set of “Baaria” expanded from a village surrounded by arid hills to a town of low-rise buildings teeming with traffic. Baaria Poster Ennio Morricone, who rose to fame for his music for Sergio Leone‘s 1960s westerns, composed the score, his eighth for a Tornatore film. He said it was important for a composer not to overdo a film musically.
“Despite loving the film very much, I believe I didn’t go overboard this time. I didn’t shoot all the artillery toward the sky I believe, except in some moments,” Morricone said.With a price tag of $35.5 million, produced by Medusa, it is among the most expensive Italian films ever. “Baaria” photos:
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