Review: ‘Il Cielo in Una Stanza’

(International sales: Filmauro, Rome.) Executive producer, Maurizio Amati.

(International sales: Filmauro, Rome.) Executive producer, Maurizio Amati.

Directed by Carlo Vanzina. Screenplay, Enrico and Carlo Vanzina. Camera (Cinecitta color), Carlo Tafani; editor, Sergio Montanari; music, Nicolosi; art director, Tonino Zera; costume designer, Luciana Morosetti. Reviewed at Anica screening room, Rome, March 26, 1999. Running time: 103 MIN.

With: Elio Germano, Gabriele Mainetti, Francesco Venditti, Alessandro Cianflone, Ricky Tognazzi, Maurizio Mattioli, Cinzia Mascoli.

Prolific duo Carlo and Enrico Vanzina have three specialties: vulgar comedies , sexy thrillers and nostalgic teen pics that recall a more innocent era. “Il cielo in una stanza” is the last, with a ’60s setting enhancing its throwback feel. Following a contempo youth who steps back in time to observe his father at that age and in the process learns to love and respect him, this frothy romp has its amusing moments but is too flatly directed and uncharismatically played to travel far.

Accused of being over the hill, exasperated father Paolo (Ricky Tognazzi) whisks his quarrelsome son, Marco (Gabriele Mainetti), back 30 years to prove he was young once too. Unlike such decade-swapping pics as “Peggy Sue Got Married,” the time switch here is unimaginatively conceived and its cross-generational humor blandly obvious. Marco remains more a sideliner than an active participant in the dealings of young Paolo (Elio Germano) with family, school and romance. Despite its lively soundtrack of ’60s Italopop — including a version of the title song, a well-known number by ’60s mega-idol Mina — the colorful but unattractively shot comedy lacks rhythm.

Il Cielo in Una Stanza



A Filmauro Distribuzione release (in Italy) of a Luigi and Aurelio De Laurentiis presentation of a Filmauro production. Produced by Aurelio De Laurentiis.
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