A Long Long Long Night of Love

Italian veteran Luciano Emmer resurfaces after an extended absence with "A Long Long Long Night of Love." A passionless valentine intercutting parallel romantic encounters and conflicts that unfold from dusk to dawn, this elegant throwback is notable only for its classy (but uneven) cast and is unlikely to set contemporary auds' hearts racing.

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With: Giancarlo Giannini, Marie Trintignant, Isabelle Pasco, Eljana Popova, Marina Confalone, Gloria Sirabella, Ornella Muti, James Thierree, Silvia De Santis, Yari Gugliucci.

Rehashing a popular ’50s and ’60s model that now seems thoroughly dated, Italian veteran Luciano Emmer, 83, resurfaces after an extended absence with “A Long Long Long Night of Love.” A passionless valentine intercutting parallel romantic encounters and conflicts that unfold from dusk to dawn during the winter solstice, this elegant throwback is notable only for its classy (but uneven) cast and is unlikely to set contemporary auds’ hearts racing.

Even in his heyday, Emmer’s work had limited impact outside Italy, making this latest effort by the writer-director a curious choice for a special screening at the Berlin fest. Drama covers a train station tryst between a burnt-out journalist (Giancarlo Giannini) and a lonely woman (Marie Trintignant); the flight of a confused young mother (Isabelle Pasco); a woman (Marina Confalone) agonizing over her opportunistic married lover; a pre-wedding dalliance between a masseuse (Ornella Muti) and her gay colleague (James Thierree); and a radio romance between a blind girl (Silvia De Santis) and a boat captain (Yari Gugliucci). Outmoded trifle is capped off by an incongruously precious strand about a mutt besotted with a pampered poodle.

A Long Long Long Night of Love

Italy

Production: A Lantia release of a Gherardo Pagliei, Elisabetta Riga presentation of a GAM Film/New Film 7 Intl. production, in association with RAI Cinema. (International sales: Buskin Film, Rome.) Produced by Gherardo Pagliei. Directed, written by Luciano Emmer.

Crew: Camera (color), Bruno Cascio; editor, Adriana Tagliavia; music, Nicola Zaccardi; art directors, Fiorella Cicolini, Elena Barattero; costume designer, Silvia Nebiolo. Reviewed at Lucky Blu Cinema, Rome, Feb. 24, 2001. (In Berlin Film Festival -- Special Screening; Cannes Film Festival -- market.) Running time: 102 MIN.

With: With: Giancarlo Giannini, Marie Trintignant, Isabelle Pasco, Eljana Popova, Marina Confalone, Gloria Sirabella, Ornella Muti, James Thierree, Silvia De Santis, Yari Gugliucci.

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