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The Sound of Trumpets(1963)

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    • kevin sellers
    • 6/3/18

    Most of this film has a light, whimsical feel about it that contrasts nicely with its heavy subject, the monotony and boredom of mid level corporate life. Kind of an Italian "Bartleby". And the two principals, Sandro Panseri and Loredana Detto, give appealing, affecting performances. Where the film stumbles a bit, in my opinion, is where most light films that deal with serious subjects fail, namely in taking itself too seriously. You can feel the tonal shift as soon as director Ermanno Olmi, for reasons that only he knows, decides to leave the two young office worker lovers and suddenly focus on a lonely older bureaucrat and secret novelist, about whom we know nothing and care even less. And then, as if Olmi realizes he's made an error in judgment, he abandons this guy and goes back to Panseri and Detto. It's clumsy, to say the least. However, it's the only serious directorial screw up in an otherwise good movie. Give it a B plus.

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