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Journal of Modern Italian Studies
RIVISTA DI STUDI ITALIANI
Anno XXIII , n° 2, Dicembre 2005 ( Cinema ) pag. 96-105

FEELINGS AND PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS: AN INTERVIEW WITH
DIRECTOR CRISTINA COMENCINI
FLAVIA LAVIOSA
Wellesley College,
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Abstract:
In this interview Cristina Comencini comments on all her films illustrating how from the tale genre of Zoo she moved on to comedy with Matrimoni and Liberate i pesci. She then focuses on Il più bel giorno della mia vita where she admirably combines the themes most dear to her, producing a choral film
par excellence, whose characters maintain their own space and identity though being tied to family relations. The interview also examines the kaleidoscopic nature of love, which is explored as a private affair within an intricate web of family relationships involving different generations. The interview, which took place in Comencini s Roman apartment in Via Savoia,
88 on Wednesday afternoon, June 11, 2003, was video recorded, then transcribed with the film director's permission.

Key-words:
Family, love, identity, genre, conflict, feminism.
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