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Ferrante Fever

Ferrante Fever is a movie starring Jonathan Franzen, Ann Goldstein, and Roberto Saviano. Hillary Clinton, Roberto Saviano, Jonathan Franzen and others weigh-in on the Elena Ferrante "craze" and what makes her work - and her...

Other Titles
Ferrante-feber, A Febre Ferrante
Running Time
1 hours 14 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Giacomo Durzi
Writer
Laura Buffoni, Giacomo Durzi
Actors
Ann Goldstein, Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth Strout, Roberto Saviano
Country
France, Italy
Year
2017
Audio Languages
Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Hillary Clinton, Roberto Saviano, Jonathan Franzen and others weigh-in on the Elena Ferrante "craze" and what makes her work - and her mysterious persona - so uniquely captivating.

Comments about documentary «Ferrante Fever» (21)

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Dylan Hicks

This is a very funny film, and extremely charming, but it's also very sad. I couldn't take this seriously, but it was one of the first films that I watched that made me feel something. I think the problem with a lot of the "high drama" films is that the director isn't very good at developing a story. There are a few of these in the genre, but I still prefer the generic "drama" films from Hollywood, because they're far more "real" than low-brow drama films. Robert Rodriguez is a great director, but he's really not very good at developing a story. I'd definitely recommend that you watch this film, because it's definitely worth it.

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Melissa Ramirez

I really enjoyed this documentary. The people interviewed seem to be extremely passionate about their work and would probably do anything for the profession they love. However, it is a little weird that this documentary wasn't covered by "Roots", so I feel like this is missing a very important element. What were the roots of African American men growing up in the south? I feel like it is important to be able to ask these questions without being afraid of being labeled racist or the like. One of the interviews were done in 1981, which was the same year the Selma march was done. It seemed like that was an important question to ask. In addition, I think that he should have interviewed Margaret Wilson, who is the president of the National Black Journalists Association. I believe that the people who did the interviews were mostly very passionate about the profession, but they didn't really know the answers to these questions. I would hope that the historian would be able to uncover these answers.

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Janice May

I caught the first part of this documentary on YouTube, but can't find it anywhere. Could someone please be kind enough to get this video for me? I'm just really grateful to have a great film on my "must see" list. A great story, with few surprises. We learn what made the woman of Gavilan think she had lost her mind and was going to be cured by a tour of Gavilan's grandmother's house. It was at this point I recognized the grandma, who I hadn't seen before. I couldn't find out who her father was or why she kept all the children captive. I guess a good documentary wouldn't waste my time here, but I'm sure it would be of some use to someone who has some understanding of the "Blackout of the Mind" phenomenon. Hopefully someday the person will release this on DVD so I can find it again and see it again.

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Paul H.

I have no idea how to say this. They use the term "discoverer" because, well, there is just something there that is really really compelling and fresh and new. It was interesting to see how someone came up with this idea, and how he (or she) decided to do this film. The film is also interesting because there are a number of situations where something happened that was completely unexpected. But, you know what? They didn't see it coming, and that is why it's so exciting. I'm not going to say too much about this movie since it would give away too much. I'll just say that it is, well, different. And, you can't watch this movie just to be entertained. There is something to be gained from watching it, and that's why I'm glad I watched it. Not for the simple pleasure of being entertained. I wanted to find out more about this film, and I did.

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Judy Dean

I took a few years to look up its relevance to me and found myself drawn back to the topic. I'm sure this has a lot to do with my age and the time I've had away from regular TV watching, but the general sentiments are the same. Is there anything that should be changing? The multiple overlapping of both of these shows, season after season. As for your "Yes or No" questions, the answer is the same. For the guy whose trying to open a restaurant. his food truck. his bizarro marketing in an effort to lure young people in, this movie helps. For the woman working at the burger joint. her customer base. her marketing effort. her positioning of the owners of the burger joint. the choice to sell the lease. all this and more helps. And there is one thing. With all these things working in the right directions, what is stopping you from one day taking the next step. Please think about it and save time and money. Thanks.

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Ruth Sullivan

As an avid (familiar) viewer of Italian movies, I have noticed that the Italian "snobbery" has created many an unintentional scandal in the United States. For one thing, Italian movies tend to be older, more historically accurate, and somewhat more complicated in terms of "history". However, as a whole, I feel they are superior to American movies in the exact same regards. In fact, with regard to this and other (similar) films, "A House on Haunted Hill" and "The Silence of the Lambs" are the two closest in quality and plausibility to the American movies (to date). Thus, if I was doing a job to prove my students that Italians are better, I would use "The Silence of the Lambs", which is so far superior in all regards, that the Italian movie would lose even more ground to the American movies. There is a saying that goes: "If someone owes you one, give him two. If someone owes you five, give him ten." It is true. A house on haunted hill is a worthy reward for a movie that surpasses every other movie made. I will never be sure of what exactly is wrong with this movie; perhaps it was a combination of several things. But if this is so, then the two most important things to consider are: 1) The picture quality was absolutely terrible. I found it difficult to focus on the movie as a whole and could not watch it the first time through. The second time through, I did not have a choice. This was definitely an investment of time and money to me, but it may well have been the most true-to-form that I have seen in my life. So, if you have seen the first few minutes and are sitting there waiting for the end, stop. Try a second time. Again, it may be the fault of the picture quality, but it's definitely not the fault of the movie.

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Richard Arnold

We live in a world of technology. Whether we use it for good or bad is up to us, and the consequences for our lives are more than enough to make us think twice about our technology usage. Carlos Hurtado and his team use images to create a film that looks at what happens when we start to use technology, and the effect it has on our lives. It's a hard subject to deal with, and yet the way the film is made is equally important, because it makes the viewer think about his/her own use of technology and how it affects us. Carlos Hurtado was given a lot of freedom by the film-makers to put his message out there. He has spent a lot of time in the last few years looking into the internet, and I'm glad that he did, because the situation is very serious, and I hope that the message gets out there. I recommend this film to everyone, because I feel that it will make us think a lot about our use of technology. The film-makers also used images to show how bad our use of technology is, and how we should change. I think that there is a lot that can be done to help the situation. I hope that Carlos Hurtado will make another film like this one. I'm looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next.

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Lawrence C.

I absolutely love how this movie was put together. It's such a different approach to documentaries. It shows the progression of the relationship of the three boys as well as the documentary filmmaker's perspective. It's not really about the boys, but rather the bond that the documentary is trying to portray. There are many great interviews with the boy and his mother, along with other people who have a great understanding of the situation. It's an amazing film that I can recommend to anyone. I was able to watch it on a Friday night and still felt a connection to the film. It's a great way to spend a few hours. If you can find it, it's definitely worth the watch.

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Debra

I felt I had to watch this film due to a recent history class project, and this film just really helped me learn about how violence affects people and what can be done to reduce the problem. The film also showed the world we are living in right now and how things really are like. I would highly recommend this film to anyone.

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Ryan Fowler

I love this documentary because it is so compelling. For the most part, it is a simple and linear narrative. It is narrated by the same person who is the narrator of the documentary: Brian Sacks, who gives a fascinating insight into the art and history of the "Fentino" and the art movement that inspired it. He tells his story in his own words, but never once does he reveal his own ideas about the art movement or its history. In fact, we don't know his own ideas because he never says that. In the documentary, Sacks discusses the difference between "delusion" and "delusion" in art. He says that art is a "form of escape," whereas the "form of escape" is the artist's belief in his/her own ideas. To those who criticize this documentary, I believe they are either too critical or they are just trying to find some reason to dislike the documentary. I feel that the critics are missing the point entirely. I can only hope that the documentary will be a new source for discussions about art. I would love to see more documentaries about art. I am not sure that we will get to the bottom of "Fentino Fever" or many other art movements, but this documentary is a must see. It is an interesting documentary that I recommend to all.

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Brian S.

Every film has it's story and if the film maker is a great story teller, the film is great. But I do not know of anyone who can be described as a great story teller. It's a shame that so many filmmakers of today are not doing their part. The great ones, such as Pedro Almodovar, are not doing much. All of the documentaries are interesting in their own way. I would highly recommend this documentary to anyone. It was amazing and I did not know that I had seen this. I'm glad that I watched it.

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Cynthia

Forget all the bad reviews. I must say I was very surprised at how "shocking" it was. I don't know what else to say other than I was shocked by how this documentary was made. It was made for anyone who likes to watch documentaries with a meaning and purpose. Not for the "cool" type of person who can laugh at anything, but for those people who appreciate a thought provoking documentary. This is such a great film! I have also met a couple of my friends who also liked it. A "10" is obviously being a little harsh. That's just my opinion, but I'm a little hard on documentaries because it always seems they try to be so "cool" and "hip" for the sake of being "hip." I thought this was a great film. I loved the storyline, the fact that it was centered around butch lesbians, and that it was short and to the point. I thought the actors did a wonderful job and it was very original. The story about how the film started and where the money was raised was very touching. The directors used actual footage from the documentary to create a unique style for the movie. I highly recommend this movie!

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Nathan

It's my favorite documentary, especially for all the heart-wrenching scenes. It's about a mother, Sarah, whose son is killed in an accident. Sarah becomes involved with the death investigation and makes a powerful documentary, she is a victim herself and she has a child she doesn't want to have. When I saw this, I was in shock because I didn't expect that. This is the kind of documentary that reminds me a lot of the look of documentaries that you might have seen before, when they show the story of some person's life. The thing I really like is the idea of making it a documentary, and the idea of having her and her daughter interview some people who are actually victims, and then make it into a film, and I also like the music, because it's very important. I like the fact that the documentary is from the point of view of the mother, and the voice-over. I like the way the film shows the evidence, and the fact that they show how the investigation was. I also like the way the film showed the woman who is talking to Sarah and the daughter. I liked the fact that there are some very good actors in the film, like P.T. Anderson, Stephen Chbosky, Bill Nighy, etc. It's a very powerful film that I recommend to people. I have to tell you, I've never seen a documentary before that I was so deeply moved by. I have to say that the things that Sarah did are very good, and I believe that Sarah is a great person, and she really wants to make a difference. This documentary is a must see.

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Zachary E.

This documentary is fascinating and informative. The reporting and interviews are often riveting, and the information is great. I agree with many of the viewpoints expressed, and think that the style and language of the movie is very informative. I think the most important message is the message of tolerance and understanding. I've always believed that tolerance and understanding are the basis for a good and peaceful world. This documentary makes me more aware of my own cultural background, and I'm more aware of the attitudes and beliefs of other cultures. I especially appreciate the diversity and beauty of different cultures, and the importance of tolerance and understanding.

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Crystal Guzman

From the perspective of a young girl, it's a good documentary. The images are beautiful and informative. The documentary is a bit too "short" for a documentary about the 21st century, but it's not that bad.

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Joan

This is one of those documentaries that will stay with you for a long time. The film looks at how and why some people make the decisions they do in life, and why they make the decisions they do. For me, the most interesting part of the film was the conversation between two people about their religious beliefs. It was very interesting, and also really helped me think about what I believe and how I think about it. I think that this movie could be put in any religion, but it will always stand out to me as one of the most interesting documentaries I've seen in a long time. I give it a 10/10.

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Willie

I saw this at a screening in Toronto, where it won the best documentary award. A couple of the stories are told in flashback form, and they are as gripping as they are moving. It is great to see the reality of the situation in Haiti so recently. The story of Haitians and the US-sponsored military coup against the democratically elected president is fascinating. It is a powerful film, and very moving. I also have read the book, and it is a must-see. It is filled with both fact and fiction, but the factual content is based on what is known, and what is known is based on what the US government says is true. This is a documentary about the aftermath of the coup and what the US government has done since.

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Raymond Robinson

Fashion photographer Pauline Levine made a remarkable documentary about the life of fashion photographer, photographer, and fashion designer Pauline Levine. She captured his style, mannerisms, and idiosyncrasies as she lived it in his luxurious mansion and apartment in New York. She shot numerous of his photos from his childhood and his senior years of work in Paris and New York, and took hundreds of still photos for this movie. Pauline is a remarkably candid and candid portrait of an eccentric and remarkable individual. Her work is truly incredible, and very informative. Pauline makes this movie her life's work, and I recommend it highly to anyone interested in fashion, photography, or women in general.

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Andrew W.

I was expecting this to be quite a long documentary. What I was not expecting was the length. I'll give the filmmakers credit for the documentary itself, because it's beautifully shot and even covers the time period the Japanese occupation took place in. However, the length of the documentary, with certain segments even lasting over an hour (which felt like a few minutes). It was distracting and seemed as if they were trying to cram more footage into it, not really giving much away about it's subject matter. But, all in all, the documentary is a very interesting insight into the subject matter. It tells the story of how the Japanese came into the country, the reasons why they came in and what that was all about. It does go into detail about Japan's constitution, which was amended and became more rigid with the rise of the colonial rule in the 20th century. But, the documentary does a good job of covering some other aspects of the subject matter as well, such as the displacement and forced labor in the name of the emperor. The government of Japan, one of the strongest leaders in world history. Another aspect of the documentary that the viewer gets a good insight into is the Japanese culture itself, particularly the samurai who were the fighting men in the Japanese army during the war. The man who played the role of a samurai during this time was a young man named Katsumoto Shigenori, who had been trained in martial arts and was expected to be a future Shogun. The documentary ends on a note of hope, so if you're interested in the subject matter, you'll want to watch the documentary for that. I was really impressed by this documentary, as I had never heard of the subject and the reasons behind the Japanese occupation of Cambodia. I definitely think that this documentary is worth your time and attention, especially if you're interested in the history of Asian history or the Chinese history.

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Jeremy

Not bad, it seems. Like the Guardian's "Death takes its toll", Lotta Breu is the front page story on the front page of the New York Times. It's getting nasty. Here in Chile, it's Lotta Breu, she was one of my favorite characters on the show The Office, I watch it everyday, and she is hilarious. So, here I am, I must have seen her screen appearance on 60 Minutes, the phone call, which in retrospect was the highlight of the documentary, and it's not a documentary. It's a freak show. So, what happened? I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina on a day that was special, and we watched the documentary. The show took a big hit when the producers came to the radio station to meet the local people to create the documentary. It was well-meaning, I had no idea what was going to happen, and by the end, I just had a huge negative view of the show, which was a big mistake, I couldn't believe how they dared to make a documentary about that thing. The producers must have read the story on the front page of the New York Times, maybe it must have been a big hit in Argentina, but it definitely wasn't a hit there. The show made money, which is bad, for the episode "Death takes its toll", it's only the first episode, the show still made a lot, but it was worth nothing, even though there were no real problems about the quality of the show. In the beginning, the producers are explaining that they're going to do a piece about the leader of the protests, Lotta Breu, and she must have had something to do with the uprising, so they should have paid her, because she must have a great job, so they had to have a great story about the protests. The show is really boring, like everything that's happening, Lotta Breu and a bunch of protesters were on the screen, trying to convince, but it's more or less a tell-it-like-it-is situation. What could have been a good show was made very boring, the whole thing is like a game show. And I have to say, that if you don't think like that, there are a few positives, the story of Lotta Breu is a big positive, but then, with a lot of negative elements, the show was a bad show. Now, what I would like to see, is a documentary about how the main actors of the show turned into these news stars, who were never in a movie, or even on a TV show, they were always on the show, and they're really a big part of the show, so I would like to see them, and how they have grown from that. The show is not a must see, it's not a movie, but I would recommend watching it, but not to be overrated.

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Albert M.

I've never been to a festival, and I haven't been to any really great ones. This film was amazing. I will not have to get up and walk to the bus stop at least once in the next few weeks. The festival is like a second home to me. I'm a film student, but this film is just as important to me. This is why I will be attending this festival again next year. I didn't understand why I couldn't enjoy the film more. I was drawn to this film for a lot of reasons. The story was great, but the editing was slow. I felt like I was watching a documentary. I've never really understood why directors use slow motion. The acting was good, but I wasn't totally absorbed in the story. This film was great, but I could have watched it a lot longer. It kept me interested, but I couldn't really connect with it. It was hard for me to even watch it all the way through. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who wants to watch something about life and film. I think this is a great film. It's so good and beautiful, but I just couldn't watch it all the way through. I will definitely be going to the next festival, and I'm going to give this film a 10 out of 10. I recommend it.