The Postman 1994
The Postman ★★★½ Il Postino 1994 (PG)
Bittersweet, charming film about Mario (Troisi), a shy villager who winds up the personal postman of poet Pablo Neruda (Noiret), who is exiled from his beloved Chile in 1952, granted asylum by the Italian government, and who finds himself living in the tiny Italian community of Isla Negra. The tonguetied Mario has fallen in love with barmaid Beatrice (Cucinotta) and asks the poet's help in wooing the darkeyed beauty, striking up an unlikely friendship with the worldly Neruda. Based on the novel “Burning Patience” by Antonio Skarmeta. Italian with subtitles. Troisi, a beloved comic actor in his native Italy, was gravely ill, needing a heart transplant, during the making of the film (alltoo apparent from his gaunt appearance) and died the day after filming was completed. 115m/C VHS, DVD . IT Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret, Ma ria Grazia Cucinotta, Linda Moretti, Renato Scarpa, Anna Buonaiuto, Mariana Rigillo; D: Michael Radford; W: Massimo Troisi, Michael Radford, Furio Scarpelli, Anna Pavignano, Giacomo Scarpelli; C: Franco Di Giacomo; M: Luis Bacalov. Oscars '95: Orig. Dramatic Score; British Acad. '95: Director (Radford), Foreign Film, Score; Broadcast Film Critics '95: Foreign Film.