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The Tiger and the Snow

October 3rd, 2008 by Fr. Vasile

I found this interesting article although quite difficult to read in its entirety about Roberto Benignis movie we watched last week.  See bellow some excerpts. Full article here (not free however…)

Robert Benigni’s most recent movie ‘La tigre e la neve’ (The tiger and the snow 2005 Italy available both in English and Italian) deserves the attention of the futurists not for its being able to indicate premises about the life modes of the next generations but rather because of his intrinsic endeavor to emphasize that certain values prevail (or shall prevail) through out time and space. This two dimensional facet of interaction is present in ‘La tigre e la neve’. On the one hand a territorial war in its classical sense is going on in Iraq. On the other hand a phenomenal war depicting the resistance of love to prevail both in Rome representing the peace in West and in Baghdad representing the fire in East is continuing. The emphasis on love in peace and in war is not only an exposition of East–West dichotomy but also a critique against modernity.

The narratives of the movie are quite satisfactory and contributive. In fact behind its nonideological stance the movie offers subtle critiques of war modernity post-modernity orientalism and so on.

Benigni again privileges love and hope almost as contingent miracles and he shows that it May even snow on a tiger in Rome. He also ornaments this miracle by a facet of discursive subtexts and narratives all criticizing the mainstream discourse which together make this movie worthy of being watched.

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