Sunday, August 31, 2008


Gianni Amelio, Italy, 1994 (9.7*)
Apparently, after communism fell in Albania, there was a mass exodus from the country. In this brilliant Italian film, Italian capitalists are going into Albania to set up a shoe factory there in order to get government grants. However, only Albanians can own companies, so they get an unknown man from prison. The situation degenerates however, and the film becomes a statement about identity, personal freedom, refugees, and hope. Its hard to describe without spoilers. In fact, the title refers to the fact that "America" represents hope to many people. This film made over 100 top ten lists the year it came out and won numerous international awards.


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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