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TO DIE FOR TANO
(Tano da morire)
FEDIC Award, Kodak Award Luigi De Laurentiis Award Venice Film Fest
"Stylistically audacious... To Die For Tano amply delivers in terms of freshness, ideas and inventiveness" -Variety
"Manically entertaining" -Village Voice
"Bizarre... What Americans will make of this 13-year-old Italian curiosity...is anyone's guess" -New York Times
"This Sicilian musical comedy explodes the genre into full-blown burlesque... As with John Waters and Pier Paolo Pasolini, the amateur casting amounts to a communal act of self-defining empowerment" -TimeOut Chicago
Recommended! "Molto kitschy... It's a surreal provocation" -NewCity Chicago
"Weird and unsettling" -Chicago Reader
A Mafia man of honor of the Passo Rigano clan, Tano Guarrasi was famous for his violent, passionate character and for his four sisters, all doomed to spinsterhood because of his terrible jealousy. Tano was killed by a Corleonesi clan hitman during the bloody 1988 Mafia war, with his demise making brief headlines during those somber days. One of Tano's sisters, Franca Guarrasi, a buxom woman as indomitable as her brother, had always been the object of much gossip due to her carefree attitude and a marked preference for high profile companions. Well into her forties, she decided to get married and legend has it that Tano's determination to safeguard his sister's virginity continued far beyond the grave, whereupon he returned for her on her wedding day.
On such stories the legend of Tano Guarrisi has been built and this extraordinary tale is told through the people of Palermo and some of his closest relatives. Non-professional actors, people who actually knew Tano Guarrasi, relate Tano's story in music, singing, dancing and playing. To Die For Tano is a Mafia story produced and recounted by people for whom the Mafia is an everyday reality. The music and songs are by Nino D'Angelo, a hugely popular Italian composer and performer of Neapolitan songs, and the Neapolitan roots tradition for music is the real soundtrack to southern Italy's gangster environment. Tano's story unfolds to the rhythms of rock 'n' roll, rap, the waltz, samba and Neapolitan folk songs and this groundbreaking movie musical became a cultural phenomena in Italy as well as a critical and commercial success.
Directed by Roberta Torre, Italy, 1997, 35mm, 75 mins. In Italian with English subtitles.