La meglio gioventù The best of youth

Meglio gioventù (Motion picture)

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  • This film is about the members of an ordinary, modern Italian family, in love, at work, at one another's sides and on one another's nerves. The lives of the two brothers at the center of the story, Matteo and Nicola, tell a tale of youthful baby-boomer idealism, rebelliousness, and disillusionment, followed by the mellowing of middle age. Qualified as a doctor, Nicola embodies '60s restlessness, as he becomes a woodworker. Diffident literature student Matteo becomes a soldier, then a policeman and detective. Their lives unfold as threads in the larger historical tapestry, wherein events such as the Florence floods of 1966, workers' uprisings in Turin a few years later, the Red Brigades terrorism of the 1970s, and the Mafia trials of the 1990s occur and affect them. Though their lives follow wildly divergent paths the brothers remain close, and their decisions figure strongly in determining each other's futures. The film presents a fascinating study of the ways in which people continue to grow after they have become adults.


  • DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital surround sound; widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 1.85:1, enhanced for 16:9 televisions.
  • In Italian or dubbed French, with optional subtitles in English or Spanish; closed-captioned in English.


  • Disc 1. The best of youth, act one: Rome, summer 1966 -- Giorgia -- Not like Matteo -- Delicate situation -- Can't go home -- Parting ways -- Different paths -- Reunited -- Giulia -- Turin 1968 to 1974 -- Sara -- I swear -- For me -- Look inside -- Inspection -- Matteo's visit -- Your father -- Losing Giulia -- Spring 1980; (183 min.)
  • Disc 2. The best of youth, act two: Summer 1982 -- Fall 1983 -- Mark -- Come with me -- I'm a target -- December 31, 1983 -- Happy new year -- That same door -- Dangerous meeting -- Be strong -- Spring 1992 -- Now there's justice -- Picture #7 -- Finding Mirella -- Lovely day -- Andrea -- Less talk, more work -- Tuscany, spring 1995 -- Dear Nicola -- Spring 2000 -- Rekindled -- Nicola & Mirella -- Everything is beautiful -- End credits; (184 min.)
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