TAKE TEN | Corpo Celeste

An essential primer on Alice Rohrwacher’s Calabrian coming-of-age drama.

Name Corpo Celeste.

Birthdate/vintage 2011.

That scene Marta’s catechism class is led around the church blindfolded, for semi-obscure reasons.

Did you see? The cinematography by Varda and Wim Wenders collaborator, Hélène Louvart.

Don’t watch it with The Italian tourism board.

Listen back to “Schwanengesang Opus 3” by Franz Schubert.

Champion Director Sofia Coppola – a big fan of Alice Rohrwacher and her sister Alba, an actor.

Antagonist Rotten Tomatoes user Gianluca B: “Poised between total boredom and the scorned ethical intellectualism of a certain ‘high’ culture.”

Not to be confused with Corpse Bride (2005).

Pair with The body of Christ.


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