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Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen

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About the Movie

Once upon a time, villagers in a tiny hill town in Tuscany came up with a remarkable way to confront their issues: they turned their lives into a play. Every summer, their piazza became their stage and residents of all ages played a part – the role of themselves. Monticchiello’s annual tradition has attracted worldwide attention and kept the town together for 50 years, but with an aging population and a future generation more interested in Facebook than farming, the town’s 50th–anniversary performance just might be its last. Spettacolo tells the story of Teatro Povero di Monticchiello, interweaving episodes from its past with its modern-day process as the villagers turn a series of devastating blows into a new play about the end of their world.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 21
  • Fresh: 20
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It feels wrong, almost insulting, to call "Spettacolo" charming, even if the movie is often delightful. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Sep 5, 2017

Fresh: One would like to spread the golden sunlight that suffuses Malmberg's photography on a piece of bread, with prociutto, and have it for lunch. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Mar 15, 2017

Fresh: An engaging and wistful look at the tiny Tuscan village of Monticchielo and its longtime tradition of producing "autodramas," works crafted by, starring and thematically inspired by its residents. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Sep 28, 2017

Fresh: Lovely and elegiac. – Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter, Mar 12, 2017

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Customer Reviews


Funny and heart warming. Beatuful photography! A delightful view of people living in a differnt world and a different time than most of us. Wonderful to see how these people face their challenges.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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