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The biopic is one of feature film's favored forms.'Il giovane favoloso, Leopardi' stars Elio Germano as the tortured poet Leopardi.Without introduction, and translation, figures with a more obscure pop culture profile are more likely to be ignored by a mass audience, made spiteful of history by decades of bad teachers."Leopardi" premiered last year in the main competition of the Venice Film Festival, where it took best actor and best soundtrack prizes.Now in its second season, Venezia Cinema is preoccupied with Italian films selected by the Venice Film Festival. Aside from "Leopardi" the cycle includes three films that screened in Venice's 2014 competition – Saverio Costanzo's "Hungry Hearts" and Francesco Munzi's "Black Souls". Leopardi's verse introduces him to Italy's intellectual community.Though there is quite a bit of historical and cinematic veracity in "Leopardi," Martone's film is neither great history nor great cinema.At one point in the film, after some years of singing the praises of Leopardi's verse, the poet's contemporaries rebuke his melancholy, saying that the spirit of the age is unabashedly optimistic.
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