Tuesday, October 29, 2013 | 7:00 PM
Ciccio “DOP”, the King of Mozzarella, triumphantly comes back to Caserta (near Napoli) to re-possess its historic dairy consortium. He has just served a prison sentence for killing a competitor with a buffalo sinew whip, and he is eager to return to his everyday life.
Over time, his empire faces danger because of Chinese competition that can provide a first-rate mozzarella at half the price of Ciccio’s dairy. Bankruptcy looms and exacerbates its typical illegal entrepreneurial methods. Extortion, threats, and bribery increase exponentially.
The movie explores a world full of irony, blending stories of dairies and local mafia (Camorra), with many characters, played convincingly, involved in parallel narratives. The opening, with all the energy, color and choreography of a Baz Luhrman special, dazzles while magically spinning the introductions to all the stories, characters and wild images, from a splashy pool party to French Spangles the favorite buffala to a rain of mozzarella. Here fictional Italian-American characters mix in a fantasy circus, like a kitschy and colorful Emir Kusturica movie (the famous director is also the executive producer of the film), with a hint of grotesque violence and some surreal comedy, deftly blending elements from genre crime movies and Italian comedies. The send-up is wild, the sentiment is outrageous, the movie itself a whirl of shock and laughter.
Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)
1649 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101
Parking lots are available in Balboa Park, both to the north and south of MOPA, including behind the Organ Pavilion, south of the Science Museum, and north of the Natural Sciences Museum. Another option is a lot near the Naval Medical Center just to the east of Park Blvd. and President’s Way. The Park runs a trolley from the parking lot there up to the Plaza de Panama.
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