Red Wood Pigeon

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Red Wood Pigeon
Palombella rossa.jpg
Directed byNanni Moretti
Produced byNanni Moretti
Angelo Barbagallo
Written byNanni Moretti
StarringNanni Moretti
Asia Argento
Silvio Orlando
Music byNicola Piovani
CinematographyGiuseppe Lanci
Edited byMirco Garrone
Release date
  • 1989 (1989)
Running time
89 minutes

Red Wood Pigeon (Italian: Palombella rossa) is a 1989 Italian comedy drama film written and directed by Nanni Moretti.[1]

The film won the Nastro d'Argento for best original story.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

Michele Apicella, an MP for the Italian Communist Party, is involved in a car accident and consequently loses his memory. Michele is also a player for the Monteverde water polo team; he joins the team on a trip to play an important match in Sicily which will decide who wins the league, despite being uncertain of his own identity. The match lasts all day and well into the night, and throughout, Michele engages in conversations with other players, a trade unionist, the referee, a Catholic, a journalist and his daughter, in an attempt to reconstruct his sense of self. It becomes apparent that earlier in the week, he had given a momentous speech, the content of which he cannot remember. As the match drags on, the spectators and players become increasingly engrossed by the film Doctor Zhivago, which is playing on a TV screen in the bar. Michele misses a penalty and the match ends; he is left feeling disappointed not just with the match, but with life. Driving back to Rome with his daughter, he loses control of his car and the film ends with a dream-like sequence as a crowd gathers on a hill, looking up to the sun.



  1. ^ Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 2000. ISBN 887742429X.
  2. ^ Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877422211.

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