An eight-minute 54-second master class by Ettore Scola


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Ettore Scola
  • Ettore Scola
Ettore Scola is an Italian director whose movies—or so a quick reading of reviews by the Reader's Dave Kehr, the Sun-Times's Roger Ebert, and the New York Times's Vincent Canby suggests—contain parts that are much more successful than the wholes. If Scola wrote fiction, perhaps he'd have made his name with the short story.

Scola is better known in Argentina than in the U.S., and a friend in Buenos Aires just sent me a link to '43-'97, a virtually wordless nine-minute short Scola made about 15 years ago that she calls a "little jewel." Perhaps it is. Scola finds a way to segue from the Holocaust into an homage to a half century of cinema. It's a superior example of what an artist can get away with if he keeps it brief.


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