After Midnight | Chicago Reader

After Midnight

A sexy car thief, his gamine lover, and the shy film buff who rescues her form a romantic triangle in Davide Ferrario's beguiling valentine to the movies. The Mole Antonelliana, a Turin landmark, houses the national Museum of Cinema, where lonely custodian Martino (Giorgio Pasotti) whiles away his night watch unspooling archival treasures; he has screened Buster Keaton so often he's internalized the silent star's body language. Enter Amanda (the luminous Francesca Inaudi), a damsel in distress whose boyfriend Angelo (Fabio Troiano) regularly cheats on her. The movie self-consciously compares itself to Jules and Jim, but this is much breezier fare than the Truffaut classic. Gorgeous high-definition digital photography adds to the rapture; the museum resembles a cavernous magic lantern with its seductive play of light and shadow. In Italian with subtitles. R, 89 min.

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