A crazy musical film that looks at the disappointments faced by a generation that believed in the 1968 cultural movement
An essential document to reappraise the tradition of Italian singer-songwriters, featuring some of its biggest stars
Giorni cantati is a sardonic, melancholic and bitter portrait of a crisis. More than ten years have passed since the revolutionary dreams of the 1968 cultural movement, and all that is left are perplexities, regrets and half-cocked attempts to give it new life. This state of affairs is presented, with a vision that is half way between dream and reality, by an expert witness: Paolo Pietrangeli. During the 1968 protests, he wrote some of the songs that became anthems for the movement (in particular the song Contessa). The film also features other important figures of the Italian folk scene: Francesco Guccini, Giovanna Marini and Ivan Della Mea. In a brief appearance, Roberto Benigni plays a professor frustrated by his job. The many protest songs featured in the film make it a strange mix of musical, political commentary and existential examination.
During a suicide attempt, a protest singer from the 1968 cultural movement casts his mind back over the various phases of his existential crisis. In an attempt to make sense to his confused present and find the artistic creativity he has lost, he leaves his wife and sets up home in an apartment with three young people. But he starts to realise that his time has passed.