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Rated NR · 85 minutes · 1976

Animation, Comedy, Drama

Something of a Fantasia for adults, Allegro Non Troppo intercuts slapstick live-action sequences -- which relay the story of a beleaguered animator's (Maurizio Nichetti) ongoing battle with an Oliver Hardy-like orchestra conductor -- and animated sequences, set to classical music, which visually interpret selected works of Debussy, Dvorak, Ravel, Sibelius, Vivaldi, and Stravinsky. The liveliest piece, set to Ravel's Bolero, delineates a series of spontaneous generations from an abandoned Coke bottle. The most haunting piece, set to Sibelius' Valse Triste, depicts a forlorn cat wandering the ruins of a condemned building and constantly hallucinating that he is back in the lap of luxury. Allegro Non Troppo is the brainchild of gifted Italian animator Bruno Bozzetto.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Director: Bruno Bozzetto
Writer: Bruno Bozzetto, Maurizio Nichetti and and Guido Manuli
Cast: Marialuisa Giovannini, Néstor Garay, Maurizio Micheli, Maurizio Nichetti, Mirella Falco, Osvaldo Salvi, Jolanda Cappi and Franca Mantelli

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