This month sees the release of the classic Il Postino (The Postman) from director Michael Radford in a new remastered restored edition.
Telling the fictional story of the real-life Nobel laureate poet Pablo Neruda’s exile to a tiny island off Italy where, being a high-profile figure, he receives such huge quantities of mail that the local post office must hire an extra postman: Il Postino. Though shy and poorly educated, our postman (Massimo Troisi) is so intrigued by Neruda (Philippe Noiret – of Cinema Paradiso ) that he devises ploys to engage the attention of the great poet.
The unlikely duo become friends as Neruda is charmed by the fresh simplicity of the postman whose love for poetry he then uses to woo local beauty, Beatrice (Maria Grazia Cucinotta – of Bond The World is Not Enough ).
Framed by an unforgettable Oscar-winning score by Luis Bacalov, the duo’s on-screen charm, coupled with Radford’s unobtrusive yet inspired direction, make this an undisputed masterpiece.
Extras include a candid interview with the director Michael Radford.