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Golden Door(Nuovomondo)

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Italy, France, Argentina · 2006
Rated PG-13 · 1h 58m
Director Emanuele Crialese
Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincenzo Amato, Aurora Quattrocchi, Francesco Casisa
Genre History, Drama, Romance

Salvatore, a poor Sicilian farmer, endeavors to emigrate with his family to the Ellis Island, to a place he believes holds promise and opportunity for them. Along the way Lucy, an Englishwoman who is also on her way to Ellis Island, joins them. Together they hope to obtain the better lives they were promised.

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The New York Times by A.O. Scott

What makes Mr. Crialese's telling unusual, apart from the gorgeousness of his wide-screen compositions, is that his emphasis is on departure and transition, rather than arrival.


Wall Street Journal by Joe Morgenstern

After countless films in which immigration plays a central role -- one of the earliest was Charlie Chaplin's 1917 silent classic "The Immigrant" while one of the best, Jan Troell's "The Emigrants," has never migrated to DVD -- you'd think the canon was essentially complete. Yet this visionary work adds to it by combining harsh realities with magic-realist fantasies.


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Sicilian-born filmmaker Emanuele Crialese takes a huge leap forward from his pretty but simplistic "Respiro" with this highly original, startlingly beautiful and emotionally resonant film.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

The acting is superb, especially the always alluring Charlotte Gainsbourg as a mysterious Englishwoman taking the ship to America. Agnes Godard's lensing is painterly, and Crialese's direction is seamless.

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