Synopsis: Malèna is about the peril of a beauty through the eyes of a 12 year old kid named Renato. He experiences three things on the same day, beginning of war, getting a bike and sees the arrival of Malèna in town. Through his eyes, we see the curse of beauty and loneliness of Malena, whose husband is presumed to be dead, and through his soul we see his love for her.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Giuseppe Tornatore
Production: Miramax
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 17 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min


This afternoon at 5:00.

Il Duce will speak to the nation!

You are ordered

to turn your radios on!

All of you who have radio sets

and radio gramophones...

are ordered to turn them on.

Mussolini will speak to

all Italians!

You are authorized by order

of the Fascist government...

to interrupt your work.

This afternoon at 5:00...

Il Duce will speak to the nation.

I was twelve and a half

when I saw her for the first time.

And my mind plays tricks on me,

I remember it well.

That day, Mussolini declared war

on France and Great Britain...

and I got my first bicycle.

The frame is British, the gears are German,

the pedals are French,

and the brakes are from...

I forget.

But the chain is Sicilian...

always keep it greasy.

Are you sure it's safe?

I have new bikes too.

Mimi, we're at war.

Who can afford a new bicycle?

Fighting men,

on land, on sea and in the air,

Black shirts of the revolution,

men and women of Italy...

and the Kingdom of Albania, hearth is...

The hour...

of decisions from which

there is no return.

Pino, think this ant knows he's dead meat?

Who knows?

If he's like you, he doesn't know shit.

The declaration of war...

has already been delivered to the ambassadors.

I'm free from misery.

Mary's son is my Lord.

I'm free from misery.

Mary's son is my Lord.

Hey, guys!

Lucky bastard.

- He got a new bicycle!

- Man, she's beautiful!

Custom-made, just like the racers.

- Now you're a man, like us.

- So I can join the gang?

- "Don Agostino"?

- Okay by me.

- "Don Nicola"?

- I'd let him in.

- "Don Tonino"?

- Sure.

- And you, "Don Sasa"?

- I don't want some kid poking into our business.

- Why? What are you doing?

- Can you keep your mouth shut?

She's coming!

What's going on?

If you wanna be one of us,

just shut up and watch.

- Who is she?

- The deaf guy's daughter, our new Latin teacher.

- What's her name?

- What a wonderful ass!

What I wouldn't give for an hour with her!

- Too bad she's married.

- If she weren't...

What's her name?

Malena, the most beautiful ass

in Castelcuto.

The sun is bigger than the moon.

Or Sol maior est quam lunam.

Can I screw your daughter,

you deaf old fart?

Yes, but hurry.

I love honesty more than wealth.

- Seven thumbs long!

- Seven and a half thumbs!

- Mine's a bazooka!

- I got eight!

Eight is nothing!

That's just tickling a woman.

One, two... three and two is five,

two is seven and two is nine.


My submarine will rip Malena in half!

Once I skipped school

and went by Malena's house.

She was at the window,

and she called out to me.

I thought she wanted me

to get her some cigarettes.

I went up for the money,

and her robe fell open.

And there she was...

naked as the day she was born.

Holy shit! She did it

on purpose to excite me.

I was an idiot.

I should have jumped at the chance.

If it happens again,

I'll bang her brains out.

She'd quit smoking first.

She knows you've got no balls.

You little runt, you've been

here for two hours...

and you still haven't measured yourself.

Measure it!

One, two,

three, four, five...

Only six!

You know what they say

about a kid in short pants?

Short pants:
Short dick!

F*ck off. My thumbs are

twice as big as yours!


- Who's got the biggest dick now, runt?

- You do!

No, I am II Duce!

Nobody's bigger than me!

- Ooh. Renato's skipping school.

- Shh!

You, come here!

I need some cigarettes.

What cigarettes do you want?

Macedonia Extra.

I remember this suit very well.

It's your father's.

I sewed it 20 years ago,

and it still looks brand-new.

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Giuseppe Tornatore

Giuseppe Tornatore (born 27 May 1956) is an Italian film director and screenwriter. He is considered as one of the directors who brought critical acclaim back to Italian cinema. In a career spanning over 30 years he is best known for directing and writing drama films such as The Legend of 1900, Malèna, Baarìa and The Best Offer. Probably his most noted film is Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, for which Tornatore won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He directed also several advertising campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana. more…

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