|Loredanno Detto in Il Posto directed by Ermanno Olmi.|
Il Posto (1961)
d. Ermanno Olmi
Criterion Collection #194
Certain to be a hit with people who fetishize early 1960s Europe, Il Posto is an intimate look at a young boy from the suburbs who goes to work for a faceless corporation in post war Milan. Although the brief description might make Il Posto sound like a late 60s Godardian nightmare, the reality is that Il Posto is one of the warmer Italian films of that period, with a real sympathy and fondness for young Dominico, played by Sandro Panserio. Loredanno Detto is alluring as his love interest, Antonietta.
For me, the best scenes took place during their lunch break, as they wander the cityscape of late 50s/early 60s Milan and do memorable things like having espresso or looking in store windows. It's enough to make me wish I was there, and that I could travel back in time. There's a palpable sense of innocence and naivete that is a far cry from Antonioni's bleak-ass existentialism, and that sense does set Il Posto apart from contemporary Italian films