Italian Film Festival laughs it up at St. Anthony Main

Feb 22, 2016 983

by Colin Covert

The annual Italian Film Festival returns for its eighth year this weekend, this time offering a largely comedic series that IFF executive director Peter Schilling promises "to help remedy the miserable winter ... they're all a lot of fun." That certainly describes "The Referee" (⋆⋆⋆, unrated, in subtitled Italian, French and English).

It's a spoofy dance-music-and-laughs romp about a rock bottom Sardinian league team's encounter with a top-level international umpire. Lusciously filmed in black and white, its countless visual gags from slapstick tumbles to a mockery of the Last Supper are twice as funny without color. 

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