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The Postman Essay, Research Paper Presentation of The Postman Review and Summary: And it was at that age Poetry arrived in search of me. I don t know, I don’t know where it comes from, from winter or a river. I don t know how or when. No, they were not voices, they were not words, nor silence, but from a street I was summoned from the branches of night, abruptly from the others, among violent fines or returning alone, there I was without a face, and it touched me. The film concludes with a scrolling Neruda poem, which was given to the last Massimo Troisi who died of a heart failure after .Il postino x was finished shooting. Actually my partner and I were very reluctant in giving you this presentation on .Il postino x, because the film is just like a poem. We should feel it

by heart rather than analyze it through theories. Just like Neruda put it, .when you explain it, poetry becomes banal better than any explain is the experience of feelings that poetry can reveal to a nature open enough to understand it try and walk slowly along the seashore as far as the bay and around you. x The way Neruda interprets poery is just the way the director interprets film. Indeed, the film leaves us a feeling of walking along the seashore by inviting slight events in common life, instead of dramatic plot, profound depiction, and direct expression of passion. Though the film is meaningful, it covers love, acceptance, human value, beauty, politics and self-discovery, the director did not develop these things fully and analyze them further. He just scratched them on the

surface. It seems that the director tried to constrain the emotion, possibly because he believed that these things were so delicate that we both could not and need not understand and describe them. We could only sense it by our feeling but could not analyze it by our reason. Il Postino is a beautiful and touching story of an unlikely friendship between a simple-minded man and a profound poet. The year is 1952 and the location is a small, poor but beautiful Italian island. Exiled from his homeland, the Chilean communist poet Don Pablo Neruda finds hospitality from his travels and settle down on this small island, where he meets Mario Puppolo, the son of a fisherman who has no intention to follow his father s footstep. He takes the job as Neruda s personal mailman and from that

moment on, he begins to weave a web around the poet, a web of devotion of attention and curiosity. Neruda introduces Mario to his world of Poetry. He teaches him how to feel it and love it. And Mario, who is a brilliant student, goes even further: first he learns how to use poetry and then he attempt to write his own poems. And with Neruda s help, Mario wins the heart of a beautiful woman, who inspires his love. And also through discussion with Neruda, Mario finds the strength to take his political stand and begins to weigh his value and mission on the earth. Finally the poet goes back to his homeland and Mario goes back to the tragedies of daily living. After a long absence, Pablo returns back to the island only to find Mario was killed during a riot at a rally, where he was

invited to read his poem. He left with Neruda a tape with the most beautiful sound about the island. Thematic: The film tells about a simple story, but it tells many things, the most obvious of which is the friendship between the postman and the poet. A.Portrait of friendship: The strength and heart of .Il Postino x is its ability to bring the two seemingly opposite men together and finds the middle ground of they both inhabit. Mario may be a simple and uncultured man, but he harbors a great depth of feeling that is just waiting for a means to be let loose. Neruda is gifted and intelligent with a much higher social status, but he shows great sympathy for the working class. The love for poetry brings these two totally different men together, and they develop a profound and sincere