Cinepanettone (noun) Cine + Panettone, A light-hearted Italian comedy film released at Christmas time.
In the USA we do blockbusters at Christmas, and Italy, they do bumbling sex farces. This may be changing, but to date, Cinepanettone is alive and kicking.
This year, Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo dress like old men in a nursing home for a comedy about Christmas in an amusement park.
Is director Paolo Genovese the Cinepanettone King? Not exactly, but he does have two of my favorite Christmas movies.
One is a veritable Christmas classic, the one I watch while I am wrapping Christmas presents every year, Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo get mistaken for a band of robbers who dress up like Santa Claus in La Banda Dei Babbi Natale (The Santa Claus Gang).
Genovese’s other Christmas flick is deliciously dark comedy, Una Famiglia Perfetta (A Perfect Family). In it, Sergio Castellito plays a rich guy who hires actors to play his perfect family for a perfect Christmas.
Also stars Marco Giallini and Claudia Gerini.
TRUE Cinepanettone, comes form Massimo Boldi and Christian De Sica (that’s right, Vittorio’s son). Beautiful, scantily clad women; now THAT’S Cinepanettone!
This one has Boldi, De Sica, AND Danny De Vito, oddly enough!