Reviews (click on link):

"So poignant and is so intelligently told that it feels wrong, almost insulting, to call 'Spettacolo' charming, even if the movie is often delightful." - Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"Beautiful, tragic, but not with joy, 'Spettacolo' is a great film about the search for meaning. Did I dream it? I hope not." - Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail

"Is this art or is this prophecy? Is there even a difference?" - Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

"Intensely curious and deceptively profound about the ways in which art both liberates and heals its creators, as well as traps and suffocates them" - Nick Schager, Daily Beast

"Moving, maddening, heroic, tragic, enlightening, revelatory, timely and steeped in time, sad yet bursting with mirth, 'Spettacolo' is without doubt, in many ways and on many levels, consummate spectacle." - Paul D'Agostino, Hyperallergic

"A beautiful, melancholic rumination on the struggle to preserve cultural tradition in the face of modern economic forces" - Liam Lacey, Original Cin

"The vision of a village so intimately bonded by its years of collective self-expression that it’s nearly a social ideal, a community that found the secret of togetherness." - Michael Atkinson, In These Times

"Breathtaking. A powerful testament to the ability of art to make sense of the world" - Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest

"Spectacular. The film resonates with profound themes that relate to us all - what sort of life is worth leading?" - Matt Carey,

"Lovely and elegiac" - Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

"Whimsical, eloquent, and bittersweet" - Peter Keough, Boston Globe

"Theater lovers and Italophiles alike should savor the documentary 'Spettacolo', an engaging and wistful look at a tiny Tuscan village" - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

"A cultural rumination more than a documentary... A grassroots illustration of the instinct to preserve cultural tradition." - Armond White, National Review

A+ - "Achingly beautiful" - Andrea Simakis, Cleveland Plain Dealer

4 1/2 stars - "Like the best art, it reminds us of ourselves" - Alex Dueben, Film Threat

"Truly poetic and delicately beautiful... They gave us 90 minutes of Italy's soul" - Francesca Bezzone, L'Italo-Americano

"It's hard to remember seeing a movie that made the act of creation seem like such a vital, desperate, necessary thing" - Dennis Cozzalio, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule

"A hymn to the creative process, but also a eulogy of sorts to the let’s-put-on-a-show spirit of pre-digital times" - Peter Howell, Toronto Star


Articles and interviews (click on link):

Esquire - "The Best Documentaries of 2017" by Nick Schager

Vulture - "Emily Yoshida's 10 Best Movies of 2017" by Emily Yoshida

KCRW - "My Favorite Documentaries of 2017" by Matt Holzman

National Endowment for the Arts - "Art Works Podcast" by Josephine Reed

Los Angeles Times - "Indie Focus" by Mark Olsen

New York Times - "A Tuscan Village Bares Its Soul on Stage, Again and Again" by Gaia Piangiani

Film Comment - "Making It Real: Acting Out" by Eric Hynes

Frieze Magazine - "Period Drama" by Sierra Pettengill

Esquire - "15 Movies Worth the Haul to the Multiplex in September" by Nick Schager

Moveable Fest - "Jeff Malmberg on a Place Where All the World’s is a Stage in 'Spettacolo'" by Stephen Saito

PRI's the World - "Four International Documentaries to See Before the Summer Ends" by Sarah Birnbaum

Hammer to Nail - "A Conversation with Jeff Malmberg" by Christopher Llewellyn Reed

iNews UK - "The Italian Village that Plays Itself on Stage" by Finlay Greig

Screen Anarchy - "Jeff Malmberg talks 'Spettacolo'" by Zach Gayne

Tribeca Shortlist - "The 'Spettacolo' Director on his Hyper-Real Documentaries" by Heather Buckley

No Film School - "SXSW Stranger-Than-Fiction Documentarians on Why Art Makes Life Worth Living" by Emily Buder

Filmmaker Magazine - "5 Questions" by Scott Macauley

Women & Hollywood - "Meet Chris Shellen" by Laura Berger

Creative Capital Blog - "Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen Document the Real Power of Art" by Alex Teplitzky

Orginal Cin - "Jeff Malmberg on the Convergence of Trauma, Ritual and Art" by Liam Lacey

LA Review of Books - "In Defense of Small Audiences" by Sara Finnerty