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

"The idea that men and women can work on something together that will give them purpose and pride, no matter the cost, and put something out that - however fleeting - will transform the world around them." - 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

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

"Did I dream it? I hope not. A great film about the search for meaning" - Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail

"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, Nonfictionfilm.com

"Lovely and elegiac" - Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

"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+ - "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

 

Articles and interviews (click on link):

Esquire - "The Best Documentaries of 2017 (So Far)" by Nick Schager

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