L’Altro Figlio

Some may be familiar with L’Altro Figlio (The Other Son) from the Taviani brothers’ rendition of this Pirandello play in their beautiful film Kaos. If the play were a short story, it would be one of the best short stories ever written. This is a short clip. I wish the rest of this version could be found. For those who don’t know ‘the other son’ (SPOILER) this woman is illiterate and has just learned that the reason her son in America never returns her letters is that the young woman scribing her letters is also illiterate and was just scribbling. The young woman says she is mad because her son lives in the village but she acts as if he doesn’t exist even though he’s kind and leaves her gifts of food from afar. Here the old woman explains why she can’t bring herself to acknowledge this other son. He looks just like his father, a criminal released by the revolutionary Garibaldi when he liberated both good and bad from prisons, and who raped her and murdered her husband.

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