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    A Wedding for Bella

    So, Herman went and rented me three DVDs. The Replacements, Someone Like You and A Wedding for Bella.

    I liked The Replacements even though I’m not a football fan, partly due to the performance of Gene Hackman. He basically reprised the role of the coach in the basketball film,  Hoosiers.

    Someone Like You has Ashley Judd who talks about the “new cow theory” of why men leave. She winds up with Hugh Jackman, who has all the bad characteristics of “men who leave” but somehow they make a go of it.

    My favorite of the three movies was A Wedding for Bella. The basic story line of the 2001 film originally titled “The Bread, My Sweet,” is that a business man winds up working in a bakery while his real job is firing people to make businesses more economical.

    At the bakery, he comes to love the elderly Italian-American couple who own the bakery

    According to www.rottentomatoes.com, Dom Pyzola (played by Scott Baio) is a second generation Italian-American corporate raider who has a post graduate degree, a hot car, and an inkling that he’s not a nice guy. And he’s living parallel lives! In the corporate world he is the designated jerk; in the Biscotti Company which he owns, he is like a good a piece of bread: he takes care of his older mentally handicapped brother, and keeps a day job waiting for his brother, Eddie, an actor. He is a surrogate son to Bella, an Italian immigrant who lives above the bakery and who has been saving, dollar by dollar, for her daughter’s American wedding since the day she gave birth. Set in the Italian section of Pittsburgh’s Strip District, the movie is a love story about what happens when Dominic’s worlds collide.

    When he, alone, discovers that Bella has six months to live, he quits his corporate job, finds Lucca (Bella’s daughter), and tries to convince her to marry him and to stay married only for as long as her mother lives. A Wedding for Bella is about love of family and culture — it’s about sacrifice. It’s a journey to a place where work is hard, wine is made in the basement, the future is stored dollar by dollar in coffee cans, and where people may believe that doing the outrageous thing is better than doing nothing at all.

    Although opinions I read about the movie seem to be that it is uneven and at times unbelievable, I found it totally believable and very heart warming. Ironically, Herman watched it with me and also enjoyed it.

    Bella, the title character, and her husband, Massimo, are based on the elderly Italian-American couple who owned, and lived above The Enrico Biscotti Company. It is the real-life Pittsburgh bakery owned by  director-writer Melissa Martin's husband, Larry Lagatutta, which served as inspiration for the film.

    If you get a chance, rent the DVD or VHS tape. It will be totally worth your while.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com