Good Morning, Babylon

Good Morning, Babylon (Italian: Good morning Babilonia) is a 1987 drama film written and directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, starring Vincent Spano, Joaquim de Almeida, Greta Scacchi, Désirée Nosbusch, Omero Antonutti, and Charles Dance. The film follows the story of two Italian brothers who emigrate to America and find work as set designers for D.W. Griffith's silent film epic Intolerance (1916).

Good Morning, Babylon
Italian theatrical poster
Directed byPaolo Taviani
Vittorio Taviani
Produced byGiuliani G. De Negri
Screenplay byPaolo Taviani
Vittorio Taviani
Tonino Guerra
Story byPaolo Taviani
Vittorio Taviani
Lloyd Fonvielle
Music byNicola Piovani
CinematographyGiuseppe Lanci
Edited byRoberto Perpignani
Release date
  • 13 May 1987 (1987-05-13)
Running time
117 minutes

The French-Italian co-production was screened out of competition at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.[1] It was a critical and financial hit in its native country, winning a Nastro d'Argento for Best Costume Design with an additional nomination for Best Supporting Actor.


Two Tuscan brothers, Nicola and Andrea Bonanno, come from a long line of artisans and church restorers. In 1911, they find themselves out of work without any real prospects. Hoping to find their fortunes elsewhere, they emigrate to the United States. Initially forced into precarious jobs, the two young man manage to find work in the Italian emigrant neighborhood of San Francisco.

Thanks to their talent and with a bit of luck, they find themselves in the employ of film director D. W. Griffith, who is overseeing preproduction of his historical epic Intolerance and is looking for Italian-born set designers. The brothers find themselves working on the film's elaborate Babylonian period setpieces, while falling in love with two young extras; Edna and Mabel, whom they eventually marry.

Life, however, soon turns bitter for the brothers after Edna dies in childbirth. Rather than uniting the brothers, the tragedy only divides them. Later on in World War I, Nicola and Andrea will meet and the camera, used by the army for military purposes, will be the dramatic witness of the epilogue of their lives.



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Good Morning, Babylon". Archived from the original on 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2009-07-25.

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