"Malinconico Autunno" is the story of a young Spanish boy (Miguelito Gil, probably the most interesting of Matarazzo's children) who finds a father in sea captain, Amadeo Nazzari and a mate for his outcast mother, Yvonne Sanson. It sounds like a wish fulfillment fantasy and the villains of the piece (rotten schoolmates, scorned lovers, jealous underlings) are as Manichean as ever. Yet it works for the most part, because of the sympathetic acting and because of Matarazzo's sense of family.
Produced for release by John Matarazzo, head of Hudson Street Entertainment group, this 109-minute long DVD includes highlights from the 1990 and 1991 issues of the now defunct Live Under The Sky jazz festival. Filmed in Tokyo, starts with an all-star quartet - Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Dave Holland (on electric bass!) and Jack DeJohnette - performing "Jack In".
A typical Midwestern 18 year-old freshman at a large state university, eager to delve into the college party life, discovers instead that school is not the beer-driven, sexual fantasy of his imagination. Determined to do anything to obtain the girl of his dreams (a gorgeous but reluctant sorority girl), he decides to adopt a gay identity in order to insinuate himself in her life. This casual charade, however, quickly lands him in a morass of campus activism, gender warfare, fraternity hazes, sorority torture, "coming out" narratives, political martyrdom, and ultimately a university-wide meltdown.