Fly, fly high, you are great and you can do it! But stay, stay a little 'here next to me and tell me what else to you
Pino Caruso, your disappearance left the whole world of stucco show. Yes, of stucco because a talent like yours we have not been able to value enough. From Sicily I have the great regret of not having had the courage to have ever knocked on your door, even just once, to tell you how great was the esteem I had for you. I could have learned so much from you. You seemed unreachable and I was too shy to talk to you. Instead, I would have only had to answer that you were Palermitano, like me and that, perhaps, all these problems neither you nor I should have done. Because you were simple, to the hand, you knew how to laugh and make you laugh and with intelligence without banality, as many remind me.
Knowing that one of my greatest cinema professors in Rome, Stefano Reali, had had the privilege of having wanted you in two of his cinematographic films was perhaps enough for me and filled my heart with immense pride. You were the trophy to show without noticing it.
Then I grew up and today I realize I was wrong. Wrong about your talent? Never. Impossible. I was wrong because I did not act in time. I should have only had more strength, more courage and less embarrassment. In the end, probably, we would have taken a walk to the Vucciria, as only two good Sicilians can do. We would probably have gone to the Cape market and you would have told me about the cinema in your opinion and the many anecdotes, or maybe not. Perhaps by education you would have only replied to my greeting. Perhaps today I prefer to remain in doubt and write to you only that I wanted to meet you to tell you that you were our Palermo pride. I would have told you, in spite of everything, not to give up. Yes, what I did not have the courage to tell you as a girl, because I saw you immense, is what I would say even today: Pino, fly. Fly up, you're great and you can do it! But stay, still a little 'here next to me and tell me what else I can learn from you?