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Italian Language Films

Films A to Z by U.S. Title

 
8 1/2
Otto e Mezzo
Fellini's autobiographical film about a famous film director (Marcello Mastroianni) who loses his inspiration in the midst of making of film. Also available as a downloadable video.
 
Agata and the Storm (2004)
Agata e la tempesta
When Agata, the popular bookshop proprietor and dispenser of sunny wisdom is suddenly wooed by a man almost half her age, her electricity hits high-voltage. Yet it is Agata's joy and magnetism in the face of life in all its irony that eventually offers the eye of the storm. Also available as a downloadable video.
 
Amarcord (1973)
In this carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the Fascist period, Fellini satirizes his youth and turns daily life into a circus of adolescent desires, male fantasies, rituals, sensations, and emotions.
 
Le Amiche (1955)
The story of Rosette, a girl from a wealthy family, who attempts suicide. From the attempted suicide, she goes on to meet a group of women who she will become friends with--Clelia, Nene, and Navy. The film shows how various experiences in their lives bring about changes in their relationship. It describes the life experiences these friends have, from a suicide to the finding of a new love to a separation to a marriage.
 
And the Ship Sails On (1984)
E La Nave Va
In July 1914 a luxury liner leaves Italy with the ashes of the famous opera singer Tetua. The boat is filled with her friends, opera singers, actors and all kinds of exotic people. Life is sweet the first days, but on the third day the captain has to save a large number of Serbian refugees from the sea, refugees who had escaped the first tremors of World War I. Directed by Federico Fellini.
 
L'Avventura (1960)
Story about the search for a girl lost on an island; gradually the searchers become preoccupied with their own problems, and the girl is never found.
 
Baarìa (2009)
Grand-scale, semi-autobiographical portrait of life and love over three generations in a small town in Sicily. Set against the background of major events in the history of 20th century Italy. Written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore.
 
The Best of Youth (2003)
La Meglio Gioventù
Divided by politics but bonded by blood, Italian brothers Nicola and Matteo find their paths intersecting through some of the most tumultuous events in recent history.
 
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Ladri de Biciclette
Simple story of an unemployed man and his family living in war devastated Rome. The father finds a job pasting up posters and signs, work requiring a bicycle on which to get around. When his bicycle is stolen the father and his son are forced to steal one in desperation and are caught. By Vittorio de Sica. Also available as a downloadable videos.
 
Big Deal on Madonna Street (1960)
I Soliti Ignoti
Five men conspire to burglarize a small-time jeweler's safe. When the time comes to carry out the scheme, the men become hopelessly clumsy and have to eventually give up and go home. Marcello Mastroianni stars in this comedy Italian-style by Mario Monicelli.
 
Bitter Rice (1948)
Riso Amaro
Francesca and Walter are two-bit criminals in Northern Italy and in an effort to avoid the police, Francesca joins a group of women rice workers. She meets the voluptuous peasant rice worker, Silvana, and the soon-to-be discharged soldier, Marco. Walter follows her to the rice fields, and the four characters become involved in a complex plot involving robbery, love, and murder.
 
Bread and Chocolate (1973)
Pane e Cioccolata
A comic but poignant portrait of an Italian immigrant working odd jobs in prosperous Switzerland and trying desperately to fit in. Though his work becomes increasingly degrading, he tenaciously refuses to give up and go home. This hapless Everyman is eternally rejected yet ever-hopeful.
 
Bread and Tulips (2000)
Pane e Tulipani
When a harried housewife (Licia Maglietta) is accidentally left behind while on vacation with her family, she decides to take a holiday of her own in Venice. She becomes charmed by the city and her newfound freedom. She decides to extend her stay, finding a job in a flower shop, renting a room from a wistful waiter, and rediscovers her love for playing the accordion. But her solo journey does not sit well with her tyrannical husband, who hires an amateur detective (a very amusing Giuseppe Battiston) to bring her back home.
 
But Forever in My Mind (2001)
Come Te Nessuno Mai
Silvio makes the mistake of telling his gossipy best friend Ponzi that he kissed the school's prettiest girl, who has a very jealous boyfriend. By the end of the day the entire school knows about the kiss, including one very angry boyfriend.
 
Cartesius (1974)
Depicts seventeenth-century thinker René Descartes' agonized struggle to assert the primacy of reason.
 
The Children are Watching Us (1944)
I Bambini Ci Guardano
A four-year-old boy is trapped in a loveless family with his suicidal father and his adulteress mother.
 
Christ Stopped at Eboli
Cristo si e fermato a Eboli
Based on the classic memoir by Carlo Levi, a northern Italian-Jewish intellectual who was exiled by the Fascist government during World War II to Aliano, an impoverished mountain village (Gagliano in the book) in Lucania (now Basilicata) in southern Italy. "The title of the book comes from an expression by the people of Gagliano who say of themselves, 'Christ stopped short of here, at Eboli' which means, in effect, that they feel they have been bypassed by Christianity, by morality, by history itself — that they have somehow been excluded from the full human experience."
 
Ciao, Professore (1993)
The story of an upper-class teacher from conservative Northern Italy who, due to a computer error, finds himself teaching third-grade truants at a ramshackle school in the south.
 
Cinema Paradiso (1990)
A young boy in a small Italian village is befriended by the projectionist at the movie theater, the Cinema Paradiso. As the boy grows up, he learns to love films, and is encouraged by his good friend to pursue his dream of one day making movies. 1989 Best foreign language films, Academy Award.
 
Come Undone (2010)
Cosavogliodipiù
A married woman becomes involved in a heated affair with a married waiter, and as their neatly ordered world falls apart, they are faced with a life-changing choice which neither is entirely prepared to make.
 
Come Have Coffee with Us (1970)
Venga a prendere il caffè da noi
A retired war-veteran is looking for sex and money from three virginal middle-aged sister spinsters.
 
Corpo Celeste (2011)
Having recently returned to her native Italy after living in Switzerland for 10 years, quiet but curious 13-year-old Marta is left to her own devices while her loving but worn-out mother toils away at an industrial bakery. Marta's only source of socialization is the local church, where she is sent to attend preparatory classes for her confirmation. But the doctrines of Roman Catholicism offer little in terms of life lessons or consolation, and she quickly sees through the hypocrisy of the priest, who cares more about status than about his constituents. Eventually, Marta forges her very own way of the cross, which turns out to have much less to do with God than with her own ascent into adulthood.
 
Days and Clouds (2007)
Giorni e Nuvole
Well-to-do, sophisticated couple, Elsa and Michele, have a 20 year-old daughter, Alice, and enough money for Elsa to leave her job and fulfill an old dream of studying art history. After she graduates, however, their lives change. Michele confesses he hasn't worked in two months and was fired by the company he founded years ago. Elsa overcomes her initial shock by pouring extra energy into facing the crisis while Michele, exhausted by an unsuccessful job hunt, lets himself go, alternating between vivacity and apathy. The growing distance between them eventually leads to a break-up, only to realize that the love that binds them is their most precious possession.
 
The Decameron (1971)
Il Decameron
Based on "The Decameron" by Giovanni Boccaccio, this is director Pier Paolo Pasolini's version of Boccaccio's classic tales of passion. Among the stories are a young man's exploits with a gang of robbers, a flock of randy nuns who sin with a strapping gardener, and a pupil of the painter Giotto working on a massive fresco.
 
Il Divo: La Straordinaria Vita di Giulio Andreotti (2008)
This award-winning film explores the shady world of Giulio Andreotti, a seven-time Italian Prime Minister who was accused of masterminding a Vatican/Mafia/Neo-Fascist conspiracy while ordering the assassinations of judges, journalists, and even members of his own political party.
 
Divorce Italian Style (1962)
A man (Marcello Mastroianni) falls in love with a younger woman, but he is married and divorce is illegal. To get what he wants, he begins an elaborate scheme to kill his wife.
 
La Dolce Vita (1960)
A journalist ventures into the decadent society of modern Rome and finds that his values are being destroyed, leaving him totally disillusioned. A Federico Fellini film with Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg.
 
Don't Tell (2005)
La Bestia nel Cuore
When Sabina's father dies, she is left haunted by a terrible dream that becomes a living nightmare. She seeks out her only sibling, brother Daniele, hoping to find an answer...while keeping her daunting journey a secret to those she loves most. Based on the novel "La bestia nel cuore" by Cristina Comencini and starring Giovanna Mezzogiorno.
 
Double hour (2009)
La doppia ora
Guido, a former cop, is a luckless veteran of the speed-dating scene in Turin. But, much to his surprise, he meets Slovenian immigrant Sonia, a chambermaid at a high-end hotel. The two hit it off, and a passionate romance develops. After they leave the city for a romantic getaway in the country, things suddenly take a dark turn.
 
L'Eclisse (1962)
A young woman, after breaking off an affair with an older man, finds herself in Rome and alone. She becomes friends with a young stockbroker, but after he has an accident, she once again finds herself alone.
 
Everybody's Fine (1990)
Stanno Tutti Bene
A retired Sicilian bureaucrat who has seen the best and the brightest - including his own five children - leave his island for success on the Italian mainland is determined to reunite the family. He travels to Italy to surprise his children but is forced to realize that his children are hiding a wrenching family secret.
 
Facing Windows (2003)
Finestra di Fronte
Giovanna is a young working-class wife and mother, who has no time for the senile elderly man her husband has rescued from the streets. But as she uncovers the stranger's secrets, it unlocks a freedom within her heart she never expected; a freedom that will lead her to the arm of a neighbor she secretly adores, and to fulfillment her husband and family cannot provide.
 
Farinelli (1995)
Farinelli, Il Castrato
The true story of a world famous castrato in the 18th century is told. With charisma, talent, drive and success, Farinelli had everything: money, talent, fame, women, and the voice of an angel. He becomes obsessed with earning the respect of his brother's rival, the composer Handel.
 
Fellini Satyricon (1968)
An adaptation of the Petronius classic recreating the bawdy and lecherous days of Nero's reign in ancient Rome. It is also an allegorical satire of the self-indulgence of modern history.
 
Ferdinando and Carolina (1999)
After an arranged marriage, King Ferdinando (of Sicily) and Carolina discover that the one thing they have in common is sexual desire. The sovereigns continue to reign, oblivious to the tide of revolution threatening to tear France apart.
 
Fiorile (1993)
The Benedetti family has been haunted by a curse for generations. On a long drive to visit their grandfather, Luigi Benedetti tells his children the mysterious and magical story of their ancestors.
 
Fists in the Pocket (1965)
I Pugni in Tasca
Story about a blind widow and her four children. Three are afflicted with epilepsy, and the fourth, Augusto, has to support the family. Alessandro (Sandro) wants to free his brother from this burden and sees killing the rest of the family as the only way.
 
The Garden of the "Finzi-Continis" (1970)
Giardino dei Finzi-Contini
A movie by Vittorio de Sica based on the novel by Giorgio Bassani. In Italy in 1938, Mussolini's anti-Semitic edicts begin to isolate the Jews from their communities. Among them are the Finzi-Continis, an aristocratic Jewish family forced for the first time to acknowledge the world beyond its fenced garden.
 
Il Generale della Rovere (1959)
Emanuele Bardone, a petty con man (Vittorio De Sica), fleeces his victims by posing as a colonel. Persuaded by the Germans to impersonate a partisan leader they have killed, he assumes the admirable qualities of the heroic officer. Directed by Roberto Rossellini and based on a novel by Indro Montanelli.
 
The Girl by the Lake (2007)
Ragazza del lago
When a beautiful young girl is found murdered in an idyllic northern Italy village, Inspector Giovanni Sanzio is called in from the capital to investigate. In a small town where nobody is what they seem, anyone could be capable of homicide and everyone may be hiding a dark secret, including Inspector Sanzio.
 
Golden Door (2006)
Nuovomondo
This romantic drama about two very different people yearning for a better life in America at the turn of the 20th century is the tale of Salvatore and Lucy. Sacrificing everything, Salvatore Mancuso, an innocent Silician peasant, begins his transatlantic odyssey to the land of promise. During the grueling journey, he meets a beautiful and worldly Englishwoman, Lucy, and an unexpected romance blossoms. Looking forward to their new life together, neither is prepared for the realities of Ellis Island, where they'll stop at nothing to make it through the golden door into the America of their dreams.
 
Gomorra (2008)
Five disparate tales of Naples' mafia underworld, where men and children are caught up in a corrupt system that extends from the housing projects to the world of haute couture. It won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008. Based on the novel by Roberto Saviano.
 
Good Morning, Night (2003)
Buongiorno, Notte
A young woman, Chiara, moves into a new apartment with her husband. She conceals her true identity as member of the Red Brigades, Italy's terrorist underground, which is currently planning to kidnap the Prime Minister. Directed by Marco Bellocchio.
 
Il Grido (The Outcry) (1957)
A man is bereft when his married lover of seven years decides suddenly to leave him when her husband dies. He takes their child and wanders for a year, but realizes he can love only her.
 
His Secret Life (Ignorant Fairies) (2002)
Le Fate Ignorant
Antonia and her husband Massimo have been living a happily married existence for the better part of 10 years when a sudden and tragic accident kills Massimo. Barely able to survive her grief Antonia discovers that her beloved Massimo has been carrying a secret life for a good many years. Shocked out of her grief, Antonia begins to search for details and any information leading to Massimo's mistress, only to discover that his secret lover is a man, the very handsome, young Michele. When she slowly begins to meet the rather large extended 'family' of friends who spent so much time with Michele and Massimo over the years, Antonia finds herself drawn to her husband's other life.
 
I am Love (2009)
Io sono l'amore
Tells the story of a wealthy Italian family and the sweeping changes that their lives are undergoing during the turn of the millennium in Milan.
 
The Icicle Thief (1989)
Satiric fantasy that blasts television by mingling the hyper reality of commercials with a bleak vintage drama. VHS.
 
I'm Not Scared (2003)
Io non ho paura
While playing outside one day in a wheat field, nine-year-old Michele discovers Filippo, who is chained to the ground at the bottom of a hole. Michele witnesses town bad boy Felice nearby and suspects something bad is happening. Michele is unsure whom he should tell about his discovery, eventually spilling the tale to his closest friend. When Michele's parents learn of his discovery, they warn him to forget whatever he saw.
 
L'Innocente (1976)
After becoming bored with his timid wife, a wealthy aristocrat begins an exciting affair. Upon learning that his wife is having a torrid affair of her own, he is tormented by her infidelity and commits a cruel and horrifying act.
 
Intervista (1987)
Japanese film crew interviews Fellini about his career as he films the memories of his life as a young journalist walking into his beloved studio Cinecitta for the first time.
 
Kaos (1984)
Five tales adapted from Luigi Pirandello's Novelle per un anno
The Other Son: A mother spends her life waiting for news from her two sons while ignoring her third, because he is the reincarnation of the bandit who raped her. Moonsickness: A newly-wed peasant girl discovers that her husband goes mad every full moon. She arranges for a male friend to protect her, but they end up in bed together just as the moon emerges from behind a cloud. The Jar: A rich landowner hires a master craftsman to repair a giant olive jar, but the craftsman gets trapped inside. Requiem: Villagers band together in an attempt to force their landlord to let them bury their dead. The Crow of Mízzaro: A strong, poetic vision of Sicilian life.
 
Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
Giulietta degli spiriti
When Giuletta, a housewife (played by Giuletta Masina, Fellini's wife), suspects her husband of infidelity, she unleashes an unconscious ripe with erotic fantasies. In this film, Fellini's first feature-length color film, his examination of the sexual psyche unfolds via the surrealistic use of abrupt cut-aways to illustrate the woman' sexual fantasies.
 
The Lark Farm (2007)
Masseria della allodole
The tale of an aristocratic family who is unexpectedly swept into the ravages of the Armenian Genocide during World War I and a forbidden passion that may be the family's only hope for survival.
 
The Last Kiss (2001)
L'Ultimo Bacio
Parenthood stirs up a wealth of mixed emotions in this drama from Italy. Carlo and Giulia are a couple in their late twenties who discover they are going to have a baby. Even though Carlo has already settled down, he sees parenthood as the first step towards becoming middle-aged and he feels an urge to have one last fling.
 
The Leopard (1963)
Il Gattopardo
Set in Sicily in the latter part of the 1800s, this film tells the story of Prince Salina (Burt Lancaster), a great landowner, who watches the decrease of the aristocracy's power and influence during the time known as Il Risorgimento, when revolutionaries sought to unify Italy under the royal House of Savoy. While Prince Salina and the upper class try to ignore the nationalistic movement that is underway, Prince Salina's nephew joins Giuseppe Garibaldi and his revolutionaries. Based on the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.
 
Life is Beautiful
La Vita è Bella
A charming but bumbling waiter Roberto Benigni) who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor has won the heart of the woman he loves and has created a beautiful life for his young family. Then that life is threatened by World War II.
 
Line of Fire (2002)
El Alamein
Enzo Monteleone's incredibly powerful film recounts one of the epic battles of WWII, in which the Italian army, fighting alongside the Germans, sought to drive the Allied forces from North Africa.
 
Love and Anarchy (1973)
Film d'amore e d'anarchia
Tells the story of a shy country peasant who goes to the city with a plan to assassinate Benito Mussolini. Shows how his underground contact in the network of anarchists offers him a hideout in her brothel where he meets a young prostitute and falls in love.
 
Love and Anger (1969)
Amore e rabbia
Collection of 5 short linked stories of love, anger and indifference at the end of the 20th century.
 
Mafioso (1962)
Nino is an auto-factory foreman who takes his wife and two daughters from industrial Milan to antiquated, rural Sicily to visit his family and get back in touch with his roots. But Nino gets more than he bargained for when he discovers some harsh truths about his ancestors and himself.
 
Mamma Roma (1962)
A middle-aged prostitute attempts to extricte herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Mamma Roma offers an unflinching look at the struggle for survival in postwar Italy.
 
Mid-August Lunch (2008)
Pranzo di Ferragosto
A middle-aged man living with his elderly mother finds the best way to pay for their debts is to take care of the building manager's mother during the biggest festival of the year. Soon he finds himself with not two but four mothers to keep fed and happy.
 
My Mother's Smile (2002)
L'Ora di Religione
A celebrated painter receives a visit from a cardinal's assistant, who informs him that his mother could become a saint.
 
Nights of Cabiria (1956)
Le Notti di Cabiria
Cabiria (Giulietta Masina), a simple-minded prostitute, searches Rome for true love. She is romanced and abandoned by men who exploit her. She endures even in the face of tragedy with the vain hope of finding marriage and happiness.
 
The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)
La Notte di San Lorenzo
Depicts the final days of World War II in Italy, seen mostly through the eyes of a six-year-old girl. It is a mythic recollection by the protagonist of life on the run when a group of Italian villagers flee from brutal Nazi occupiers in the summer of 1944.
 
La Notte (The Night)
An emotionally estranged couple (Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau) faces heartache, desperation, and personal loss all in the course of one night.
 
The Nymph (1996)
Ninfa plebea
A naive 15 year-old-girl who is subjected to repeated abuse in her small village finds love with a wounded soldier.
 
Otello
This is Verdi's opera based on Shakespeare's play that was made into a motion picture by Franco Zeffirelli in 1986.
 
The Overcoat (1952)
Il cappotto
Based on the story by Nikolai Gogol, directed by Alberto Lattuada. A poor city-hall clerks' only desire is for a new overcoat. The town Mayor is planning a reception for some visiting VIP's in honor of a new, wasteful piece of construction. The clerk bungles his assignment and is fired, but he stumbles onto some bribery concerning the architects and, to keep him quiet, he is given his job back as a bonus, which allows him to buy his long-cherished overcoat and it makes him so presentable he wins a new-found respect.
 
Padre Padrone (1977)
The story of a son's development under an oppressive father. Gavino lives in solitude as an illiterate Sardinian shepherd. Finally he revolts against his father and his own illiteracy, studies and earns a degree and finds his identity through his newly-found ability to communicate. Based on the autobiographical novel Padre Padrone, by Gavino Ledda.
 
Paisan
Paisà
This 1946 film by Roberto Rossellini is the second in his Neorealistic Trilogy. Set during the liberation of Italy at the end of World War II, and taking place across the country, from Sicily to the northern Po Valley this movie relates six stories dealing with Italian and American soldiers meeting under battle conditions. The first in the Trilogy is Rome, Open City. The third in the trilogy is Germany Year Zero (Germania anno zero)
 
Partner (1968)
A repressed young student concocts a radical alter ego for himself.
 
Il Postino (1995)
The postman, Mario, enlists the aid of the poet Pablo Neruda to conquer the heart of the beautiful Beatrice.
 
Primo Amore (First Love, Last Rites) (2004)
Vittorio is looking for his ideal woman. He meets Sonia, a sweet pleasant, intelligent girl. A goldsmith by trade, Vittorio is obsessed with the desire to shape Sonia's body and mind as he shapes gold with fire.
 
Red Desert (1964)
Il deserto rosso
A neurotic young woman who is married to an engineer in the industrial wasteland of northern Italy, searches in vain to find meaning in her life. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Part of the Criterion collection.
 
Remember Me, My Love (2003)
Ricordati di me
With his passions reawakened by a long lost love, Carlo's affair threatens to tear apart his entire family. Unfullfilled desires and ambitions which have worn each of them down now resurface when a crisis makes them realize the importance of family.
 
Respiro (2002)
Grazia is a carefree mother of three, who soon becomes the focus of her neighbors' gossip. While her fellow Lampedusians work and live hard - oblivious to their native paradise - Grazia alone is courageous enough to blissfully embrace life's treasures. Her wild, sensual and free-spirited behavior reflects the unrivaled beauty of her heavenly seaside village. She is not understood or accepted by the social conventions of the town, nor its strict tribal rules. Brings to light the network of true affection inside the family. Cannes Film Festival, 2002.
 
The Return of Don Camillo (1953)
After his battles with Peppone, Don Camillo (Fernandel) is exiled to a remote village where war is about to break out. Can the strong hand of the priest persuade the two sides to make peace?
 
Roma (1972)
A film adaptation of Federico Fellini's reminiscences of Rome before World War II, as compared to the present as it was when the film was originally produced.
 
Rome, Open City
Roma, città aperta
This 1945 film by Roberto Rossellini is the first of his Neorealistic Trilogy. When the Nazis occupied Rome, a brave few fought against it. An underground agent who is cornered by the Germans in a certain quarter of Rome, flees the Germans. In the course of his flight he imperils his resistance friends.
 
Shoeshine
Sciuscià
This 1946 Italian neorealist film by Vittorio de Sica relates the tale in post WWII Italy of Giuseppe and Pasquale who work on the street shining the shoes of American troops. When the boys are falsely accused of a crime, they are sent to a brutal state juvenile detention center where their lives would be changed forever. Academy Award, Silver Ribbon, 1946.
 
Seduced and Abandoned (1964)
Sedotta e Abbandonata
An Italian girl is seduced by her sister's boyfriend, setting in motion a chain of events which looks with tongue in cheek at the Sicilian code of honor, as the patriarch of the family tries to get the scoundrel to do right by his daughter.
 
The Seduction of Mimi (1972)
Mimi metallurgico ferito nellónore
Mimi, a Sicilian laborer, refuses to vote for the Mafia's candidate and consequently loses his job, his wife, and his home. His efforts to defend his honor produce complex comical results.
 
Senso (1954)
The story of a nineteenth century Italian countess who, amid the Austrian occupation of her country, puts her marriage and political principles on the line by engaging in a torrid affair with a dashing Austrian lieutenant
 
The Sicilian girl (2008)
La siciliana ribelle
Dramatic retelling of the story of Rita Atria, a 17-year-old Sicilian girl whose father and brother were both Mafia members (and victims) who breaks the vow of silence that enshrouds that world, and gives evidence to famed anti-Mafia judge Paolo Borsellino. Her days are numbered from that moment on. She only has nine months to live.
 
The Son's Room (2002)
La Stanza del figlio
A family struggles to go on after a devastating loss. Giovanni (Moretti) is a psychiatrist with a successful practice. He has a warm relationship with his wife, Paola (Morante), and they have a daughter, Irene (Trinca) and a son, Andrea (Sanfelice). The family's calm is shattered when Andrea is unexpectedly killed in an accident. Giovanni finds it impossible to continue with his work, and blames himself for the death, since he was planning to go jogging with Andrea that morning before he was called away for a patient. His wife and daughter tried to keep their emotions in check, but both sink further into anger and grief. And then the appearance of an unexpected visitor forces the family to confront their feelings about Andrea. Arianna (Vigliar) is a girl who had a summer romance with Andrea the year before, and has come to town to pay him a surprise visit, unaware of his recent death.
 
La Strada (1954)
Directed by Federico Fellini, La Strada is the story of a poor girl (Giulleta Masina - Fellini's wife) who is sold by her mother to the strong man in a circus (Anthony Quinn). She falls in love with him, but her love isn't returned until it is too late. Silver Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1954. Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1956.
 
Swept Away (1975)
Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto
A wealthy upperclass capitalist and a working-class deckhand on her yacht are marooned on an uninhabited island for several weeks. The woman becomes totally dependent on the man for survival, falls in love with him, and the two temporarily reverse their roles.
 
Traveling Companion (1996)
Compagna di Viaggio
An attractive unstable girl is hired by a rich woman to follow the woman's forgetful father. The old man takes Cora on an odyssey of self-discovery through Italy.
 
The Turkish Bath (1995)
Il Bagno Turco / Hamam
Francesco, a successful designer from Rome, arrives in Istanbul to dispose of an inheritance left him by an aunt he never knew. Once there he discovers that the property is a hamam, a traditional Turkish steam bath, Mehmet, the beautiful son of the hamam's custodian, ushers Francesco into the sultry world of the baths. Enlightened and unbound, Francesco decides to remain in Istanbul and restore the hamam.
 
Two Women (1960)
La Ciociara
In Italy, a woman (Sophia Loren) and her 13-year-old daughter become the focus of an attack by some invading Morroccan soldiers who are part of the Allied forces in World War II. When the mother recovers consciousness, she finds her daughter in a complete state of shock. Conscious only of the ordeal, the daughter prostitutes herself for a pair of nylon stockings. On hearing of the death of a man they both loved, mother and daughter are re-united. Based on the novel, La Ciociara, by Alberto Moravia.
 
Umberto D (1952)
Follow Umberto D., an elderly pensioner, as he struggles to make ends meet during Italy's postwar economic boom. Alone, except for his dog, Flike, Umberto strives to maintain his dignity while trying to survive in a city where traditional human kindness seems to have lost out to the forces of modernization. A movie by Vittorio de Sica.
 
Variety Lights (1951)
Luci del Varietà
A newly restored print of Fellini's directorial debut. The film features the director's wife and frequent collaborator, Giulietta Masina, and it introduces Fellini's affection for carnivalesque characters and the variety show, both of which influenced much of his later work. The movie features the onstage and backstage antics of a provincial troupe of lovably inept vaudeville performers travelling laboriously from one small town to another for little pay and ever-uncertain receptions.
 
Vincere (2009)
About fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and the woman he loved. Ida Dalser (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) was scorned, denounced, and then written out of history. Mussolini's rise to power and Dalser's descent into an insane asylum are tragic counterpoints in a doomed romance. Dalser may have been written off at the time, but Bellocchio and Mezzogiorno allow her a final, unexpected triumph in this cinematic masterwork.
 
The Wedding Director (2006)
Il Regista di Matrimoni
When a filmmaker is asked by a prince to film the wedding of his daughter, he impulsively falls in love with the bride-to-be and will stop at nothing to sabotage the wedding.
 
The White Sheik (1952)
Ivan Cavalli brings his new wife Wanda to Rome on the least romantic honeymoon in history--a rigid schedule of family meetings and an audience with the Pope. But Wanda, dreaming of the dashing hero of a photo-strip cartoon, drifts off in search of the White Sheik, thus setting off a slapstick comedy. Directed by Federico Fellini.
 
 

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Books About Italian Cinema

Brunetta, G. P.
The History of Italian Cinema: a guide to Italian film from its origins to the twenty-first century
Written by the foremost scholar of Italian cinema and presented here for the first time in English, this landmark book traces the complete history of filmmaking in Italy, from its origins in the silent era through its golden age in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, and its subsequent decline to its resurgence today.
 
Landy, Marchia
Italian Film
PN1993.5.I88 L38 2000
History of Italian film in the 20th century.
 
Kezich, Tullio
Federico Fellini: his life and work
PN1998.3.F45 K49 2006
 
 
Luzzi, Joseph
The Blessed Lens: A History of Italian Cinema
(CD) PN1993.5.I88 L89 2011x
In this Modern Scholar recorded lecture series, Bard College director of Italian studies professor Joseph Luzzi presents an overview of Italian film.
 
Wood, Mary P. (Mary Patricia)
Italian Cinema
PN1993.5.I88 W66 2005
 
 

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