Nothing – not her father, not the church – can stop unruly Angela from being with her childhood best friend turned great love, Sara. Based on a true story, Viola di mare, presents a uniquely engaging portrait of family, community and gender roles in a 19th century Italian village.
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Figaro qua, Figaro là (1950) Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, Totò, Isa Barzizza, Gianni Agus, Renato Rascel, Action, Comedy
The protagonist of the film, set in 1700, is Figaro, the barber of Seville, who risks being arrested for opening his shop on Sundays despite a ban. Figaro is a friend of a young Count who’s in love with Rosina, the governor’s daughter. But her father doesn’t consent to their marriage.
Una breve vacanza / A Brief Vacation (1973) Vittorio De Sica, Florinda Bolkan, Renato Salvatori, Daniel Quenaud, Drama, Romance
A women lives a miserable life in the basement of her Milan apartment, with her boring inlaws and three children (boys). Her husband has been injured. Her bleak life takes an unexpected turn when she is diagnosed with tuberculosis and has to go to a sanatorium in the Italian Alps. At the medical clinic in Milan she meets young mechanic with the similar health problems. At the sanatorium she meets again the same man and they start a passionate love affair. All good things must come to an end. When she is cured, she has to return to that rathole from which she only briefly emerged.
La bella mugnaia / The Miller’s Beautiful Wife (1955) Mario Camerini, Vittorio De Sica, Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Comedy
Alla fine del ‘600 nel napoletano sotto la dominazione spagnola, il mugnaio Luca cerca di arrabattarsi per non pagare le gabelle che impone Don Teofilo, il governatore, con il consiglio di Gardunia; da quella sulla pioggia (anche quando non c’è) a quella sul matrimonio. In questo è aiutato dalla bella moglie Carmela; diventa così amico di tutti i potenti del vicinato che sperano di conquistare le grazie della moglie. Tra i potenti vi è anche il governatore che, dietro consiglio di Gardunia, fa imprigionare Luca per avere mano libera con la moglie. Ma anche nei migliori piani le cose non vanno come previsto.
The Ladykiller / L’assassino / The Assassin (1961) Elio Petri, Marcello Mastroianni, Micheline Presle, Cristina Gaioni, Crime, Thriller
In the post-Civil War West, a young boy is rescued from a massacre by Protestants who instill the value of pacifism in the young boy. But it’s only when he chases after his missing step-sister that he discovers a skill for gunslinging, takes on the name Requiscant, and re-enters the world of violence denied to him as a child. This spaghetti Western also includes a cameo from director Pier Paolo Pasolini as a renegade priest.
Era notte a Roma / It Was Night in Rome (1960) Roberto Rossellini, Leo Genn, Giovanna Ralli, Sergey Bondarchuk, Drama, War
During WW2, in Rome , a trio of escaped Allied POWs find themselves in limbo as they try to avoid re-capture and reach their dispersed units. Michael Pemberton is a British Major, Fyodor Aleksandrovic Nazukov is a Soviet Sergeant and Peter Bradley is an American Lieutenant. A beautiful young Italian woman, Esperia Belli, agrees to give them shelter. She knows that despite Italy’s efforts to break with Nazi Germany and join the Allies there are some Italians who are Fascist sympathizers and would gladly denounce Esperia to the German authorities. Hiding enemy soldiers or escaped POWs is punishable by death. Esperia hopes to get in contact with the Italian anti-Fascist resistance which could help the three escaped Allied POWs rejoin their respective armies. Until then, the fugitives are stuck in Esperia’s attic.
Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) Pier Paolo Pasolini, Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle, Drama, War, Erotic
Peccati di gioventù (1975) Silvio Amadio, Gloria Guida, Dagmar Lassander, Fred Robsahm, Drama, Erotic
I Ragazzi Della Roma Violenta (1976) Renato Savino, Gino Barzacchi, Alicia Bruzzo, Cristina Businari, Crime, Erotic
Gang are all bored teenagers from rich families. One of the gang prefers playing pin pall to getting a girlfriend, because playing pin ball literally gets him off. The leader of the gang indulges in violent sexual fantasies, which ultimately leads to rape and murder. This inspires a teen gang from the streets, whose members are poor kids from the ghetto.