Tag Archives: italian
I tre ladri / The Three Thieves (1954) Lionello De Felice, Totò, Jean-Claude Pascal, Simone Simon, Comedy
Tapioca, a small time thief, hides out in an elegant apartment, followed shortly after by Cascarilla, one of his apprentices who has become better than his master. When the owners arrive home, the latter offers the wife a bunch of love letters she has written to various lovers for ten million…
A Countess from Hong Kong (1967) Charles Chaplin, Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Sydney Chaplin, Comedy, Romance
Natascha, a White Russian countess, stows away on a luxury liner at Hong Kong, determined to seek a new life in America. Natascha hides in the cabin of Ogden Mears, a millionaire diplomat, thereby causing an endless stream of misunderstandings and complications; particularly when his wife, Martha, joins the trip at Honolulu, necessitating a ‘marriage’ to Ogden’s valet, Hudson, a saronged-dive overboard and more subterfuge on the part of Ogdon and his associate, Harvey.
Sessomato / Le Sexe Fou (1973) Dino Risi, Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Alberto Lionello, Comedy
How Funny Can Sex Be? is an eight-episode anthology film about love, sex and marriage in contemporary, mid-’70s Italy. Some of the segments–particularly those featuring Laura Antonelli and Giancarlo Giannini–are really fun…
La classe operaia va in paradiso / The Working Class Goes to Heaven (1971) Elio Petri, Gian Maria Volontè, Mariangela Melato, Gino Pernice, Drama
Lulù is a real hard worker. For this reason he is loved by the masters and hated by his own colleagues. The unions decide agitations against the masters. Lulù doesn’t agree till he cuts, by accident, one of his own fingers. Now, after he understood the worker’s conditions, he agrees the unions and participates to the strike. He immediately is fired and, not only is abandoned by his lover, but also by the other workers. But the fights of the unions allow him under a new legislation to be hired again. At this point his mind starts giving collapse signs…
Mario, after serving a sentence for fraud, trying to continue to live at the expense of others. Marisa knows, a mature unmarried owner of a house music started that, despite everything, would like to marry him. After deception and misunderstanding, Mario, who has no intention of getting married, and has since used the situation weaving a series of cheating availing themselves of the house music is discovered and, when pressed between the prison and marriage, promises to Marisa to marry her, but then they blow it upstream to the last moment.
Malizia / Malicious (1973) Salvatore Samperi, Laura Antonelli, Turi Ferro, Alessandro Momo, Comedy, Fantasy
A widower and his sons fall in love with Angela (Laura Antonelli), the beautiful housekeeper. Each man uses his particular way to approach and capture the – apparently innocent and naive – young woman, and to see more of her sexy body. But only one of them succeeds in dominating and conquering her.
Gli ultimi cinque minuti / It Happens in Roma (1955) Giuseppe Amato, Linda Darnell, Vittorio De Sica, Peppino De Filippo, Comedy
Renata and Carlo covet the same apartment in Rome. They first quarrel but Carlo finds an original way out: what if they married and shared the place? Renata agrees but on one condition: that she should be allowed to go on trying to find the man of her dreams. For a while suitors follow each other, each time ridiculed by Carlo. Things get harder however with Dino, a more serious rival. After dallying with the charming young man, Renata winds up realizing it is Carlo she really loves.
The tragedy of Puccini’s heartbreaking romance comes to life on stage in this production starring Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, and Ruggero Raimondi and directed by Beniot Jacquot. The Royal Opera House – Covent Garden performs Puccini’s timeless score as Antonio Pappano conducts.
La parmigiana / The Girl from Parma (1963) Antonio Pietrangeli, Nino Manfredi, Catherine Spaak, Didi Perego, Comedy
Dora, driven away from her town by malicious gossip following her first love affair, has a series of short-lived adventures until she falls in love with Nino, a small time crook. In Parma, a police officer courts her but she keeps thinking of Nino and makes up her mind to join him. But he has found a new lover.