Tag Archives: italian

Submission of a Woman / Al calar della sera (1992) Alessandro Lucidi, Daniela Poggi, Gianluca Favilla, Paolo Lorimer, Horror, Thriller

Al calar della sera (1992)
A woman seeks revenge against a depraved psychopath after surviving a harrowing sexual assault. Luisa and her husband Giorgio are preparing for a weekend retreat when their lives are turned upside down in the blink of an eye. Her husband savagely beaten while she and the babysitter watch in horror, Luisa discovers that her nightmare has just begun when the lecherous madman reveals his true intentions. At the end of the day Luisa is lucky to be alive. By the time she finishes with her attacker, he’ll wish he was never born.

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In nome del Papa Re / In the Name of the Pope King (1977) Luigi Magni, Nino Manfredi, Danilo Mattei, Carmen Scarpitta, Drama, History, Romance

In nome del Papa Re (1977)
In 1867, with Garibaldi’s forces close to bringing Rome into the Italian kingdom, Monsignor Colombo da Priverno, a world-weary judge on the papal court, wants to resign, disgusted by the violence to which the papacy resorts to hold secular power. That night, three rebels blow up the Zouaves’ barracks. Colombo learns that a brief liaison with a countess 20 years’ before produced a son, one of the rebels arrested for the bombing. He uses his influence to gain the youth’s release, hides him, and then engages in doomed battles of wit with the court and with the Black Pope to free the other two. Can this priest be a father, blunt power, and live out his faith?

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Necropolis (1970) Franco Brocani, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Tina Aumont, Pierre Clémenti, Fantasy, Horror

Necropolis (1970)
Brocani conjures together all your favourite European cultural and historical myth figures in order to attack the centuries of ‘sublimation’ that have produced our cities and their inhabitants. The gang’s all here: Frankenstein’s monster gropes towards the awareness that his mind is a universe; Attila, naked on a white horse, liberates his people from their ignominy; the ultra-caustic Viva bemoans the frustrations of married life and drifts into the elegiac persona of the Bloody Countess Bathory; Louis Waldon is a hip American tourist searching for the (missing) Mona Lisa. The range is extraordinary, from stand-up Jewish comedy to a kind of flea-market expressionism. Brocani’s approach is contemplative rather than agitational, which confounds the impatient; Gavin Bryars’ lovely Terry Riley-esque score matches the ambience exactly.

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Lettere di una novizia / La novice (1960) Alberto Lattuada, Pascale Petit, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Massimo Girotti, Drama

Lettere di una novizia AKA La novice (1960)
A young novice is about to take her vows upon entering a convent when her recent past comes back to haunt her. Her priest has received an anonymous letter which suggests she is far from capable of pursuing the life of a nun. Distraught, the novice reveals the tragic tale that drove her to her present predicament. Previously, the novice, Rita, lived with her mother on a vast farm estate that she had inherited from her father. Unable to sell the farm until she came of age, Rita could only watch her mother become more miserable by the struggle to keep the farm running. To speed things up, Rita decides to get married. Unfortunately, the man she has in her sights also happens to be her mother’s lover…

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Addio fratello crudele / ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (1971) Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Charlotte Rampling, Oliver Tobias, Fabio Testi, Drama

Addio fratello crudele (1971)
In an amoral home, where a man lives in sin with a woman, his daughter and his son fall in love, and have incestuous relations even after the young woman marrys. Her husband will seek revenge, and a gory end will unite all in classic tragedy – death. Based on John Ford’s play, “Pity she’s a whore”, respecting its poetic text, and careful Italian Renaissance settings.

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Caro diario / Dear Diary (1993) Nanni Moretti, Renato Carpentieri, Giovanna Bozzolo, Biography, Comedy, Drama

Caro diario AKA Dear Diary (1993)
Nanni Moretti directs himself playing himself in this wry look at life. Presented in three chapters, Moretti uses the experiences of traveling on his motor-scooter, cruising with his friend around a set of remote islands in search of peace to finish his new film and consulting doctor after doctor to cure his annoying rash to cast a humorous look at his life and those around him.

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