An American starlet inflames two Italian peasants who forget about their respective fiance’s. One of them even thinks of marrying her and begins to plan for the engagement banquet. When the girl decides to live the countryside harmony reigns again.
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Campo de’ fiori / The Peddler and the Lady (1943) Mario Bonnard, Caterina Boratto, Cristiano Cristiani, Peppino De Filippo, Comedy, Drama
Peppino, a fishmonger on Campo de’ Fiori, a famous Roman marketplace, works alongside Elide, a greengrocer, who has a soft spot for him, despite the fact they argue all day long… But neither Peppino, nor his friend Aurelio, the barber, are interested in getting married. Until he meets the beautiful Elsa…
Étoile / Ballet (1989) Peter Del Monte, Jennifer Connelly, Gary McCleery, Laurent Terzieff, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
La visione del sabba / The Witches’ Sabbath (1988) Marco Bellocchio, Béatrice Dalle, Daniel Ezralow, Corinne Touzet, Drama
The freshly graduated psychiatrist David shall deliver an opinion about young Maddalena, who’s on trial for murdering a hunter. She claims she’s a witch and acted on behalf of the devil. The public health officer tells David, he’s got reason to believe her, that she’d been searching for a man who suits her needs for 300 years. Already after his first meeting with Maddalena, David begins to change: He ignores his beautiful young wife Cristina and loses himself in daydreams and hallucinations in which he participates in Inquisition questioning and erotic witches’ circles.
A rowdy woman is so forceful that she outdoes her husband in a loud cry against speculators who refuse poor people entrance to a block of new apartments, built after WW2. Without noticing it, she starts a people’s movement, and leads a march to the capital. She returns to her village a winner, an honourable MP. Yet, she is still the same simple, fiery woman, able to get in a hair-pulling brawl with the local barmaid for the affection of her man.
Il mestiere delle armi / The Profession of Arms (2001) Ermanno Olmi, Christo Jivkov, Sergio Grammatico, Dimitar Ratchkov, Drama, History, War
The history of the first victim of modern artillery and its moving agony, amidst conspiracies and betrayals of the powerful. Life and death of Giovanni De’ Medici, a young brave captain in the war of Charles V against the Pope, in the first half of 1500.
Violent Province / Provincia violenta (1978) Mario Bianchi, Calogero Caruana, Antonella Dogan, Alicia Leoni, Crime, Thriller
Franco Sereni, a captain of carabiniers, is dismissed from service for being the proponent of “the law of the gun”. He is asked to hold a private investigation of several cases of blackmailing wealthy women. Soon Sereni finds out that there is much more then just blackmailing.
L’assassin habite… au 21 / The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (1942) Henri-Georges Clouzot, Pierre Fresnay, Suzy Delair, Jean Tissier, Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Dapper Inspector Vorobechik (‘Wens’ for short) is assigned the case of a serial killer who leaves a calling card on his victims; Monsieur Durand. Wens’ mistress, struggling actress Mila Malou, determines to get publicity for herself by helping him. Learning that Durand is one of the eccentric tenants of a boarding house at No. 21 Avenue Junot, Wens takes a room in the guise of a Protestant minister; only to be followed by Mila who hardly seems like a minister’s wife!
La ragazza di Trieste / The Girl from Trieste (1982) Pasquale Festa Campanile, Ben Gazzara, Ornella Muti, Mimsy Farmer, Drama, Thriller
An aging artist sees a beautiful young woman drowning near the beach and helps her. They become lovers. At first he is smitten by her youth, beauty and free spirit but soon he starts worrying that she might actually be insane.
Fantasmi a Roma / Ghosts of Rome (1961) Antonio Pietrangeli, Marcello Mastroianni, Belinda Lee, Sandra Milo, Comedy, Fantasy
In this seldom seen Italian fantasy classic, Marcello Mastroianni plays duel roles: First, as the young inheritor of his ancestral estate and second as the ghost of the young man’s recently dead uncle…