Antonio La Quaglia, after three years of waiting, finally gets a job as stationmaster. Their destination: Piovarolo; a small town where only one train a day and always rains. As installed, you realize that this was not the season of his dreams and try everything possible to get a transfer.
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Five beautiful showgirls are trapped by a storm and find refuge in a creepy old castle. The owner of the castle, a strange nobleman, has a secret laboratory in the basement and has his own plans for the girls.
Director Mauro Bolognini inserts this story in Fascist Italy, with careful attention to details. The couple formed by Matteo Zannoni (Bruno Cirino) and Libera Valente (Cardinale) can’t bear fascism. They move constantly between cities, settling down in Modena, where Libera quickly collides with the fascist political commissar Franco Testa (Philippe Leroy). Libera has to suffer awful moments due to her attachment to the resistance, and to the political and sexual harassment from Testa.
Siamo uomini o caporali / Are We Men or Corporals? (1955) Camillo Mastrocinque, Totò, Paolo Stoppa, Fiorella Mari, Comedy
Il medico della mutua / Be Sick… It’s Free (1968) Luigi Zampa, Alberto Sordi, Sara Franchetti, Ida Galli, Comedy
Dr. Guido Tersilli had to give up and apply for mutual. Once inside, not having many economic means, it is very hard to get mutual patients. So he moved to the area of the city with fewer physicians mutual and, with the help of his mother and his girlfriend, gradually get done with patients …
The Black Hole (1979) Gary Nelson, Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Action, Adventure, Family
It is the year 2130 A.D. An Earth exploratory ship, the USS Palomino, discovers a black hole with a lost ship, the USS Cygnus, just outside its event horizon. Deciding to solve the mystery of the Cygnus are: the Palomino’s Captain, Dan Holland; his First Officer, Lieutenant Charlie Pizer; journalist Harry Booth; scientist and ESP-sensitive Dr. Kate McCrae, whose father was the Cygnus’s First Officer; Dr. Alex Durant, the expedition’s civilian leader; and the robot known as V.I.N.CENT. The Palomino attempts a dangerous fly-by of the darkened ship. As they come within close range of it, the buffeting they experience (due to the black hole’s gravity) suddenly ceases. They bring more instruments to bear on the derelict, but do not even realize the gravity-free zone is artificial; slipping outside it, they are almost drawn into the black hole, an abyss from which no one can escape. Matters worsen when Reinhardt holds the crew captive, after realizing that they can help him reach his goal.
Il magnifico cornuto / The Magnificent Cuckold (1964) Antonio Pietrangeli, Claudia Cardinale, Ugo Tognazzi, Bernard Blier, Comedy
A soap opera type of story about a successful businessman who has a beautiful, popular wife but still falls into an extramarital affair with a woman who is also married. This woman, Girardon, is so sharp at arranging her clandestine meetings that she start…
In Prison Awaiting Trial / Detenuto in attesa di giudizio (1971) Nanni Loy, Alberto Sordi, Elga Andersen, Andrea Aureli, Comedy, Drama
Giuseppe Di Noi, an Italian land surveyor who has lived in Sweden for the past seven years, goes to his native country with his Swedish wife and children for his holidays. At the border he is however jailed for no apparent reason. He thus begins a nightmarish kafkian experience while he’s moved from one prison to another, subject to any humiliation and violence.
Sessomatto / How Funny Can Sex Be? (1973) Dino Risi, Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Alberto Lionello, Comedy
La sfida / The Challenge (1958) Francesco Rosi, Rosanna Schiaffino, José Suárez, Nino Vingelli, Drama
Vito Polara is a young ambitious man from the slums of Naples, who wants to get as much power and money as possible. He decides to quit smuggling cigarettes and tries to take over the local fruit and vegetable distribution, which is considered more profitable. After challenging the rural crime boss of the local Camorra, Vito becomes part of his gang and soon his life changes. He moves to a new luxurious seaside apartment and plans to start a family with the beautiful Assunta. At their wedding party, however, and later on, he’s about to see who the real boss is.