Tag Archives: italian

La sfida / The Challenge (1958) Francesco Rosi, Rosanna Schiaffino, José Suárez, Nino Vingelli, Drama

La sfida (1957)
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.
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Madamigella di Maupin (1966) Mauro Bolognini, Catherine Spaak, Robert Hossein, Tomas Milian, Action, Adventure, Romance

Madamigella di Maupin (1966)
Mlle de Maupin escapes from her uncle’s castle, invaded by Hungarian troops, under the guise of a clergyman named Theodore. An army recruiter forces Theodore to enlist in the King’s army, and not even the religious robe is an insurance against it. Theodore is assigned to be aide-de-camp to Alcibiade, a man as virile in combat, as he seems troubled for the figure of his aid… D’Albert, an aristocrat, will expose Theodore’s true sex, and after a number of confusing, comedy situations, Alcibiade will appease his troubled feelings.
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Un turco napoletano / Neapolitan Turk (1953) Mario Mattoli, Totò, Ignazio Balsamo, Isa Barzizza, Comedy

Un turco napoletano (1953)
Cocheletti deputy promised to send Don Pasquale, ripe, rich, and fruit and vegetable merchant Sorrento, overzealous husband of the beautiful Giuletta, a professor at home, a Turkish eunuch, to keep watch and safeguard the virtues of his wife and his young daughter. But things change, and Felice Sciosciammocca, a womanizer who just escaped from prison, is changed with the Turkish eunuch, appearing in the house of Don Pasquale, which lets you enter the bedroom of his wife and daughter …
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Il Posto (1961) Ermanno Olmi, Sandro Panseri, Loredana Detto, Tullio Kezich, Drama

Il Posto (1961)
Domenico and Antonietta are two suburban Italian youths who meet while seeking “a job for life” from a big city corporation. After a bizarre screening process made up of written exams, physical agility exercises, and interview questions such as “Do you drink to forget your troubles?” (Domenico and Antonietta are no older than 17 or 18), they land jobs in the “Technical Division” and “Typing Services” respectively. From there, Domenico works as an underutilized errand boy until a clerk position is vacated by the death of an older employee. Domenico finally takes his place in a room of 12 other clerks with a manager overseeing them from a desk at the head of the room. The film ends as Domenico ponders his fate, from behind his tiny desk at the back of the small windowless room, listening to the sound of the mimeograph machine as it runs off carbon copies next to the manager’s desk.
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Buongiorno, notte / Good Morning, Night (2003) Marco Bellocchio, Maya Sansa, Luigi Lo Cascio, Roberto Herlitzka, Drama

Buongiorno, notte (2003)
The movie is based on a true story. On 16 March 1978 Aldo Moro, the former Italian Prime Minister was kidnapped in Via Fani by the Brigate Rosse (Red Brigades), a militant Communist Italian group. He was the main supporter of the Compromesso Storico (Hystorical Compromise), which had to lead to the first Italian government supported by both the Christian Democrats and the Communists, in a period of social, economic and political crises. During the attack his five escort agents were all killed. Moro’s corpse was found on 9 May 1978 in a car parked in a street between the headquarters of the Christian Democrat Party and the Communist Party. This movie is inspired by this tragic event which traumatize the whole nation. It focuses mainly on the relationship between the prisoner and his guards through the eyes of Chiara, the young woman whose role is to guard the prisoner. The movie portraits Chiara’s life (her job as a librarian, the ordinary household) on one side and the political …
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