Tag Archives: Italy
Il trono di fuoco / The Bloody Judge (1970) Jesús Franco, Christopher Lee, Maria Schell, Leo Genn, Biography, Horror
An architect travels to the remote city of Eschnapur to oversee some work being done at the bequest of the local Maharajah. Along the way the architect meets and falls in love with a beautiful temple-dancer. The Maharajah also loves this dancer and plans to marry her despite fierce opposition from factions within his own court. The dancer responds to the architect’s advances and they flee from Eschnapur but are captured by the Maharajah’s soldiers. To save the architect’s life, the dancer agrees to marry the Maharajah. This sparks a revolt which is eventually put down. The sadder but wiser Maharajah then allows the architect and the dancer to leave his domain.
La bonne / The Corruption (1986) Salvatore Samperi, Florence Guérin, Trine Michelsen, Cyrus Elias, Benito Artesi, Drama, Romance, Erotic
Appointment in Black / Appuntamento in nero (1990) Antonio Bonifacio, Mirella Banti, Andy J. Forest, Mary Lindstrom, Thriller
Gianni is a political man with a good career waiting for him. Angela is his wife and she fakes an assault and a rape in a cinema. Eva is Gianni’s lover and Angela’s friend. Gianni and Eva decide to use the pretext of the assault to kill Angela. Later on Angela is blackmailed by a man who was present at her act. In the background there are Rosy, her maid always present, and a puzzling man who appears and disappears and makes strange phone calls.
Two Days One Night / Deux jours, une nuit (2014) Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée, Drama
Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.
Lust / Quando l’amore è oscenità (1980) Renato Polselli, Isarco Ravaioli, Mirella Rossi, Dino Strano, Drama, Erotic
This masterpiece directed by Renato Polselli (aka Ralph Brown) was made in 1973, but censors deemed it to demeaning towards women. The films dialog was changed, and not released until 1979, the film now seemed to take a different approach, now aimed at masculine perversions. The film presents an array of nasty stuff like, intercourse with a tree branch, candle masturbation, whipping, orgies, toe masturbation, and a woman screwing around with a real corn cob.
Seven Days… Seven Nights / Moderato cantabile (1960) Peter Brook, Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Pascale de Boysson, Drama
In this drama, an industrialist’s wife finds herself bored by her opulent existence. One day, while she waits for her son to finish his music lesson, she hears a woman scream at a nearby bistro. She then sees a man being hauled away from a woman’s body. Her curiosity piqued, she becomes a regular at the cafe. There she meets one of her husband’s workers. Over drinks, they talk about the murder. As they converse, the worker realizes that the woman herself wants to die, and he abandons her.