Tag Archives: Italy

Il conformista / The Conformist (1970) Bernardo Bertolucci, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Drama

Il conformista (1970)
This story opens in 1938 in Rome, where Marcello has just taken a job working for Mussollini and is courting a beautiful young woman who will make him even more of a conformist. Marcello is going to Paris on his honeymoon and his bosses have an assignment for him there. Look up an old professor who fled Italy when the fascists came into power. At the border of Italy and France, where Marcello and his bride have to change trains, his bosses give him a gun with a silencer. In a flashback to 1917, we learn why sex and violence are linked in Marcello’s mind.

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The Five Man Army / Un esercito di 5 uomini (1969) Don Taylor, Italo Zingarelli, Bud Spencer, Peter Graves, James Daly, Western, Adventure, Action

The Five Man Army
Five Man Army can best be described as a marked-down Magnificent Seven. Peter Graves, James Daly, Bud Spencer, Testuro Tamba and Nino Castelnuovo play the quintet of the title. Caught in the middle of the 1914 Mexican Revolution, the five men pool their individual skills in hopes of incapacitating the enemy. With Mission: Impossible star Graves in the lead, it’s only natural that the plan involves the “impossible” task of relieving a nasty general of a large gold shipment. Set in Mexico but filmed in Italy, this spaghetti western was bankrolled by MGM, the same folks who brought you the popular The Dirty Dozen and who were undoubtedly hoping that lightning would strike twice.

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Gosford Park (2001) Robert Altman, Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Gambon, Drama, Mystery, Comedy

Gosford Park (2001)
Maverick American filmmaker Robert Altman takes a witty and absorbing look at the foibles of the British class system in this intelligent murder mystery set in the early ’30s. Sir William McCordle (Michael Gambon) and his wife Lady Sylvia (Kristin Scott Thomas) are a pair of wealthy British socialites who have invited a variety of friends, relatives, and acquaintances to their mansion in the country for a weekend of hunting and relaxation…

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Barbarella (1968) Roger Vadim, Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Barbarella (1968)
In the year 40,000, voluptuous astronaut Barbarella lands on the icy planet Lythion and sets out to find renowned scientist Durand Durand in the City of Night, Sogo, where a new sin is invented every hour. There, she encounters such objects as the Excessive Machine, a genuine sex organ on which an expert artist of the keyboard, in this case, Durand Durand himself, can drive a victim to death by pleasure, a lesbian queen who can make her fantasies take form in her Chamber of Dreams, and a group of ladies smoking a giant hookah which, through a poor victim struggling in its glass globe, dispenses Essence of Man. You can not help but be impressed by the special effects crew and the various ways that were found to tear off what minimal clothes our heroine seemed to possess.

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