Tag Archives: Italy
The Indian Tomb / Das indische Grabmal (1959) Fritz Lang, Debra Paget, Paul Hubschmid, Walther Reyer, Adventure, Romance
Harald Berger and his Indian lover, the temple dancer Seetha, desperately flee from the shikaris (cavalry) of Eschanapur’s maharajah Chandra, who burn a whole village just for letting them pass invoking traditional hospitality. A spider weaves a web so the trackers won’t look for them in a Shiva temple, but she is caught outside, he left for dead after a steep fall into a crocodile-infested water.
Due soldi di speranza / Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952) Renato Castellani, Maria Fiore, Vincenzo Musolino, Filomena Russo, Comedy, Romance
Antonio is the sole support of her large family. Carmela wants to marry, but has no money and, moreover, has to try to collect a dowry for his sister. In such circumstances, it will be forced to work in many different trades.
Le collier perdu de la colombe / The Dove’s Lost Necklace (1991) Nacer Khemir, Navin Chowdhry, Walid Arakji, Ninar Esber, Drama
The story revolves around Hassan, who is studying Arabic calligraphy from a grand master. Coming across a fragment of manuscript, Hassan goes in search of the missing pieces, believing that once he finds them, he will learn the secrets of love. With the help of Zin, a lovers’ go-between, he meets the beautiful Aziz, Princess of Samarkand. After encountering wars, a battle between false prophets and an ancient curse, he learns that an entire lifetime would not suffice for him to learn the many dimensions of love.
Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the ’70s (2012) Mike Malloy, Franco Nero, John Saxon, Henry Silva, Documentary, Action, Crime
A documentary concerning the violent Italian ‘poliziotteschi’ cinematic movement of the 1970s which, at first glance, seem to be rip-offs of American crime films like DIRTY HARRY or THE GODFATHER, but which really address Italian issues like the Sicilian Mafia and red terrorism. Perhaps even more interesting than the films themselves were the rushed methods of production (stars performing their own stunts, stealing shots, no live sound) and the bleed-over between real-life crime and movie crime.
La vita provvisoria / The provisional life (1963) Enzo Battaglia, Vincenzo Gamna, Yves Barsacq, Maria Antonietta Beluzzi, Philippe Camus, Drama, Comedy
“The provisional life” consists of a series of eight episodes entrusted to young authors, describing the conflict between a world now projected towards modernity and a minute humanity which struggles to keep up with the times.
Saint-Tropez Blues (1961) Marcel Moussy, Marie Laforêt, Jacques Higelin, Pierre Michaël, Comedy, Drama
Anne-Marie goes south with her childhood friend Jean-Paul instead of hitting the books at home. The friends join up with artist-types in Saint Tropez, and though the ambiance is carefree and casual, Anne-Marie manages to survive the hijinks and the ardor of would-be admirers. In the end, she starts to fall for one man in particular.
Pierrot le fou / Pierrot Goes Wild (1965) Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Graziella Galvani, Crime, Drama, Romance
Ferdinand Griffon is married with his wealthy Italian wife and has been recently fired from the television station where he worked. His wife forces him to go to a party in the house of her influential father that wants to introduce Ferdinand to a potential employer. Her brother brings the babysitter Marianne Renoir to take care of their children.
Miseria e nobiltà / Poverty and Nobility (1954) Mario Mattoli, Totò, Enzo Turco, Dolores Palumbo, Comedy
“Miseria e Nobiltà” tells the story of the humble families of Felice Pasquale and his colleague who are hired by a Marquis who wants to marry the daughter of a rich but simple cook, So they pose as aristocrats.
Alberto Nardi (Alberto Sordi) is a Roman businessman who fancies himself a man of great capabilities, but whose factory (producing lifts and elevators) teeters perennially on the brink of catastrophe. Alberto is married to a rich and successful businesswoman from Milan, Elvira Almiraghi (Franca Valeri) who has a no-nonsense attitude and barely tolerates the attempts of her husband to keep his factory afloat with her money.