Tag Archives: Italy

Non c’è pace tra gli ulivi / Under the Olive Tree (1950) Giuseppe De Santis, Raf Vallone, Lucia Bosé, Folco Lulli, Drama

Non c'e pace tra gli ulivi (1950)
Raf Vallone plays Francesco Dominici, a shepherd and war veteran who returns home to find that his flock of sheep have been stolen by the area thuggish big-shot landlord Agostino Bonfiglio. Francesco decides to steal back what is rightfully his, and winds up in jail, through a series of manipulations and witness bribes by Agostino, who claims the sheep were always his. To make matters worse, when Francesco is in prison, Agostino manages to also steal Francesco’s girl Lucia (Lucia Bosé). When Agostino escapes from, he attempts to exact revenge on Agostino.

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L’isola di Arturo / Arturo’s Island (1962) Damiano Damiani, Vanni De Maigret, Key Meersman, Reginald Kernan, Drama

L'isola di Arturo (1962)
Arturo is a teenage boy who lives alone on an island. His mother died when he was born, and his father is always away. From time to time, Arturo’s father comes to see him, but only too soon leaves him again. He seems not to appreciate his son at all, but, nevertheless, Arturo adores his father. One day, Arturo’s father arrives with his second wife, Nunciata, a seventeen-year-old girl with whom Arturo soon falls in love…

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La vita ricomincia / Life Begins Anew (1945) Mario Mattoli, Alida Valli, Fosco Giachetti, Eduardo De Filippo, Drama

La vita ricomincia (1945)
When former POW, Paolo, returns from India to his middle-class home in Rome at the end of the war, he is relieved to find his wife, Patrizia, and young son alive, managing to get by thanks to Patrizia’s business in lampshades. They also enjoy the moral support of the jovial, elderly Neapolitan widower, who is their new neighbour, Il professore. However disaster strikes when Patrizia commits a murder – her response to a mysterious man’s attempt to blackmail her to have sex with him. Paolo discovers that during his absence, in the face of their son’s desperate need for a life-saving operation, Patrizia prostituted herself once to the murdered man to raise the funds, a sequence revealed through a flashback sequence…

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Danger: Diabolik (1968) Mario Bava, John Phillip Law, Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli, Action, Comedy, Crime

Danger Diabolik (1968)
In psychedelic swinging 60s style, the dreaded thief (and killer) Diabolik wreaks havoc on a generic European country for his own financial gain and amusement. He shares an extravagant underground lair (and a giant bed of money) with his curvaceous, superficial girlfriend…who uses her awesome powers of wig-wearing to help Diabolik kill innocent people and steal billions from the government. Nonetheless, Diabolik is the “hero” of the film because he must face off against bumbling cops and revenge-seeking mafiosos.

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