Tag Archives: Italy
Pane, amore e gelosia / Frisky (1954) Luigi Comencini, Vittorio De Sica, Gina Lollobrigida, Marisa Merlini, Comedy, Romance
In a small Italian village, Maria De Ritis is engaged to army Lieutenant Pietro Stelluti. Stelluti’s superior officer, Marshal Antonio Carotenuto, is contemplating marriage to Annarella Mirziano, but he will be forced to resign if he marries Annarella, since she has an illegitimate child and that is against regulations for army officers. When Stelluti leaves town for a few weeks, the town-gossips create an affair out of the innocent relationship between Maria and Antonio. Stelluti returns and accuses Maria of infidelity, and, she, in reprisal, runs off and joins a traveling theatrical troupe as a dancer. Antonio, after convincing Annarella that he has not betrayed her love, encounters more trouble when the father of Annarella’s child shows up and asks that she and the child go away with him. Antonio tells Annarella that it is her decision to make, and she chooses the child’s father and leaves with him.
Jessica (1962) Jean Negulesco, Oreste Palella, Angie Dickinson, Maurice Chevalier, Noël-Noël, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Caltiki – il mostro immortale / Caltiki, the Immortal Monster (1959) Riccardo Freda, John Merivale, Didi Sullivan, Gérard Herter, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
Archaeologists investigating some Mayan ruins come across a blob-like monster. They manage to destroy it with fire, but keep a sample. Meanwhile, a comet is due to pass close to the Earth – the same comet passed near the Earth at the time the Mayan civilization mysteriously collapsed. Coincidence?
Il grande silenzio / The Great Silence (1968) Sergio Corbucci, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, Frank Wolff, Western
Bounty killers led by Loco prey on outlaws hiding out in the snowbound Utahn mountains. After Pauline’s husband becomes Loco’s latest victim, she hires a gunman for revenge; Silence, mute since his throat was cut when he was a boy.
3 notti d’amore / Three Nights of Love (1964) Renato Castellani, Luigi Comencini, Catherine Spaak, John Phillip Law, Renato Salvatori, Comedy, Drama
In nome del popolo italiano / In the Name of the Italian People (1971) Dino Risi, Ugo Tognazzi, Vittorio Gassman, Ely Galleani, Comedy, Mystery
An obscure Italian magistrate suspects that a well-known industrialist commited murder, and decides to investigate him, and bring him to court, whatever it takes. But – will the magistrate have it in him to go against impossible odds, in the name of the Italian people he represents?
Al Primo Soffio di Vento / At the First Breath of Wind (2002) Franco Piavoli, Primo Gaburri, Mariella Fabbris, Ida Carnevali, Drama
Tells the tale of an August day in the Lombardy countrysides. A family, idle and preoccupied, sits around a table after a summer lunch. Each then proceeds with their afternoon alone. They read, run to the river, play the piano, think: a reflection on the state of solitude in which the modern man finds himself.
Signé: Arsène Lupin / Signed, Arsene Lupin (1959) Yves Robert, Robert Lamoureux, Alida Valli, Jacques Dufilho, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
1919: le lieutenant André Laroche est en convalescence pour une blessure qu’il a essuyée alors qu’il était aviateur pendant la guerre mondiale. A l’hôpital, il fit la connaissance de la belle Aurélia Valéano, une roumaine, et entre les deux une sympathie naît. Puisqu’il estime d’être guéri, André s’en va et La Ballu arrive à le convaincre à reprendre son ancienne profession. Laroche, en effet, est le célèbre Arsène Lupin. Mais Lupin est utilisé par La Ballu et il se retrouve impliqué malgré lui dans la recherche du trésor de l’ordre de la toison d’or, disputé entre France et Empire austro-hongrois.