Tag Archives: Italy

Ecce bombo (1978) Nanni Moretti

Ecce bombo (1978)
This non-narrative, sketch-based film is a non-stop feast of antic and black humor. The sketches are framed within the context of a Roman student’s school year, which is disrupted by political and amorous misadventures. The title Ecce Bombo means “Behold the Bumblebee” and spoofs both the ancient biblical phrase (in English, “behold the man”) and the then-current wave of terrorism and bombings.

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Libera, amore mio! / Libera, My Love (1975) Mauro Bolognini

Libera, amore mio... (1975)
Director Mauro Bolognini inserts this story in Fascist Italy, with careful attention to details. The couple formed by Matteo Zannoni (Bruno Cirino) and Libera Valente (Cardinale) can’t bear fascism. They move constantly between cities, settling down in Modena, where Libera quickly collides with the fascist political commissar Franco Testa (Philippe Leroy). Libera has to suffer awful moments due to her attachment to the resistance, and to the political and sexual harassment from Testa.

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Le cri du hibou / The Cry of the Owl (1987) Claude Chabrol, Christophe Malavoy, Mathilda May, Jacques Penot, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Le cri du hibou (1987)
Robert is an architect and artist, in Vichy after separating from his Parisian wife, Véronique, herself newly engaged. Robert finds it calms him to stand in the shadows of the home of Juliette and Patrick and watch her cook. She thinks he’s a prowler and confronts him, then invites him in. Soon, she’s dumped Patrick, decided she’s in love with this stranger, and pursues him. Robert’s diffident, Patrick is furious, and violence follows. The police are incompetent, Véronique sees an opportunity to play revenge games, and the impressionable Juliette is ensnared by thoughts of death. Can anyone exercise reason?

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Le monte-charge / Paris Pick-Up (1962) Marcel Bluwal, Robert Hossein, Lea Massari, Robert Dalban, Drama

Le monte-charge (1962)
The action takes place in an old house ,the first floor of which is a big workshop. A dark , threatening house,where a service elevator (monte-charge) leads to the flat. Marthe takes Robert to her home for a drink;he puts a small bird he bought on the Xmas tree,and they go for a stroll in the streets; when they come back,there’s a dead body in the room (the hubby) and most extraordinary thing,the bird has disappeared.

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In Prison Awaiting Trial / Detenuto in attesa di giudizio (1971) Nanni Loy, Alberto Sordi, Elga Andersen, Andrea Aureli, Comedy, Drama

In Prison Awaiting Trial (1971)
Giuseppe Di Noi, an Italian land surveyor who has lived in Sweden for the past seven years, goes to his native country with his Swedish wife and children for his holidays. At the border he is however jailed for no apparent reason. He thus begins a nightmarish kafkian experience while he’s moved from one prison to another, subject to any humiliation and violence.

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