Tag Archives: Italy

Clair de femme / Womanlight (1979) Costa-Gavras, Yves Montand, Romy Schneider, Romolo Valli, Drama

Clair de femme (1979)
Reciprocal consolation. The background of two middle-aged people (Michel and Lydia) is gradually unfolded. Michel’s wife is incurably ill. They had agreed that she would take her life on this day. All telephone cables were cut and Michel should leave France for months. But he goes forth and back between the airport and his home street. Once when opening the door of a taxi he destroys Lydia’s shopping carrier. They sit down in a café while he writes her a check. During this night they will part and meet again several times. Half a year ago Lydia’s husband had a car accident. Their daughter died and the husband got brain injury. His talk is incomprehensible. Tonight is his birthday. Lydia eventually takes Michel to the great feast that is almost over. In the morning they go to Michel’s apartment, where police and relatives are already present. Michel and Lydia had agreed to meet at Lydia’s apartment on the next morning. When he comes there, a foreign woman invites him in. Lydia soon …

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La cena delle beffe / The Jester’s Supper (1942) Alessandro Blasetti, Amedeo Nazzari, Osvaldo Valenti, Clara Calamai, Drama, Romance

La cena delle beffe (1942)
In times of Lorenzo the Magnificent, Neri and Giannetto, two young Florentine, maintain a bitter rivalry. In the center of contention are the favors of Ginevra, the beautiful courtesan who both contend with fierce knavery. After yet another mockery of Neri, cruel and humiliating Giannetto a trap and involved in a brawl, after which him arrested with the accusation of being clouded by dementia. With rival offstage, Giannetto addresses Ginevra’s house to celebrate it, confident that no one can stop him. Meanwhile, Neri, he chained in an underground dark, outraged by the guards and the crowd, it gnaws on hatred.

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Imputato alzatevi! (1939) Mario Mattoli, Erminio Macario, Leila Guarni, Ernesto Almirante, Comedy

Imputato alzatevi! (1939)
Cipriano Duval is a nurse and multiservice man in the pediatric clinic of his foster brother. He falls in love with a female colleague. So she is interested in him, he will pretend to be a Don Juan harassed by letters and attention of his fans. But his obsession adventurous one day become drama, coincidentally is the body of a dead woman and under various indications is accused of murder.

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Ninfa plebea / The Nymph (1996) Lina Wertmüller, Stefania Sandrelli, Raoul Bova, Lucia Cara, Drama, Romance

Ninfa plebea (1996)
In the World War II, in a small Italian village, Nunziata is an easy woman married with the cuckold tailor Gioacchino. Her teenage daughter Miluzza teases men with her clothes and gets men to lust after her. One day, Nunziata dies while having intercourse with an Italian Corporal at home, and Miluzza finds a job in the factory of the wealthy Don Peppe that rapes her. When Miluzza returns home, she learns that Gioacchino has died in the afternoon. Soon there are rumors that Miluzza had an affair with Don Peppe, but her grandfather protects her. Then Miluzza’s village is bombed, her grandpa dies and she moves to another town to live with a friend. When she finds the Italian soldier Pietro wounded in the leg in her house, Miluzza saves his life and helps him to return to his family. Pietro proposes to marry her, but her mother wants to prove that Miluzza is virgin before blessing the marriage of her son.

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Il federale / The Fascist (1961) Luciano Salce, Ugo Tognazzi, Georges Wilson, Gianrico Tedeschi, Comedy

Il federale (1961)
1944. Primo Arcovazzi a fanatic member of Brigate Nere (fascist organization) is in charge to bring an opponent to the regime, Prof. George Wilson, from Abruzzo to Roma. He accepted the mandate because of his wish to be upgraded to “Federale”. They travel by a sidecar trough the disastrous Italy, near to the final collapse, under bombings and in agony. Nevertheless the bad situation, they manage to build up a kind of friendship. Primo, even if the signals of final destruction are near, doesn’t lose his trust in the regime. The end is near.

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