Tag Archives: Italy

Totò e i re di Roma / Toto and the King of Rome (1951) Mario Monicelli, Steno, Totò, Aroldo Tieri, Alberto Sordi, Comedy, Drama

Toto e i re di Roma (1951)
Ercole Pappalardo (Totò), married, five daughters, lives with only dream to be upgraded from his current position in the post department. Everithing goes wrong, he accidentally spits on the minister’s face, he insults him trough a parrot (!), and finally they discover he has no titles to fit his current position. After all this tragicomic events he takes a definitive decision: he will die to communicate from the afterlife the lotto numbers to his wife!

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The Spy I Love / Coplan prend des risques (1964) Maurice Labro, Dominique Paturel, Virna Lisi, Jacques Balutin, Action, Drama

The Spy I Love (1964)
This is a low-to-the-ground espionage story shot in the style before James Bond made the splash heard ’round the world in Dr. No, even though it was made two years later. The simple story, about a stolen nuclear rocket propellant called the SR 712, is told in a nuts-and-bolts manner and the low key hero will barely register on those brought up on the larger than life Bond.

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Private Fears In Public Places / Coeurs (2006) Alain Resnais, Sabine Azéma, Isabelle Carré, Laura Morante, Drama, Romance

Private Fears In Public Places (2006)
Seven lonely lives in Paris: a middle-aged estate agent who thinks a colleague is sending messages in video tapes she loans him; his co-worker whose Bible is close at hand in times of stress; her late-night charge, who’s an angry, nasty bedridden old man; his son, a patient bartender; the bartender’s best patron, an ex-soldier who’s lost his moorings while his fiancée looks for a large flat for them; and, the estate agent’s much younger sister, who answers ads in the personal and waits in cafés with a red flower pinned on her jacket. Will any connect? Can open hearts trump fears?

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Amanti senza amore / Prelude to Madness (1948) Gianni Franciolini, Clara Calamai, Roldano Lupi, Maria Melvin, Drama

Amanti senza amore (1948)
Free film adaptation of the short story “The Kreutzer Sonata,” by Tolstoy, the film by Gianni Franciolini is the story of Elena (Clara Calamai), charming upper-middle class woman, who in a few months is conquered by the renowned doctor Piero Leonardi (Roldano Lupi) and marries him. Their union is made mostly of carnal passion, so much so that, when they both realize not to have anything in common, the marriage seems to collapse like a house of cards. The jealousy of Piero is fueled by the presence of a famous musician, Enrico Miller (Jean Servais), who awakes in Elena the love for art for a long time dormant …

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Man, Woman and Beast / L’uomo, la donna e la bestia – Spell (Dolce mattatoio) (1977) Alberto Cavallone, Maria Pia Luzi, Martial Boschero, Angela Doria, Drama, Erotic

Man, Woman and Beast (1977)
The film takes place in a humble Italian Catholic village where everyone is acquainted with each other but no one truly knows about the secret lives that they all live. The entire community is preparing for the annual religious festival. There’s the local butcher who covets the town’s young teenagers and then goes into the freezer and makes love to hanging beef carcasses. The teenage daughter who has sex with her father and becomes pregnant at her grandfather’s funeral. The communist drunkard who beats and rapes his wife. She lives through her dreams and fantasies or she’ll go crazy. The Christ-like stranger who does not have a name. The women fantasize about him. The children all adore him but he does not belong to the village. He always seems to be at the right place at the right time. And there’s a bizarre artist who clips out pictures of internal organs from medical journals and pastes them on magazine models with a completely insane wife who never speaks.

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Banditi a Orgosolo / Bandits of Orgosolo (1961) Vittorio De Seta, Michele Cossu, Peppeddu Cuccu, Vittorina Pisano, Drama

Banditi a Orgosolo (Vittorio De Seta, 1961)
In the harsh granite mountains of the center of the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea, an old people live at the town of Orgòsolo. Between the rocks and the oak woods, shepherds attend their flock of sheep like their fore fathers did since prehistoric times. So do Michele and his younger brother Peppeddu that own a few sheep and make a harsh but honest living selling pecorino cheese. One day arrive three bandits on the run with machine guns and stolen pigs that take a rest at Michele’s camp site. When the police arrives a day later, they run and kill a policemen in flight. Michele takes his sheep and escapes in the opposite direction and becomes a fugitive. Hunted by the police, while afraid to stand trial and leave his sheep poorly protected by his young brother, Michele decides to take Peppeddu and his flock over the mountains. Half way his sheep die of exhaustion and thirst, leaving the brothers without living so that nothing remains but returning to Orgòsolo.

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