Dino Risi

Dino Risi – Pane, amore e… aka Scandal in Sorrento (1955)

In this Italian romantic comedy set in the town of Sorrento, on the beautiful Bay of Naples, a woman rents a home from a dashing womanizer. Unfortunately, after 30 years away, the man returns to become the town police chief and wants to reclaim his home. The woman refuses to leave. The man then attempts to use his many charms. The ploy works and the woman agrees to dump her fiancé and marry him instead. When the womanizer realizes what she is about to do, he jilts her instead and decides to woo his own landlady instead. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide Read More »

Dino Risi – Il viale della speranza (1953)

Synopsis:
Here is Dino Risi’s second feature film as a director. A film centered around the infatuation with the film industry at the time, and the story of three young women trying to find love and stardom in Cinecitta. Marcello Mastroianni is a cameraman and love interest on the lot. Read More »

Dino Risi – Belle ma povere AKA Pretty But Poor (1957)

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Made right after the great success of Risi’s own Poveri ma belli, and released later the same year, here are the further adventures of Romolo, Salvatore and Giovanna. Read More »

Dino Risi – Sessomatto AKA How Funny Can Sex Be? (1973)

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Synopsis:

Sessomatto, or Crazy Love, or How Funny Can Sex Be? is a series of nine short sketches, all of them starring Giancarlo Giannini, and eight of the nine starring Laura Antonelli. They are:

Signora Sono Le Otto. A woman’s butler is in love with her.

Due Cuori E Una Baracca. (Two Hearts and a Shack.) A couple with a bunch of kids live in a shack and fight a lot.

Non E’ Mai Troppo Tardi. (Never Too Late.) A man with a beautiful wife prefers old women.

Viaggio di Nazzi. (Honeymoon.) A man gets aroused on public transportation, but not in bed. His wife finally suggests the hotel elevator. Read More »

Dino Risi – In nome del popolo italiano AKA In the Name of the Italian People (1971)

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Synopsis:
Set in Rome and its surroundings, the film tells in a frighteningly realistic, ruthless and grotesque the evil of two powerful men of Italy in the seventies: a Director of illegal buildings (Vittorio Gassman), extremist fascist, and an upright judge, cynical looking in part to the Italian law (Ugo Tognazzi). Both can not stand each other, given the contrasts between the two men in any social, political and philosophical. Everyone hates each other and would like to delete it, but just because of the bad example that the two men give power to the people, many Italians are adversely affected because of cheating and rudeness of the fascist manufacturer and the communist magistrate. The director Dino Risi underlines the misdeeds and the weakness of the Italian people to react accordingly, by focusing on the story of these two men who are each other’s opposite of the net. Read More »

Dino Risi – Anima Persa AKA Lost Soul AKA The Forbidden Room (1977)

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When the young would-be artist Tino arrives in Venice to live at the house of his uncle while he studies art, he soon discovers that his Austrian/Venetian uncle’s house is packed with mystery — there are abandoned rooms from which strange sounds emanate. Eventually, he is told that his uncle’s insane brother is being kept in rooms on the top floor, and only Uncle Fabio (who is seldom home) is permitted to visit them. However, youth and curiosity impel him onward to even more discoveries. Read More »

Dino Risi – Sesso e volentieri (1982)

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SESSO e VOLENTIERI (1982) – Director Dino Risi helmed this late-model Italian-language episodic erotic comedy. The main point of interest in this one is the incredible cast of Eurosploitation starlets in various stages of undress. Laura Antonelli, Gloria Guida and Margaret Lee all shine in each of their episodes. Fans of all three leading ladies will want to check this film out for the obvious eye candy factor! Read More »