Tinto Brass – Fermo posta Tinto Brass AKA P.O. Box Tinto Brass (1995)

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This film is a series of letters, photos and video cassettes which women often send in to certain newspapers. By visualizing their story-telling (the name given by the psychologists to their fantasies) the film portrays the confessions, the secret longings, the adventures, recollections, dreams, desires and fantasies of these women. It is an open secret that most women dream of forbidden affairs, secret lovers and hasty encounters but when it comes down to it they lack the courage to pursue their dreams. Continue reading

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Marco Bellocchio, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jean-Luc Godard, Carlo Lizzani, Pier Paolo Pasolini – Amore e rabbia aka Love and Anger (1969)

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Synopsis:
Love and Anger is a collection of five stories that are the handiwork of directors that have made names for themselves in decidedly different ways among the annals of foreign cinema. The heavy hitters of the time are all on board, including Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor, Partner), Marco Bellocchio (Devil in the Flesh), Carlo Lizzani (Requiescant), Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salo), and, a huge treat, the legendary Jean-Luc Godard (Band of Outsiders, Breathless). Most of these films are extremely surreal, but they all have political undertones. This actually works out quite well, as even if you aren’t familiar with the political climate in Italy and France during the 1960s, you can revel in these masters’ liberal use of inventive imagery, much of which never comes completely together in a standard narrative structure. The actors come from a pair of renowned theater groups: the Living Theater and Andy Warhol Factory, and include Julian Beck, who made his mark in Hollywood as the creepy preacher in Poltergeist II. Continue reading

Tinto Brass – Miranda [+Extra] (1985)

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In late World War II and shortly thereafter, the husband of Miranda Rostogni (Serena Grandi) is missing and presumed dead. She takes a string of lovers representing the seasons of the year: the elderly councilman Carlo (Franco Interlenghi) in Winter, young truck driver Berto (Andrea Occhipinti) in Spring, American pipeline worker Norman (Andy J. Forrest) in Summer and tavern worker Tony (Brass regular Franco Benciaroli) in the Autumn. She wildly expresses her attitude as a free spirit pursued by these four men (not to mention others), trying to decide whether to marry any of them. Continue reading

Tinto Brass – Monamour (2005)

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from xploitedcinema :
Tinto Brass’ latest film MONAMOUR is the love-story of a Venetian girl, Marta, and a Frenchman, Leon. The story takes place in Mantua, a city rich in cultural evocativeness and sensual stimuli from food, music, art, the frescoes of Giulio Romano. Marta the deluded wife of Dario, a writer, meets Leon and starts the habitual Brass lust-driven adventure. Stars Anna Jimskaia, Max Parodi, Riccardo Marino and Nela Lucic. Continue reading

Ermanno Olmi – Torneranno i prati AKA Greenery Will Bloom Again (2014)

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The winter of 1917, the North-East front, the final clashes of the Great War. An Italian stronghold situated at 1800 metres above sea level, on the Asiago plateau, described in the novels of Mario Rigoni Stern. It’s snowing everywhere; the Austrian trenches are so close that you can hear the enemy soldiers breathing.

A hundred years since the outbreak of World War I, maestro Ermanno Olmi describes with Torneranno i prati his vision of a conflict that cost the lives of 16 million human beings, just as it was brought back to him by the memory of his father, called to arms at 19 years of age, to find himself within the bloodbath of Carso and Piave. A drama that scarred his youth and the rest of his life, just like millions of others. Continue reading

Abel Ferrara – Pasolini (2014)

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A kaleidoscopic look at the last day of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1975.

synopsis

Abel Ferrara documents the final day in the life of Italian writer, director, and poet Pier Paolo Pasolini in this deeply reflective biopic starring Willem Dafoe. The year is 1975. The fiercely political Pasolini (Dafoe) is in the process of defending his latest film Salo, 120 Days of Sodom from the censors when he returns home to his mother’s house in Rome, and prepares to discuss his career in a candid interview. In the midst of all of this inspiration strikes, and Pasolini begins making preparations for his next film. Meanwhile, the director takes a handsome young hustler to a local beach for a late night tryst, never sensing the danger that dwells out there in the darkness until it’s already too late. Continue reading

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