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
A kaleidoscopic look at the last day of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1975.
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
Tinto Brass Presents Erotic Short Stories 4: Improper Liaisons
The undisputed King of Erotica lends his name to three of the sexiest short stories imaginable. Directed in the Tinto Brass style by some of the most talented new Italian directors working today, Tinto Brass has produced the films as well as featuring in his Trademark cameo appearances.
DREAM 29 mins
Directed by: Nicolai PENNESTRI Starring: Yulia Mayarchuk, Mauro Lorenz
A beautiful woman falls asleep on an isolated beach and starts dreaming about bizarre meetings: with a truck driver and a courier. Dreams then mix with reality. Continue reading
In 1938 Berlin, Gudrun Landgrebe, wife of Nazi functionary Kevin McNally, begins taking art lessons. She makes the acquaintance of another student, Japanese ambassador’s daughter Mio Takaki. Soon afterwards, the two women begin a passionate lesbian affair. This leads to a chain reaction of disaster and tragedy, culminating with the inevitable intervention of the Gestapo. Despite the film’s galloping sexual passions, The Berlin Affair is an exercise in aloofness, keeping the characters at arm’s length-surprising, considering that the director was Liliana Cavani, auteur of the erotic classic The Night Porter (1974). The film was based on The Buddhist Cross, a novel by Junichiro Tanizaki. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Continue reading
In Allonsanfan, the director/brother team of Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani weave a witty and occasionally melancholic tale of 19th century radicalism in Italy. Marcello Mastroianni stars as Fulvio, a middle-aged man swept up in a extremist political movement. The more he protests that he wants no part of politics, the deeper he becomes enmeshed in the Cause. This film might make an intriguing companion piece to the earlier Mastroianni film The Organizer (63), in which he portrays one of the very radical types that his character in Allonsanfan so zealously repudiates. The title refers to the phonetic spelling of “Alons enfants,” the first two words of the French “Marseillaise”. Continue reading
In the 9th Century, two Viking children, separated since their early childhood with one raised by the British and the other by Vikings, meet after nearly 20 years as rivals as war breaks out between Britian and the Vikings for control of England. Continue reading
VOYEUR 28 mins
Directed by: Roberto GANDUS Starring: Raffaella PONZO
A hotel employee betrays his position of authority to spy on
the rooms through networked screens and discovers extramarital
affairs with one of the hotel’s waitresses. Very, very sexy.
In Voyeur, a young couple checks into a hotel. They proceed to seduce the chambermaid, while the desk clerk watches over closed circuit. It is only when he goes home to his wife with a raging erection that we find out why he was so interested. The chambermaid is played by Raffaella Ponzo, who shows everything. Continue reading