Renato Castellani

Renato Castellani – Questi fantasmi AKA Ghosts – Italian Style (1967)

Plot:
Questi fantasmi is based on what was a very popular play by Eduardo De Filippo. In fact, so popular that it was filmed three times during the ’50s and ’60s. The version uploaded here was the latter of these three adaptations, directed by Renato Castellani, and starring Vittorio Gassman and Sophia Loren in the principal parts of the married couple, who moves into a house that may or may not be haunted. Its “classic” pedigree notwithstanding, the film feels very much like a ’60s production, and it is not Castellani’s best work, even if the charming performances by Gassman and (especially) Loren manage to keep things interesting. Possibly best of all is the opening sequence depicting the moment the two fall in love on a rooftop. over a cup of coffee, so to speak. Read More »

Renato Castellani – Due soldi di speranza AKA Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952)

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Synopsis:
The story concerns the romance between Carmela and Antonio. Faced with the hostility of their parents, they symbolically shed themselves of all responsibilities to others in a climactic act of stark-naked bravado.
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Renato Castellani – Due soldi di speranza AKA Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952)

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Synopsis:
The story concerns the romance between Carmela and Antonio. Faced with the hostility of their parents, they symbolically shed themselves of all responsibilities to others in a climactic act of stark-naked bravado. Read More »

Renato Castellani, Marco Ferreri, Franco Rossi – Controsesso (1964)

Synopsis:
The Italians continue their penchant for gang-directed features in this sexploitation comedy. Part one is entitled “Cocaine On Sunday” in which a husband (Nino Manfredi) and wife (Annamaria Ferrero) start snorting the stuff after the friend who owned the bottle is arrested. In part two, Ugo Tognazzi plays a professor who feels he is becoming too much like his elderly maiden aunts. In the final episode, a businesswoman agrees to meet a street musician, but he is frustrated when she is delayed by her vocational priorities. ~ Dan Pavlides, All Movie Guide Read More »

Renato Castellani – Due soldi di speranza AKA Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952)

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The film is the third in director Castellani’s “young love” trilogy (the first two being Sotto il sole di Roma and E Primavera). The story concerns the romance between Carmela (Fiore) and Antonio (Musolino). The ardor is one-sided at first, but Carmela is a determined young woman, willing to scale and conquer any obstacle in pursuing her heart’s desire. Once he’s “hooked,” Antonio scurries from job to job to prove his financial viability. Faced with the hostility of their parents, Carmela and Antonio symbolically shed themselves of all responsibilities to others in a climactic act of stark-naked bravado.

The movie shared the Grand Prix prize with the film Othello at the Cannes Film Festival in 1952. Read More »