Roberto Rossellini – L’Uomo dalla croce aka The Man with the Cross (1943)

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An extremely rare film by Roberto Rossellini, his third feature, made under the Fascist control of Italy. Basically rejected after the War because of the Fascist content of the film, “Rossellini produces a work which focuses upon the Italian expeditionary forces on the Eastern Front and upon a Catholic chaplain representative of Italy’s religious majority…the principal character’s humanity and sacrifice seem to prefigure the good-natured priest of Rome, Open City who works with leftist Resistance leaders…Rossellini underlines the common humanity in Fascist and Bolshevik alike” (Peter Bonadella, Italian Cinema from Neo-Realism to Present). Read More »

Jacqueline Reich & Piero Garofalo – Re-viewing Fascism: Italian Cinema, 1922-1943 (2002)

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* Publisher: Indiana University Press
* Number Of Pages: 400
* Publication Date: 2002-04-14
* ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0253215188
* ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780253215185
* Binding: Paperback

Review

“Each essay makes a point of correcting misconceptions about the cinema during the ventennio [the period of fascist rule], which makes this book a significant contribution to the literature.” — S. Vander Closter, Rhode Island School of Design, Choice, December 2002 Read More »

Vittorio De Sica – Un Garibaldino al convento AKA A Garibaldian in the Convent (1942)

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Summary:
An old woman’s poignant reminiscence of her youth in a convent school, the happy moments and the sad, and her tragic love for a Garibaldian. Read More »

Roberto Rossellini – L’Amore (1948)

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Two related vignettes which deliberate on the nature of human love and emotional attachment, both starring Magnani in the key role. In ‘The Miracle,’ a suggestible, innocent young mother-to-be deeply believes that her child was divinely conceived. A woman adjusts to her newfound solitude after her lover leaves in ‘The Human Voice,’ based on the one-act play by Jean Cocteau. The film is an homage to the great Anna Magnani, Roberto Rossellini’s two-part film features the Italian actress in Cocteau’s one-act play “The Human Voice,” in which she speaks to an unseen lover on the phone, and the controversial “The Miracle,” which casts her as a peasant who believes she has given birth to the new Messiah.
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Franco Zeffirelli – The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

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Quote:
Liz and Dick (a.k.a. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) almost seemed to be importing the psychodramas of their marriage into this 1967 film (of course, the same was true of every film they made together). Adapted from Shakespeare’s play and directed by Franco Zeffirelli (Romeo and Juliet) with his usual eye for sumptuousness, this version of Taming features a particularly boisterous, bawdy, fun performance by its stars. Composer Nino Rota–best known for scoring several of Fellini’s best-known works–received a National Board of Reviews award for his vivid soundtrack. –Tom Keogh Read More »

Jacques Tati – Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot AKA Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday [Director’s Cut, Restored] (1953)

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Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday was the film that brought Tati international acclaim. It also launched his on-screen alter ego, the courteous, well-meaning, eternally accident-prone Monsieur Hulot, with whom Tati would from now on be inseparably associated. Chaos ensues when a sleepy French coastal resort is invaded by holidaymakers in energetic pursuit of fun. As the prologue to this comedy warns us, there is little plot, but instead a seamless succession of gently mocking studies in human absurdity. (BFI) Read More »

Amleto Palermi – Carnevalesca (1918)

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Carnevalesca with the beautiful Lydia Borelli is divided in to 4 parts, the white carnival, the innocent and pure childhood, the blue carnival love & youth, the red carnival the violent and destructive passion, the black carnival, death and madness. Read More »