Tag Archives: Italian

Franco Brocani – Sulla poesia AKA On Poetry (1984)

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An essay on contemporary Italian poetry with the works of Dario Bellezza and Amelia Rosselli. Read More »

Franco Brocani – Due o tre cose: a proposito di W. Hayter (1968)

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An art documentary portraying Stanley William Hayter – considered the inventor of modern incision – at work in his Paris studio. At the Hayter’s Atelier 17 have studied, since the early ’30s, Brauner, Calder, Max Ernst, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Miro, Matta, Picasso, Chagall.

In addition to a tribute to a great artist, the short film wants to be an interpretative proposal of cinema and engraving as particularly related techniques. Read More »

Mario Soldati & Carlo Borghesio – Due milioni per un sorriso (1939)

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Giacomo Perotti, who made his fortune in America, returns to Italy rich and wealthy. He wants, above all else, to find the woman who in his youth one day smiled at him, making him fall in love.
This nostalgic and utopian dream is the chance for a shady entrepreneur to persuade him to finance a film in memory of the episode of his distant youth.
Perotti accidentally meets a young professor who strangely resembles a lot to him when he was young and puts him in charge of the artistic direction of the film. During the casting for the leading actress, the young professor meets a typist, falls in love with her, and would like to make her the star of the film.
But the shady producer has in mind another actress… Read More »

Ermanno Olmi – Il posto (1961)

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When young Domenico (Sandro Panseri) ventures from the small village of Meda to Milan in search of employment, he finds himself on the bottom rung of the bureaucratic ladder in a huge, faceless company. The prospects are daunting, but Domenico finds reason for hope in the fetching Antonietta (Loredana Detto). A tender coming-of-age story and a sharp observation of dehumanizing corporate enterprise, Ermanno Olmi’s Il posto is a touching and hilarious tale of one young man’s stumbling entrance into the perils of modern adulthood. Read More »

Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach, Ermanno Olmi – Tickets (2005)

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A train travels across Italy toward Rome. On board is a professor who daydreams a conversation with a love that never was, a family of Albanian refugees who switch trains and steal a ticket, three brash Scottish soccer fans en route to a match, and a complaining widow traveling to a memorial service for her late husband who’s accompanied by a community-service volunteer who’s assisting her. Interactions among these Europeans turn on class and nationalism, courtesy and rudeness, and opportunities for kindness. Read More »

Salvatore Samperi – Ernesto (1979)

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Remastered in 2019. Ernesto is based on the scandal novel by Umberto Saba, scandalous for the outspoken portrayal of a gay relationship between an adult man and an adolescent. The film has won numerous awards worldwide, including the “Silver Bear” of the Berlinale 1979. His ironically witty mood is repeatedly compared to the best films by François Truffaut. Martin Halm in the title role, the film legend Michele Placido as his proletarian relationship and Italy’s film goddess Virna Lisi as Ernesto’s mother guarantee this film an absolute cult status. Read More »

Giuseppe Tornatore – Nuovo Cinema Paradiso AKA Cinema Paradiso [uncut] (1988)

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A famous film director remembers his childhood at the Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo, the projectionist, first brought about his love of films. He returns home to his Sicilian village for the first time after almost 30 years and is reminded of his first love, Elena, who disappeared from his life before he left for Rome. Read More »