Tag Archives: Italian

Mario Mattoli – Totò al giro d’Italia AKA Totò does the Giro d’Italia (1948)

Totò Al Giro D’Italia is about the 1948 edition of the Giro d’Italia, in which Professor Totò sells his soul to the devil in order to win the love of the bella Doriana. She agrees to marry him only if he can win the national bicycle race, calculating that this is an impossibility, but one stage after another he defeats all great cycling champions of that time (Coppi, Bartali, Schotte, Kubler, Bobet, Magni, et al). Read More »

Paolo Genovese – Perfetti sconosciuti AKA Perfect Strangers (2016)

Synopsis:
Seven long-time friends get together for a dinner. When they decide to share with each other the content of every text message, email and phone call they receive, many secrets start to unveil and the equilibrium trembles. Read More »

Roberto Rossellini – Blaise Pascal (1972)

Roberto Rosselini directs this fascinating program tracing the life and work of 17th century French mathematician, religious philosopher and physicist Blaise Pascal, who made pioneering contributions to the fields of geometry and probability. The legendary Rosselini created this television film as part of a remarkable series geared toward illuminating the evolution of knowledge and history in Western civilization. Read More »

Pietro Marcello – La bocca del lupo AKA The Mouth of the Wolf (2009)

Quote:
There’s magic and mastery aplenty in “The Wolf’s Mouth,” a docu-fiction hybrid that represents a breathtakingly impressive debut from Pietro Marcello. Though running a bare-minimum feature length of 70 minutes (six shorter than the press notes and Berlinale catalog claim), it packs multiple layers and subjects into its densely intricate but enticingly accessible structure. A highly unusual love story between a macho ex-con and a transsexual former drug-addict, it’s also an exploration and celebration of their home city of Genoa, delicately examining the past’s interactions with the present. Read More »

Lamberto Bava & Mario Bava – “I giochi del diavolo” La Venere d’Ille AKA The Venus of Ille (1979)

Wealthy landowner Mr. De Peyhorrade uncovers a bronze statue of Venus on his property. Afterwards, De Peyhorrade asks an antique expert, named Matthew, from another village to examine the statue and confirm its wealth. Upon arrival, Matthew is striken with love by Clara, Mr. De Peyhorrade’s daughter-in-law, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the statue. Read More »

Fernando Birri – Org (1978)

ORG and excess roads to wisdom
Fernando Birri
“The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom,” said William Blake. This was the mantra we attempted to analyze in the non-film ORG. I want to try to make this lecture correspond formally to its subject, an experimental film. This may or may not work, but I want to attempt an experimental lecture as a way into the film.

I chose Memories of Fire by Eduardo Galeano because I think it gets to the heart of our experience. That is, the Americas as a vessel for delirium. This has as much to do with dreams as it has to do with the creative energy that some call poetry. Read More »

Umberto Lenzi – Gatti rossi in un labirinto di vetro AKA Eyeball (1975)

SYNOPSIS
A group of tourists are terrorized by a killer who wears a red raincoat and stabs its victims in the eye. Mark Burton (John Richardson) is having an affair with his secretary Paulette Stone (Martine Brochard) while his wife is suffering form a nervous breakdown. Why does the killer stab its victims in the eye and will the police solve the mystery before the killer disappears? (10k Bullets) Read More »