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Roberto Benigni – Pinocchio (2002)

Plot Synopsis from allmovie.com by Andrea LeVasseur
Academy Award-winner Roberto Benigni adapts the classic children’s tale by Carlo Collodi for the big-budget family-oriented comedy Pinocchio. In his usual fashion, Benigni directs and stars, this time as the little puppet boy made out of wood. The familiar story begins as a log of pinewood falls out of a cart and lands in front of woodcarver, Geppetto (Carlo Giuffré), who carves the puppet out of longing for a son. When the puppet begins to come alive and cause trouble, Geppetto is arrested and Pinocchio is left to his own naïve worldview. After getting a stern warning from the Blue Fairy (Benigni’s wife and producer Nicoletta Braschi), Pinocchio sets out to reunite with his father, become a real boy, and succumb to some desire for adventure. Read More »

Vittorio De Sica – Ieri, oggi, domani AKA Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)

Stories about three very different women and the men they attract.

Episode 1. In Naples the street trader Adelina is sentenced to prison for selling bootleg cigarettes. The lawyer Verace tells her husband Carmine that according to the law a woman cannot be put in prison when she is pregnant and six months after the delivery. Adelina and Carmine start procreating one child after another to avoid imprisonment, but after the 7th child is born, Carmine is burned out and cannot make love anymore. Read More »

Roberto Rossellini – L’India vista da Rossellini (1959)

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Series of programs broadcast on RAI TV in Italy showing footage shot by Roberto Rossellini in India. The series was also broadcast on ORTF TV in France under the title ‘J’AI FAIT UN BEAU VOYAGE PAR ROBERTO ROSSELLINI’. The footage shown in the individual episodes seems to have been the same in the Italian and French series.

Rossellini stayed in India for almost 9 months, refusing to look at famous monuments and rather preferring to take a non-exotic view of India, by looking at lives of common persons. Read More »

Sergio Corbucci – I giorni del commissario Ambrosio aka Days of Inspector Ambrosio (1988)

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A few days before Commissioner Ambrosio’s holiday, an unusual bank robbery takes place opposite his house. Then a playboy dies in a car “accident” that points to murder. The Inspector finds that his chief witness, a timid violinist and his drug-addicted daughter were closely involved with the victim. Can he “clear his desk” in time for his well-earned break? Read More »

Giulio Questi – “I giochi del diavolo” L’uomo della sabbia AKA The Sandman (1981)

L’Uomo della sabbia (The Sandman) is the first episode of the 1981 RAI horror anthology series I Giochi del Diavolo (The Devil’s Games). It is based on the short story Der Sandmann (1816) by E.T.A. Hoffmann.

Hotheaded, romantic student Nathaniel conceives a passion for the professor’s daughter, Olympia. Others, though, say she has no soul, even that her singing and dancing are mechanical. When he stumbles on the professor and his assistant fighting over the automaton’s disassembled body, Nathaniel becomes even more unhinged. Read More »

Lucio Fulci – Paura nella città dei morti viventi AKA City of the Living Dead (1980) (HD)

Synopsis:
In the small New England town of Dunwich, a priest commits suicide by hanging himself in the church cemetery which somehow opens the gates of hell allowing the dead to rise. Peter, a New York City reporter, teams up with a young psychic, named Mary, to travel to the town where they team up with another couple, psychiatrist Jerry and patient Sandra, to find a way to close the gates before All Saints Day or the dead all over the world will rise up and kill the living. Read More »

Diane Kurys – Un homme amoureux aka A Man in Love (1987)

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An American film-star and an unknown British actress meet on set in Rome. She is angry when he refuses to speak to her journalist father, but later they have a passionate relationship. Written by Michael Crew

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This film examines relationships at all levels, mother/daughter, father/daughter, man/wife, lovers, friends. (Jane Steiner) has learned through her mother (Julia) how to go after what you want in life, to ‘live’. (Michael) is the best friend who honors friendship at any price. Living in three worlds: Imaginary, Family Man, and Desire, (Steve Elliot) doesn’t seem to know which one he really belongs to. Self examination and Discovery are for the taking with each character. Written by D.B.Steinsheim Read More »