Tag Archives: Italian

Bruno Mattei & Claudio Fragasso – Rats – Notte di terrore AKA Rats: Night of Terror (1984)

One hundred years after a nuclear war has devastated the planet, society has been reborn into two factions; the underground society and the scavangers above in the wastelands. A group of scavangers on bikes come across a town infested with flesh eating rats, and soon the gore is spilling everywhere. Read More »

Mario Bava – Reazione a catena AKA A Bay of Blood [+commentary] (1971)

Synopsis:
A wealthy heiress and landowner dies under mysterious circumstances (her husband did it, but don’t worry, he was done in too), and anyone with a minute claim to her property shows up to collect. The would-be heirs and heiresses start offing each other in increasingly creative and graphic ways, along with some dimwitted teenagers that stop by the bay looking for a party. Basically, it’s Ten Little Indians on the bay. Read More »

Ferdinando Baldi – Nove ospiti per un delitto AKA Nine Guests for a Crime [+commentary] (1977)

Synopsis:
Nine members of the same family go to an island, where nobody lives – but the head of the family owns a nice house there. Problem is that he and his three sons keep a dark secret, and this dark secret begins to haunt them as soon as they are on the island. One by one falls victim to a mysterious killer. Read More »

Various – Questa è la vita AKA Of Life and Love (1954)

Movie in 4 episodes, taken from as many short stories by Luigi Pirandello.

1) “La giara”: in order to repair the jar of quarrelsome Don Lolò, zi ‘Dima remains locked inside it;

2) “Il ventaglino”: an unwed mother spends the first money received in charity to buy a fan;

3) “La patente”: a jinx requires that he be officially recognized, with a licence, his ability to bring bad luck;

4) “Marsina stretta”: the anger for a too tight tailcoat induces a best man to make celebrate a wedding that the groom’s rich parents were trying to avoid. Read More »

Gillo Pontecorvo – Queimada (1969)

Plot:
The professional mercenary Sir William Walker instigates a slave revolt on the Caribbean island of Queimada in order to help improve the British sugar trade. Years later he is sent again to deal with the same rebels that he built up because they have seized too much power that now threatens British sugar interests. Read More »

Mika Kaurismäki – Rosso [+Extra] (1985)

Plot Synopsis from AllMovie
This well-paced farce sends up intellectual thrillers as hitman Rosso (the handsomeKari Vaananen, also co-scripter) is assigned the job of eliminating a certain Finnish woman who coincidentally was once his summer love. The reluctant gangster heads north from Sicily and ultimately lands in the remote Finnish countryside looking for his target, Maria (Leena Harjupatana). Rosso and Maria’s brother take off in an old car to find her, and along the way they also manage any number of robberies and quick getaways. Their pursuers are bumped off to the sounds of rousing music and a quote here and there from Dante, who else? While Dante’s comedy was divine, this is good earth-bound fun. Read More »

Tinto Brass – Cosi fan tutte AKA All Ladies Do It (1992)

Synopsis:
Diana is a Roman wife happily married to sympathetic Paolo but she is keen on playing benign games of seduction with other men while resisting the advances of chic lingerie shop owner Silvio. She narrates her adventures to Paolo in order to stimulate their otherwise monotonous sexual life. However, under the influence of her lesbian friend Antonietta and raunchy sister Nadia, Diana starts to move the ongoings further while Paolo is still prone to believing that events narrated by her are merely fantasies. Read More »