At the height of World War II in fascist Italy, spoiled young Carlo Caremoli enjoys a beach vacation with his friends, oblivious to world events due to the protection provided by his father, Ettore. When Carlo meets older widow and mother Roberta Parmesan, he is smitten despite her reluctance to get involved. Carlo persists, and just as he and Roberta find happiness, the brutal reality of the war crashes in upon them.Read More »
Valerio Zurlini – Estate violenta aka Violent Summer (1959) (HD)1951-1960DramaItalyValerio Zurlini
Bernardo Bertolucci – Il conformista AKA The Conformist (1970) (HD)1961-1970Bernardo BertolucciDramaItalyPolitics
This story opens in 1938 in Rome, where Marcello has just taken a job working for Mussollini and is courting a beautiful young woman who will make him even more of a conformist. Marcello is going to Paris on his honeymoon and his bosses have an assignment for him there. Look up an old professor who fled Italy when the fascists came into power. At the border of Italy and France, where Marcello and his bride have to change trains, his bosses give him a gun with a silencer. In a flashback to 1917, we learn why sex and violence are linked in Marcello’s mind.Read More »
Luigi Comencini – La Donna della domenica aka The Sunday Woman (1975)1971-1980ComedyItalyLuigi ComenciniMysteryQueer Cinema(s)
Police commissioner Santamaria is investigating the murdering of the ambiguous architect Mr. Garrone. The investigations soon drive him into the Torino’s high society. Santamaria suspect Anna Carla and at the same time falls in love for her. Lello is the lover of Massimo, a homosexual platonic friend of Anna Carla. He is following another direction in order to find out the truth, and his results are confusing the Policeman. But another murdering happens…Read More »
Michel Soutter – L’escapade (1974)1971-1980ArthouseComedyFranceMichel Soutter
the AMG clerk wrote :
“Auguste (Georges Wod) goes to a remote Swiss village for a meeting in the course of doing some research. Instead of meeting his informant there, he comes across a girl who has been thrown out of the house by her writer boyfriend; she is too distracting and he can’t work with her around…”Read More »
Nadine Trintignant – Défense de Savoir aka Forbidden to Know (1973)1971-1980CrimeFranceNadine TrintignantThriller
The very modest lawyer (Jean-Louis Trintignant) in this case of murder finds much more than he is looking for and then must decide what to do with the unwelcome information. He is defending a woman who is accused of killing her lover. It turns out that the lover was actually killed during a holdup, and was a member of a gang which did bullying favors for local politicians; and the trail doesn’t end there.
Un avocat est commis d’office pour défendre une prostituée chez qui a été découvert le cadavre d’un amant. L’avocat s’applique, face au mutisme de sa cliente, à faire toute la lumière sur l’affaire…Read More »
Ettore Scola – Passione d amore aka Passion Of Love (1981)1981-1990DramaEttore ScolaItalyRomance
Ettore Scola’s dark, romantic tale of a woman so stubborn and passionate that nothing can dissuade her from pursuing the object of her affections.
When Captain Bachetti arrives at his new post in Northern Italy, he already resents the reassignment, which has separated him from his mistress, the exquisite Clara. And the situation becomes even more disturbing when this man with a taste for beautiful women finds himself subjected to the persistent attentions of the spectacularly ugly Fosca; everything about this brash, loud, impolite and unattractive creature fills him with horror.
But the Captain has never before encountered the transformative power of love.Read More »
Michael Haneke – Amour (2012)2011-2020AustriaDramaMichael Haneke
Cinema feeds on stories of love and death, but how often do filmmakers really offer new or challenging perspectives on either? Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’ is devastatingly original and unflinching in the way it examines the effect of love on death, and vice versa. It’s a staggering, intensely moving look at old age and life’s end, which at its heart offers two performances of incredible skill and wisdom from French veteran actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva.
The Austrian director of ‘Hidden’ and ‘The White Ribbon’ offers an intimate, brave and devastating portrait of an elderly Parisian couple, Anne (Riva) and Georges (Trintignant), facing up to a sudden turn in their lives. Haneke erects four walls to keep out the rest of the world, containing his drama almost entirely within one apartment over some weeks and months. The only place we see this couple outside their flat, right at the start, is at the theatre, framed from the stage. Haneke reverses the perspective for the rest of the film. The couple’s flat becomes a theatre for their stories: past, present and future.Read More »
Michael Winterbottom & Kevin Brownlow – Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1996)1991-2000DocumentaryKevin BrownlowMichael WinterbottomMichael Winterbottom and Kevin BrownlowUnited Kingdom
Documentary mini-series about the rise and fall of the European silent film industry.
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Pierre Granier-Deferre – Le train AKA The Last Train (1973)1971-1980DramaFrancePierre Granier-DeferreWar
May 1940. Germany invades Europe, people panic and try to flee by any means possible. In France, Julien, a radio repairman, boards a train with his wife and child. As the men are placed in cattle cars with only the women and elderly allowed in the passenger cars, events begin their fateful turning as the insignificant repairman encounters an attractive fugitive and love begins – a doomed love.Read More »