Tag Archives: Michele Placido

Mario Monicelli – Le rose del deserto AKA The Roses of the Desert (2006)

A sanitary battalion of Italian Army is sent to Sorman oasis in Lybia during the Africa campaign in 1940. Soon an Italian missionary, living nearby, succeed to transform the occupation by Italian Army in a kind of humanitarian mission. In fact all the battalion is involved to help the local population. The war anyway goes on with no regards to human feelings. The “glorious” Fascist campaign is going to became a fast retreat. Read More »

Luigi Comencini – Mio Dio, come sono caduta in basso! AKA My God, how low I’ve fallen! AKA Till Marriage Do Us Part (1974)

At the beginning of the twentieth century the noble and chaste Eugenia (L. Antonelli) and the enriched plebeian Raimondo (O. Lionello), Sicilians, come to learn by telegram on their wedding night to have the same father, but for social propriety, and economic reasons, they decide to play the comedy in front of the world by living in chaste marriage. According to the current morality, he can afford some escapade but the virginal wife, while eager to penetrate the mysteries of the flesh, must restrain herself. It will be the readings of D’Annunzio to dismantle her resistance. Read More »

Paolo Cavara – …e tanta paura AKA Plot of Fear (1976)

Synopsis:
Italian cinematic gold. Told through ingenious flashbacks, it tells the story of a group of wealthy men and women who get murdered one by one at a decadent weekend party. In his attempt to find a connection between the victims, inspector Lomenzo (M. Placido) encounters a mysterious fashion model who reveals interersting details. The killer leaves behind illustrations from a children’s book. Why? Read More »

Gianni Amelio – Lamerica (1994)

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Two Italian racketeers come to Albania just after the fall of the communists to set up a fictive firm and pocket the grants. They need a stooge. They choose an old one in a jail : Spiro. But the youngest italian, Gino, once alone with Spiro, encounter a few problems. Far from his roots, loosing his identity in deep Albania, he begins to change… 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 »

Flavio Mogherini – La ragazza dal pigiama giallo AKA The Pyjama Girl Case (1978)

Synopsis:
Two seemingly separate stories in New South Wales: a burned, murdered body of a young woman is found on the beach, and a retired inspector makes inquiries; also, Linda, a waitress and ferry attendant, has several lovers and marries one, but continues seeing the others. The police have a suspect in the murder, but the retired inspector is convinced they’re wrong; he continues a methodical investigation. Linda and her husband separate, and there are complications. Will the stories cross or are they already twisted together? Read More »

Eriprando Visconti – La Orca (1976)

A teenage girl is kidnapped by 3 guys and taken to an abandoned house in the country, and make her write her own ransom letter. She soon discovers that one of her captors is infatuated with her and she will use those feelings to stay alive. Read More »