Stefano Dionisi

  • Valerio Mastandrea – Ride AKA Laughing (2018)

    2011-2020DramaItalyValerio Mastandrea

    A woman and her 10-year-old son face, in their own way, the mourning for the death of the husband and father, which took place in a factory, while the waiting and the recollection for the day of the funeral grow all around.Read More »

  • Mike Figgis – The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999)

    Mike Figgis1991-2000ArthouseDramaUSA

    Quote:
    Confused, non-linear film tells the sexual story of a film director from his life at age 5, age 12, age 16, a man embarking on his first film in 1950’s Tunisia, and finally to his current life. Along the way he has sexual exploits with an older woman as a teen, gets involved with an Italian couple Tunisia that culminates in the killing of a local boy and the brutal revenge murder of the woman, and ultimately is married to a cold woman.Read More »

  • Gérard Corbiau – Farinelli (1994)

    1991-2000DramaGérard CorbiauItalyMusical

    A 1994 biographical film about the life and career of the Italian opera singer Farinelli, considered one of the greatest castrato singers of all time. It stars Stefano Dionisi as Farinelli and was directed by the Belgian director Gérard Corbiau.
    Although Dionisi provided the speaking voice, Farinelli’s singing voice was provided by the Polish soprano, Ewa Malas-Godlewska and a countertenor, Derek Lee Ragin, who were recorded separately then digitally merged to recreate the sound of a castrato.Read More »

  • Dario Argento – Non ho sonno AKA Sleepless [+ Commentary] (2001)

    2001-2010Dario ArgentoGialloItalyThriller

    An elderly and retired police detective and a young amateur sleuth team up to find a serial killer whom has resumed a killing spree in Turin, Italy after a 17-year hiatus.Read More »

  • Dario Argento – Non ho sonno AKA Sleepless (2001)

    2001-2010Dario ArgentoGialloItalyThriller

    IMDB plot summary:
    “Turin, 1983. Commissioner Moretti (Max von Sydow) tells to a boy: “I’ll catch the killer of your mother, I’ll catch him for all my life”. Same town, 17 years later. The murderer is back (he is not dead, as people thought for a long time), he attacks two girls and a long strip of blood begins. The boy now is an adult and when he meets the old Moretti they decide to close the case forever. To do it they must solve the puzzles of the killer, nicknamed The Dwarf: where the corpses are found, there is always a piece of paper with the form of an animal. And in a mysterious house is hidden a poem titled “The animal farm” but it’s not the Orwell novel… it’s a clue.”Read More »

  • Diane Kurys – Les Enfants du siècle AKA The Children of the Century (1999)

    1991-2000Diane KurysDramaFranceRomance

    Plot summary from IMDB:
    The only thing more outrageous than French novelist George Sand’s torrid love affair with the decadent author Alfred de Musset and her affinity for wearing men’s clothing, was the content of her writing. Though Sand (otherwise known as the Baroness Dudevant) smoked cigars and cross-dressed, it was the boldness of her writing on issues such as the abstinence of marriage and women’s frigidity that most contributed to the scandalous reputation she earned in French literary circles. When she met Alfred de Musset, the most gifted poet of his generation, the two quickly became a public cause celebrity while their work would go on to become some of the finest examples of 19th century romanticism.Read More »

  • Rolf Schübel – Gloomy Sunday – Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod (1999)

    1991-2000DramaGermanyRolf SchübelRomance

    Budapest in the thirties. The restaurant owner Laszlo hires the pianist András to play in his restaurant. Both men fall in love with the beautiful waitress Ilona who inspires András to his only composition. His song of Gloomy Sunday is, at first, loved and then feared, for its melancholic melody triggers off a chain of suicides. The fragile balance of the erotic ménage à trois is sent off kilter when the German Hans goes and falls in love with Ilona as well.Read More »

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