Tag Archives: Virna Lisi

Alberto Lattuada – Christopher Columbus (1985)

Under the direction of Alberto Lattuada, the film traces with economy and clarity the development of the dream to sail west in order to establish a new route to the riches of the East. Read More »

Jack Donohue – Assault on a Queen (1966)

Rosa (Virna Lisi), Vic (Tony Franciosa) and their boat captain (Alf Kjellin) are searching for sunken treasure. They hire Mark (Frank Sinatra) as their diver and begin their treasure hunt. Mark soon spots a long-buried German U-boat, and the plan to search for gold quickly turns into a scheme to use the submarine to rob the HMS Queen Mary. After enlisting the help of a mechanic (Richard Conte), the foursome set their plan in motion while Vic and Mark battle for Rosa’s affections. Read More »

Christian-Jaque – Les bonnes causes AKA Don’t Tempt the Devil (1963)

Synopsis:
‘Paul Dupré dies at the hands of his nurse Gina Bianchi when she administers his daily injection. His wife Catherine accuses the nurse of murdering her husband but Gina insists that she is innocent. Realising she too is a suspect, Catherine asks her lawyer, Charles Cassidi, to defend her as Judge Albert Gaudet starts his enquiry into the case. When it transpires that Paul Dupré made a will leaving his entire estate to Gina, Cassidi is confident he has a strong case. However, Judge Gaudet remains sceptical.’
– Film de France Read More »

Salvatore Samperi – Ernesto (1979)

Quote:
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 »

Henri Verneuil – La vingt-cinquième heure AKA The 25th Hour (1967)

In WW2, a Romanian Gentile peasant is denounced by the village gendarme and sent to a concentration camp for Jews where, due to an error, he’s drafted into the SS. Read More »