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In an effort to reconnect with her troubled teen daughter Summer, Maggie decides to embark on a journey to a Tuscan village where she frequented in her younger days. Upon arrival, Maggie runs into Luca, a handsome former lover who is still a bachelor and lives with his eighty-year-old mother, Carmen. Summer and Carmen impulsively steal Luca's car and race off to Rome. Maggie and Luca quickly pursue them. (imdb)
A look at the mysterious relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin and his teenage bride Effie Gray. (effiegraymovie.com)
A young Austrian soldier in World War 1 fights his way through the Alps to rescue his first love and escape the impending explosion that will rock the mountain. (imdb)
Set in the late 19th century, about a honored but poor patriarch who sacrifices himself to protect his fugitive son. (imdb)
Somewhere in the occupied France of 1943, an old sculptor and his wife live in a small town not far from the Spanish border. The 80-year-old sculptor Marc Cros has long quit working. But one day in the street his wife Lea picks up a young woman. The couple offer her the chance to live in the sculptor's workshop, and, while she's there, to model for what will be the last work by old Cros.
Abandoned with a son by her husband years ago, Signora Enrica is the notorious in her native Rimini for refusing to allow any men into her house ever since. She rents out rooms to female students, while also working as a tailor and at the market. She decides to make an exception to her age-old rule for Ekin, a Turkish student who comes to her house. (www.aksav.org.tr)
Malik has a lot on this place when he returns home to Tunisia after living in France. He's processing his father's death, he can't come out to his mother, and his childhood anxieties have resurfaced. But all of Malik's problems seem to fade away when he falls for Bilal, the dreamy houseboy at his mother's bourgeois estate. (imdb)
German television documentary about classic Spaghetti Western movies.
Documentary that recreates the atmosphere of the life of Marcello Mastroianni, icon of Italian cinema.
An Opera of Violence (2003) - Short Film
Part one in a documentary trilogy about the making of C'era una volta il West. An Opera of Violence begins with a biography of director Sergio Leone. A part about the difficult path Leone had to take to make this film, follows. Part one concludes with the decisions about casting. Who was asked to act in this film, why did Leone choose these actors? (imdb)
A thief on the run from a life of crime. A nightclub singer hoping to escape from the blues of heartache. Two lost souls who have become fugitives from the past -- but now, fate is about to bring them together in the unfolding present. (Paramount Classics)
Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone (2001) - Short Film
Documentary tracing Sergio Leone's development as one of the most celebrated directors of all time. He raised the genre of Spaghetti Western from B movies to mainstream hits. (tvguide.co.uk)
In the 1950s, when Werner Herzog was 13, he was sharing an apartment with Klaus Kinski, an ego-maniacal live-wire. In an unabated, 48 hour fit of rage, Kinski destroyed every piece of furniture in sight. From this chaos, a beautiful albeit volatile partnership was born. In 1972, Herzog cast Kinski in Aguirre, The Wrath of God. Four more films would follow. In this personal documentary, Herzog traces the often violent up and downs of their relationship, revisiting Munich apartment where they first met - and thrashed, and the various locations of their films. (imdb)
A chronological look at the creative life of Luchino Visconti (1906-1976). It examines his theatricality, role in the neorealist movement, use of melodrama, and relation to decadence. It touches on the impact of a fabulously wealthy childhood, his writing for "Cinema," his politics, his work with Renoir, his appreciation of Thomas Mann, and his deep knowledge of literature and the arts. (imdb)
During her rich and famous mother's absence, a little girl, alone in a big hotel, tries to understand what being a woman means by interviewing various women... (imdb)
Nostromo (1996) - TV Mini-Series
A sweeping, 3-part adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel about a fractionalized South American country, a much-coveted silver mine, and a simple stevedore who's drafted into helping the mine owner save its riches.
Eighth entry in the Pink Panther. It is nearly 30 years since Inspector Jacques Clouseau managed to get Maria Gambrelli off from a murder charge (events of "A Shot In The Dark")... (imdb)
This is the sequel of "Mayrig". It tells the story of a son of the Armenian family of the previous film. Now the son has grown up and he'll cope with his new life and his old family.
Mayrig is a 1991 semi-autobiographical film written and directed by French-Armenian filmmaker Henri Verneuil. The film's principal cast includes Claudia Cardinale and Omar Sharif. It is about the struggles of an Armenian family that emigrates to France from Turkey after the Armenian Genocide of 1915. (Wikipedia)
A history of the French Revolution from the decision of the king to convene the Etats-Generaux in 1789 in order to deal with France's debt problem. (imdb)
An American film-star and an unknown British actress meet on set in Rome. She is angry when he refuses to speak to her journalist father, but later they have a passionate relationship. (imdb)
The story begins at a medieval dressing party. A man, dressed as the King Enrico IV, falls from his horse and hits his head. This causes him serious lesions and gets insane, believing he is really the King. (imdb)
Aldo has worked in a gold mine in Canada. A pay day, a band of robbers attack the mine and exterminate all minors except for Aldo and two Indians. Aldo gets rid of his cronies and goes canoeing on the river... (Allociné)
The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of the Peruvian jungle. (imdb)
Gregoire is retiring after many years with the same bank, and his colleagues surprise him with the gift of a beautiful call girl, Barbara. Thinking she is a conquest, he impersonates the bank president, leading to a comedy of mistaken identities. (imdb)
A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic 'Fitzcarraldo' , showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively driven director (imdb)
An Italian policeman investigates a series of murders involving people in prominent positions. Left behind at each murder scene is a drawing of a salamander. The policeman begins to suspect these murders are linked to a plot to seize control of the government. (imdb)
Based on the book by Curzio Malaparte, the film is a collection of bitter memories about the Allied liberation of Naples. (umuc.edu)
During the World War II, the prisoners of a German camp in a greek island are trying to escape. They don't want only their freedom, but they also seek for an ineffable treasure hidden in a monastery at the top of the island's mountain. (imdb)
While a CIA agent prepares to assist in the overthrow of an African nation, he discovers that his friend is interfering in the country's politics. (allrovi.com)
An old surgeon falls in love with an intellectual underage girl. (imdb)
Jesus of Nazareth (1977) - TV Mini-Series
A reverent depiction of the life of Christ using the Gospel accounts. (imdb)
The mafia has overrun a section of the country so ruinously that a very stern man (Giuliano Gemma) has been sent by the government to be the governor in that region. He has been given wide-ranging power and authority and is not afraid to use it. Indeed, on occasion he finds it necessary to gun down a fleeing felon himself. (allrovi.com)
Two friends grow up together in the Sicily of the '50s. Two different destiny, two different way of life. Could their friendship survive to the mafia shadow? (imdb)
The film, divided into four episodes, is satirical the topic of sex in Italy.. (wikipedia)
Two racy women decide to chuck their mundane lives and go on a wild adventure. (imdb)
Director Mauro Bolognini inserts this story in Fascist Italy, with careful attention to details. The couple formed by Matteo Zannoni (Bruno Cirino) and Libera Valente (Cardinale) can't bear fascism. They move constantly between cities, settling down in Modena, where Libera quickly collides with the fascist political commissar Franco Testa (Philippe Leroy). Libera has to suffer awful moments due to her attachment to the resistance, and to the political and sexual harassment from Testa.
Tina is on trial for the murder of her lover, Gino. The violent nature of their relationship, revealed in the trial, seems to make obvious that she accidentally killed him during a fight. The lone female jury member compares her life to Tina's and, believing her to be innocent, sets out on her own to find a missing witness that can prove Tina's innocence. (imdb)
A reclusive, retired professor is faced with confronting modernity when a group of vulgar youths, led by an obnoxious marchesa, take up residence in his unused upper residence.
In this period piece set in Italy, Nicola Bellizzi dreams of becoming a lawyer. However, when he seeks the reason that people are reluctant to help him in his goals, he discovers that some of his blood relations are high-ranking members of the Mafia. He tries to break away from his family obligations, but falls into a life of crime and violence. (imdb)
A vengeful stranger goes to work for a mad czarist landowner.
In 1934, Roberto Borgo leaves Sicily for Marseille, where his childhood friend Xavier has just been condemned to 20 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Indeed, local gang leader, Villanova, has framed Xavier. Roberto confronts the mobster and kills him. Later, while helping Xavier's sister to fight an American gang of racketeers, Roberto is caught by the police and is put in the same prison with Xavier. (allmovie.com)
The Audience follows the course of a catholic young man, Amedeo, which left its cheap native, in the north of Italy, to come to Rome, with an obsession: to obtain a private audience of the Pope Paul VI with whom it has revelations very important to make. The determination of Amedeo is such as it appears suspect with the authorities of the Vatican.
Claudia Cardinale is Popsy, who double-crosses her older partner Silva (Stanley Baker). Silva has arranged to divert diamonds from a large corporate-run diamond mine in the South American jungle, and Popsy does her "pop" wrong as they are both pursued by police. This French-language underworld adventure film has a screenplay by Henri Charriere (who also acts in the film), better-known for his screenplay for Papillion. (allrovi.com)
A timid but rich Italian emigrant living in Australia tempts a Roman prostitute, dissatisfied with her night life, over to Australia by sending her a photo of a handsome ex-buddy. When the girl finally arrives she insists on having no other partner than the person on the photo. (bfi)
Outlaw sisters in the old West inherit a ranch and try to settle down and develop relationships with neighboring family of lots of brothers. (imdb)
Peter McEnery stars as Col. Etienne Girard, Hussar officer of the Napoleonic era. The story takes place during the Little Corporal's 1808 campaign in the Spanish peninsula. Col. Gerard's adventures include an ongoing war of nerves against Napoleon's forces, not to mention a steamy affair with one Countess Teresa Claudia Cardinale.
The star is international glamour plate Claudia Cardinale, improbably cast as a telephone switchboard operator. It is believable that Cardinale is using her job as a means to trap a man for herself. When she is stood up by her first conquest, Cardinale teams with Catherine Spaak to romance and fleece eligible rich bachelors (and a few wealthy husbands) up and down the European continent. (allrovi.com)
Rome, 1825. Bishop Rivarola (Tognazzi) and colonel Nardoni (Salerno) are in charge to suppress liberal revolution. Shoemaker Cornacchia (Manfredi) got the information that the liberal Filippo Spada (Ekland) is a spy and is going to denounce his revolutionary companions. So Cornacchia decides to report Spada to two "Carbonari" (kind of Freemasons) to kill Spada... (imdb)
As the leader of a 1928 Arctic airship expedition watches a television program about the disastrous undertaking, the ghosts of those involved in the voyage and subsequent rescue attempts gather to determine his guilt in the affair. Most of the film is a flash-back to the voyage and the international efforts to rescue the crew of the airship from an ice flow. (imdb)
In 1946 North Africa, two former US Air Force pilots are forced to work for an international smuggler to get money needed for their return to civilian life after fighting in World War II. (imdb)
A detective gets involved with the beautiful daughter of an old friend. The daughter turns out to be a jewel thief, who in turn gets the detective involved in a caper in Austria. (imdb)
Set in Sicily, this violent crime drama tells the tale of an Italian cop who heads to a small island town to look into the death of a construction supplier. Once there he is shocked by the influence the Mafia has over the people and even himself. (Answers.com)
Sergio Leone's monumental epic is as big as its Monument Valley locations, as grand as its fine, distinguished cast, as tough and bawdy as every kid imagines the Old West.
Loving Too Much is a Cardinale Sin... (imdb)
A swimming-pool salesman gets mixed up with beauty queens and bodybuilders when he falls in love. (TCM.com)
A rich Texan, J.W. Grant, selects three men and invites them to his private train to offer them a contract:... (imdb)
Action war drama about French paratroopers during the Algerian Revolution. (imdb)
Sandra comes back to Volterra, in Tuscany, the little town where she spent her childhood. She is with her American husband, Andrew. She wishes to pay homage to her father who died in Auschwitz where she was still a little child. In Volterra, Andrew meets for the first time Gianni, Sandra's brother. He soon realizes that Sandra and Gianni have a secret since their childhood. (imdb)
Dr. Bartholomew Snow, a psychiatrist, is treating a man with emotional problems who, it turns out, is a brilliant scientist being pursued by different international powers and their operatives. Snow soon finds himself caught in the middle and out of desperation, he falls in with a mysterious and beautiful woman named Vicky Vincenti. But is she helping him, or is she yet another sinister figure out to manipulate him? (imdb)
Circus owner Matt Masters is beset by disasters as he attempts a European tour of his circus. At the same time, he is caught in an emotional bind between his adopted daughter and her mother. (imdb)
A penniless countess falls in love with a cad, unaware that he is also involved on the side with her beautiful daughter. (imdb)
The Magnificent Cuckold is about a hat tycoon who is ecstatically, if not hungrily, in love with his youthful wife. It is all blissful, that is, until our man, middle-aged and somewhat of a square among his blasé, upper-class friends to whom cuckoldry is a common practice, is seduced by one of them. At this point doubts and suspicions, like conscience, begin to plague him. (wikipedia)
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies (imdb)
In the first movie starring Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, he tries to catch a jewel thief who is right under his nose (imdb)
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily.
Set in a small Italian village in the 1940s, La Ragazza di Bube tells the story of a woman who falls in love with a complete stranger (George Chakiris). The stranger turns out to have killed a fascist policeman during World War II and is sent to jail for 14 years. The woman pines for the convict and waits out his sentence, spurning the love of a writer (Marc Michel) who wants to marry her. (allmovie.com)
In the 18th century, Louis de Bourguignon is working with the Malichot's gang, but their ways are too 'unethical' for him. (imdb)
Based on Italo Svevo's great novel so admired by James Joyce, this atmospherically photographed film is set in old Trieste and centers on a middle-aged public official and his unrequited love for a flirtatious but unpossessable girl who blithely betrays him. (SurrealMoviez)
The original Italian is La Viaccia (the name of the family farm which motivates the plot). The death of a wealthy patriarch in 1885 sets off an interfamily power struggle. Son Ferdinando buys out his other relatives in order to gain full control over the dead man's property. But Ferdinando's country-bumpkin nephew Amerigo holds out. Amerigo's stance is weakened when he heads for the city and meets prostitute Bianca. (allmovie.com)
Lorenzo, who's 16 and born to a wealthy family in Parma, tries to make things right toward a showgirl, Aida, whom his older brother has mistreated. In extending kindness and standing up for her, he comes of age. But, is there anything he can do that will alter Aida's situation or her prospects? (imdb)
The widow Rosaria moves to Milano from Lucania with her 4 sons, one of whom is Rocco. The fifth son, Vincenzo, already lives in Milano (imdb)
Women love handsome Antonio because they think of him as the perfect lover. But he has problems to fullfill this ideal and Barbara only notices his failures when they are married. When the town learns about his trouble they start laughing at him... (imdb)
Another of Napoleon's adventures in this epic reconstruction of the battle of Austerlitz, where he had the greatest victory of his career, over the Russians. (imdb)
The idle lives of the rich or famous or both are depicted from an aloof and uninvolved perspective. Claudia Cardinale appears in one of her early screen roles as Fedora, a member of the elite and privileged in a provincial Italian town. The seedy underside of illicit affairs, quick flings, betrayals and deceptions, and other, similar pasttimes of the "in" circle slowly become apparent when a young outsider tries to gain acceptance into the exclusive group. (allmovie.com)
Isabelle is a beautiful adventuress with valuable jewels, looking for a rich husband. Alfredo works as a barman, having long ago lost his money to a swindler. Gerard is a painter who sells copies as genuine masterpieces. When Gerard learns that Alfredo looks just like a rich Arab prince, he concocts a scheme to get his hands on Isabelle's jewels.
The story of this film is freely based on the Carlo Emilio Gadda's novel "Quer Pasticciaccio Brutto de via Merulana" ("Bad deal on Merulana street"). This Pietro Germi's movie represents the beginning of Italian Commedy, of which Germi will be one of the masters, certainly the most innovative. (imdb)
On marrying the boss's daughter, Richard takes his father-in-law's advice to hire a live-in domestic. He soon finds good help is hard to come by. Run-ins follow with dipsomaniacs, bank robbers, a Welsh lass who takes one look at London and runs, and an Italian charmer who turns the place into a bawdy house. Then when Ingrid arrives from Sweden things actually start to get complicated.
In Eastern Sicily, Antonio is a young worker affiliated with a local crime syndicate. He receives an order from up top to kill the Marquis Macri, but a personal relationship may influence him otherwise.
The guys from "I soliti Ignoti" strike back.