A, an American film director of Greek ancestry, is making a film that tells his story and the story of his parents. At the same time the film is a long journey into the vast history and the events of the last fifty years that left their mark on the 20th century.
Um Ano Mais Longo (2006) - Short Film
This film takes place in the last four days before the Chinese New Year, which begins Jan. 28. It is the story of a man who returns to Portugal after 10 years of absence, because his father is sick. This story ties up with another that speaks of the preparations of the Chinese community to celebrate the new year.
The story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape... (imdb)
A three-part anthology film about love and sexuality: a menage-a-trois between a couple and a young woman on the coast of Tuscany; an advertising executive under enormous pressure at work, who, during visits to his psychiatrist, is pulled to delve into the possible reasons why his stress seems to manifest itself in a recurring erotic dream; and a story of unrequited love about a beautiful, 1960s high-end call girl in an impossible affair with her young tailor. (imdb)
This is the first film of Theo Angelopoulos' trilogy. The story starts in 1919 with some greek refugees from Odessa arriving somewhere near Thessaloniki. Among these people are two small kids, Alexis and Eleni. Eleni is an orphan and she is also taken care by Alexis' family. The refugees build a small village somewhere near a river and we watch as the kids grow up and fall in love. But difficult times of dictatorship and war are coming... (imdb)
Romanian engineer Julius Popper (Jorge Perugorría) organizes a band of men to help him enslave South American Indians and find gold.
A successful TV anchorman, Bibo, is facing an existential crisis after meeting a hobo on the street.
Early in 1945, winter, the Red Army liberates Auschwitz; prisoner 174517, humanist Primo Levi (1919-1987) begins his journey home to Turin. He boards a train that goes the wrong way, further into Poland. (IMDB)
Made of four short tales, linked by a story filmed by Wim Wenders. Taking place in Ferrara, Portofino, Aix en Provence and Paris, each story, which always a woman as the crux of the story, invites to an inner travel, as Antonioni says "towards the true image of that absolute and mysterious reality that nobody will ever see". (imdb)
"A," a Greek filmmaker living in exile in the United States, returns to his native Ptolemas to attend a special screening of one of his extremely controversial films. But A's real interest lies elsewhere--the mythical reels of the very first film shot by the Manakia brothers, who, at the dawn of the age of cinema, tirelessly criss-crossed the Balkans and, without regard for national and ethnic strife, recorded the region's history and customs... (imdb)
Danny Cornish, a sort of stateless man who arranges art exhibits, is called from Tel Aviv to Paris with the news that a great uncle has died, in Birobidjan, the autonomous Jewish zone in Russia, leaving him a valuable art collection and the hand of a huge sculpture of a Golem. (imdb)
Three very odd relationships provide the basis for this thought-provoking Italian anthology that is overseen by director Bernardo Bertolucci. (VH1.com)
Alexandre, a TV reporter, is working for a few days in a border town, where a lot of refugees from Albania, Turkey and Kurdistan are packed in. Among them, he notices an old man and thinks he his an important greek politician who disappeared misteriously a few years ago. Back in Athens, he asks this politician's former wife to come and identify him. A slow and dry meditation about inhumanity of borders. (imdb)
Carmine Bonavia wins election as the mayor of New York on a promise to legalize drugs. After the election... (imdb)
Matteo Scuro is a retired Sicilian railroad worker, a widower with five children, all of whom live on the mainland and hold responsible jobs. He decides to surprise each with a visit and finds none as he imagined... (imdb)
Young nobleman Baron Sergio Giuramondo, after discovering that his bride-to-be was the king's mistress, leaves Naples in disgust to become a monk. But his quest for perfect solitude is constantly interrupted by visitors hearing rumours that Sergio possesses miraculous powers, and by women who bet each other that they can successfully seduce him... (imdb)
Autobiographical fantasy about a mediocre writer under analysis, obsessed by a life-long love-hate relationship with his father, and an unsatisfying marriage to a girl many years his junior. (bfi)
Burro is the surname of a simple-mind boy. He lives in a little village in Emilia Romagna (north of Italy). He fallen in love for the picture of an actress (!) and transfers his love to every girls he meets. More, he is orphan and is afflicted with his father figure. (imdb)
Road movie about two children (Voula and Alexandre) searching for their father who is supposed to live in Germany. Their obsession for this father figure will take them to the boundaries between childhood and adolescence. (imdb)
A small village in Latin America. Santiago have been knife in the morning. It surprise nobody. The Vicario brothers have openly declared the would kill him to avenge the lost honour of their young sister (imdb)
After the bankruptcy of their father's stonemasonry firm, brothers Nicola and Andrea emigrate to America to restore their fortunes... (imdb)
Amelia and Pippo are reunited after several decades to perform their old music-hall act (imitating Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) on a TV variety show. (imdb)
Spiros retires as a schoolteacher, his daughter is married, and he starts his annual journey with his bees to get honey from different areas. In his truck he finds a young girl who has just been abandoned and has no roots. Spiros lets her follow for a day... (imdb)
An old communist returns to Greece after 32 years in the Soviet Union. However, things aren't the way he had hoped for. (imdb)
The film consists of four stories plus epilogue, set in 19th-century Sicily. THE OTHER SON - A mother spends her life waiting for news from her two sons (emigrated to America) while ignoring her third, because he is the reincarnation of the bandit who raped her. MOON SICKNESS - a newly-wed peasant girl discovers that her husband goes mad every full moon. She arranges for a male friend to protect her, but they end up in bed together just as the moon emerges from behind a cloud. (imdb)
A film version of the famous Bizet opera, where a soldier (Don Jose) falls in love with a beautiful factory worker (Carmen), but she does not reciprocate his feelings. (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)
The Russian poet Gortchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through Italy researching the life of an 18th century Russian composer. In a ancient spa town, he meets the lunatic Domenico, who years earlier had imprisoned his own family in a barn to save them from the evils of the world. As Eugenia seeks to tempt Gortchakov into infidelity, he, seeing some deep truth in Domenico's act, becomes drawn to the lunatic.
In July 1914 a luxury liner leaves Italy with the ashes of the famous opera singer Tetua. The boat is filled with her friends... (imdb)
Voyage in Time (1983) - TV Movie
Documents the travels in Italy of director Andrei Tarkovsky in preparation for the making of his film Nostalghia. (Wikipedia)
Plot Summary for Notte di San Lorenzo, La (1982) The Night of San Lorenzo, the night of the shooting stars, is the night when dreams come true in Italian folklore. In 1944, a group of Italians flee their town after hearing rumours that the Nazis plan to blow it up and that the Americans are about to arrive to liberate them. (imdb)
In a farmhouse in southern Italy, an old woman dies. Her husband summons their sons: from Rome, Raffaele, a judge facing a political case for which he risks assassination; from Naples, the religious and ideological Rocco, a counselor at a correctional institute for boys; from Turin, Nicola, a factory worker involved in labor disputes. Once home, each encounters the past and engages in reveries of what may come.(imdb)
A hunted man breaks into the castle at Oberwald to kill the Queen, but faints before doing so. He is Sebastian, the splitting image of the King who was assassinated on his wedding day. The Queen discovers that Sebastian once wrote a subversive poem that she liked, even though it was attacking her. The Queen dares Sebastian to kill her, otherwise she vows to kill him. (imdb)
In the fascist Italy of 1935, a painter trained as a doctor is exiled to a remote region near Eboli. Over time, he learns to appreciate the beauty and wisdom of the peasants, and to overcome his isolation. (imdb)
8 comic sketches set in Italy, with 4 of the most famous European sex symbols of the 70's playing 2 roles each; (imdb)
Mystery film about a man who finds there is another world to the one we know. (imdb)
Il Passatore (1977) - TV Mini-Series
It tells the story of the last years of life of the Romagna bandit Stefano Pelloni, known as 'il Passatore'.
Movie based on the romance by Leonardo Sciascia "Il contesto". A detective (inspector Rogas) is assigned to investigate the mysterious murders of some Supreme Court judges and a series of judges's Homicide.
Five short comic sketches, all unrelated to each other, except that they are all expressions of Italian sexual humor. (imdb)
Michael, the younger son of a middle-class family, is off in a distant country fighting for a revolutionary cause. Everyone in the family writes to him, describing the events of their lives, as they drift into a kind of conventionality which would perhaps have horrified them earlier. Only Michael's girlfriend Mara (Mariangela Melato), the mother of his child, retains her independence, even though it is through the help of Michael's increasingly conventional friends and family that she survives. (allmovie)
In this movie Fellini portrays his home town of Rimini as he remembered it in '30s, during his young days... (imdb)
Lucky Luciano is one of the bosses of the Mafia. He orders the slaughter of 40 other responsibles, therefore becoming the only boss. But a few years later he is put into jail. In 1946, he got a pardon and is sent back to Sicilia. There, he begins becoming one of the chief of the Mafia. The US Army seems to refrain from interfering... (imdb)
Udo Kier is the Baron Frankenstein, attempting to create a new race of humans out of body parts. He wants to mate his male creation to his female creation so he figures he needs the brain of a real lady's man. By mistake, he beheads a man about to enter a monastery to become a monk... (imdb)
Enrico Mattei helped change Italy's future, first as freedom-fighter against the Nazis, then as an investor in methane gas through a public company, A.G.I.P., and ultimately as the head of ENI, a state body formed for the development of oil resources. October 27, 1962, he died when his private airplane crashed, one minute before it should land at Milan airport. Officially, he died of a flight accident... (imdb)
A nun falls in love with her patient, who happens to be a communist. (imdb)
Comedy about a man (Tognazzi) who is sentenced to life imprisonment mainly because of a woman's (Vitti) testimony, but she later marries him during his sentence. (imdb)
An epic portrait of late sixties America, as seen through the portrayal of two of its children.
An Italian woman conducts a desperate search for her husband, a soldier considered missing in action in Russia - like fifty thousand others during WWII. (imdb)
Italian army regulars resist the orders of a cruel general whose rigid interpretations of the rules call for a man to be shot.
Young Catherine Morelli (Julie Christie) who lives in Rome, goes to Geneva to find romance at her father's wedding. There she begins a near nymphomaniac pursuit of a mystery-fantasy man called Gregory (Michael Sarrazin). (imdb)
The main character-a painter brilliantly played by Franco Nero is trying to run away from his strange visions.He visits an old mansion to find peace, quiet and inspiration, but it seems that this place is haunted by the ghost of a young girl. (imdb)
A businessman is nicknamed "L'avvocato" and his driver, Oscar, is a yes-man. When L'avvocato has a crash while driving his car, Oscar is put in jail in his place. When Oscar gets out, he finds himself married to the beautiful Maria, but he can't even touch her: she is l'avvocato's lover. Afterwards Oscar is appointed manager, but he can't manage a dime. At the end he shall find himself again in jail.. (imdb)
A fairy tale of the misadventures of a beautiful but temperamental Neapolitan peasant, Isabella, when she meets the ill- tempered Spanish Prince Rodrigo Ferrante y Davalos. The King of Spain has ordered Rodrigo to choose a wife among seven Italian Princesses, but he is smitten by the lowly peasant. With the help of both witches and saints, Isabella conquers the heart of her Prince after many amusing events--including an outrageous dishwashing contest of the peasant against the Princesses. (imdb)
A photographer who is talented but aimless has photographed violence and pain without feeling any involvement... (imdb)
Some people like violence so much, that they decide to create a club in which human hunts are organized - members being alternately hunters, and prey, until they end up dead. (imdb)
Since it was made in 1965, we can assume that Casanova '70 is set five years in the future. Marcello Mastroianni stars as the modern incarnation of the legendary lover. This Casanova is a NATO officer who is sexually aroused only when danger threatens... (All Movie Guide)
The stories of Gideon and Samson from chapters 6-8 and 13-16 of The Book of Judges. (imdb)
Domenico, a successfull businessman, with an eye for the girls, begins an affair with Filumena when she is 17 years old... (imdb)
Cold, rain, and fog surround a plant in Ravenna. Factory waste pollutes local lakes; hulking anonymous ships pass or dock and raise quarantine flags... (imdb)
A man is destroyed by his love for a promiscuous young lady
A young woman meets a vital young man, but the love affair is doomed because of the man's materialistic nature. (imdb)
A middle-aged man, Cesare (Salvo Randone), witnesses the sudden death of somebody on a tram. He inevitably feels drawn into thinking about his own destiny. (lolajournal.com/3/giorni.html)
Giovanni, a sucessful writer, and his wife Lydia visit their friend Tommaso who is dying in hospital... (imdb)
A socialite is murdered and her playboy lover is brought in for questioning. During his stay in custody we get to see the real sneaky playboy in action via flashback.