Gian Maria Volontè
Ordered by Year | PSI
Documentary on the life and career of late great Italian actor Gian Maria Volonté.
The story of Funes, an enigmatic piano player for a tango orchestra in a brothel.
In the 1920s, latin american fierce caudillo Santos Banderas faces the rebellion of his own people.
A man calls in the night for the police but they don't come. The next morning they find him dead at his desk, next to him there's a gun and a piece of paper with a cryptic message.
The movie tells the story of an italian politician's shady attempt to take over a newspaper of the opposition.
Tommaso Scalia is a man who commits three murders: he killed his superior who sacked him, he kills the man who replaced him, and he kills his own wife. He wants a quick trial and an early execution, but an earnest, principled assistant judge looks for a way to save the murderer from being shot, because he does not belive in capital punishment. Although he manages to save the man initially, he will pay a high price for it. (imdb)
Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827), swiss experimental educator, laid the groundwork for universal elementary school education and developed many of the educational theories and techniques in use even in the present day. This film focuses on a critical period in Pestalozzi's development of his educational theories, when he was running a boarding school in a disused convent for impoverished village children in the French part of Switzerland. (AllMovie)
In the sixteenth century, Spain occupies Flanders and Inquisition enforces the faith. Aging writer and philosopher, Zénon Ligre, comes to Bruges using a false name and papers to serve as a physician to the poor, establishing a clinic and steam bath. (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)
The story of a child who loves running, his oppressive father and a bus driver who becomes the kid's mentor.
On March 16 1978, the Red Brigade kidnap the Chief of the Christian Democracy, the party in power in Italy since the end of the war. fifty-five days later, his corpse was found in the trunk of a red Renault. Moro was not only the victim of the brigadiers but also of the struggle for power between the Italian parties. (imdb)
The film follows a week in the lives of two journalists visiting a small Swiss village. Bernard Fontana (Mr. Volonte) is a quiet, somber, reflective television journalist, recently crippled in an accident, who is on location to do an interview with the help of his young assistant. Their subject is Prof. Henri Kremer (Heinz Bennent), an expert on world hunger, whose studies of that problem have brought him to the brink of utter despair. (movies.nytimes.com)
Alphonsine, growing up motherless in absolute poverty, goes alone to Paris and finds work as a seamstress. In the evening most of the girls she works with are whores but one is a cloakroom attendant at the opera house and takes her there to help. Seeing high society on display fills her with the desire to join their world. (Wikipedia)
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)
A group of Basque separatists is determined to kidnap Spain dictatorship's number two, Admiral Carrero Blanco. Long and dangerous preparations are carried out, but when everything seems to be ready, the political situation changes abruptly, and so do the Basques' plans. (poictesme)
Don Gaetano (Marcello Mastroianni) is a priest who is supervising a group of Christian Democrats on a religious retreat. The objective is to help these politicians purify their past wrongdoings, no matter how large or small, and live closer to God. The retreat takes place in a concrete bunker with plenty of small rooms for contemplation and icons set here and there to offer inspiration... (All Movie Guide)
I Am Afraid tries to summarize some of the totally real links between secret services, criminality & politics. (imdb)
The story of the massacre of the Chilean miners of Marusia, in 1907, ordered by the government to preserve the control by foreign companies over Chile's resources.
In 1934 the Italian Communist Party is outlawed by the fascist regime and its center has to direct from Paris. Emilio is sent back to Turin to expose a fascist informant infiltrated into the organization.
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)
Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) was one of the pivotal thinkers of the Renaissance. A Dominican friar in Italy, he left the order and taught widely throughout Europe. Among the ideas he taught were the inexpressibility of any ultimate truths and the complete relativity of ordinary truth. He also taught religious tolerance... (All Movie Guide)
The chief editor of an italian conservative newspaper exploits the murder of a young woman in order to influence the results of the upcoming elections.
L'Attentat is a political thriller based largely on a true story (the Ben Barka affair), which recounts how the French government and the American CIA connived to have a socialist in exile murdered before he could return to his homeland and start a revolution.
This film recounts the struggle and protests of workers and factory workers in occupied factories. It alternates between interviews and the setting up of a tent in Piazza di Spagna, in Rome, for a protest demonstration.
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)
The story of two anarchists who were charged and unfairly tried for murder when it was really for their political convictions. (imdb)
Lulù is a real hard worker. For this reason he is loved by the masters and hated by his own colleagues. The unions decide agitations against the masters. Lulù doesn't agree till he cuts, by accident, one of his own fingers. Now, after he understood the worker's conditions, he agrees the unions and participates to the strike... (imdb)
Short political documentary that shows the discrepancies in the Italian police's official versions about the events that led to the alleged suicide of the anarchist activist Giuseppe Pinelli, who is said to have thrown himself out of a window while he was interrogated in a police station in Milano after the Piazza Fontana bombing.
Noted French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard makes another foray into Marxist film in this political film. (All Movie Guide)
A kafkian story: a fascistoid police inspector kills his mistress, and deliberately leaves clues just to find out how big is his reputation of "a citizen above suspicion" (imdb)
Corey is a cool, aristocratic thief, released from prison on the same day that Vogel, a murderer, escapes from the custody of the patient Mattei... (imdb)
Italian army regulars resist the orders of a cruel general whose rigid interpretations of the rules call for a man to be shot.
In a prehistoric age, a group of men called "Scorpionids" are forced to flee their homeland, destroyed by a volcanic eruption. They land on an island of peaceful farmers, but soon learn that these also live in the shadow of pending destruction by an even more powerful volcano. Instead of accepting another ship so they may proceed on their journey, the visitors try to convince the inhabitants to leave the threatened island. The young ones agree, but the elders prefer their home.
A daring gang of bandits pull off a series of risky heists in Milan, murdering several innocent bystanders in the film's exciting opening getaway scene. Lizzani then moves the story backwards in time, painting a portrait of Milan as a seething hotbed of vice. Gian Maria Volonte gives an increasingly flamboyant performance as the gang's egomaniacal leader, whose Nazi-like belief in his own superiority proves to be the flaw which foils his plans... (allmovie.com)
The true story of the seven Cervi brothers, Italian farmers who joined the resistance movement against nazi-fascism.
History Professor Brad Fletcher heads west for his health, but falls in with Soloman Bennett's outlaw gang. Fascinated by their way of life, Fletcher finally takes over the gang, leading with a new 'efficient' ruthlessness. (imdb)
Caravaggio (1967) - TV Mini-Series
A movie for italian television about the life and struggles of the great painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.
A leftist professor wants the truth about two men killed during a hunting party; but the mafia, the Church and corrupt politicians don't want him to learn it. (imdb)
El Chuncho's bandits rob arms from a train, intending to sell the weapons to Elias' revolutionaries. They are helped by one of the passengers, Bill Tate, and allow him to join them, unware he is an assassin working for the Mexican government (imdb)
A group of rogues steal a scroll granting its bearer the property of the land of Aurocastro in Apulia (south of Italy). They elect a shaggy knight, Brancaleone from Norcia, as their leader, and decide to get possession of this supposedly wealthy land. Many adventures will occur during the journey. (imdb)
Film based on the real life of Luciano Lutring, an Italian criminal known as "the machine-gun soloist". (Wikipedia)
A historian goes to a castle library to translate some ancient erotic literature. While there he discovers what he believes to be supernatural forces at work. (imdb)
In this slow-moving, sentimental drama, Vittorio (Enrico M. Salerno) is a 40-year-old journalist who reaches a mid-life crisis. His wife nags him constantly for ignoring her and their child. After his mistress dumps him, Vittorio returns to the town where he spent his childhood to reflect on the state of his life. Flashbacks are used to tell of Vittorio's relationship with his parents as a child and the effects World War II had on his development. (ovguide.com)
Two bounty hunters with completely different intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw.
Vita di Michelangelo (1964) - TV Series
Directed by Silverio Blasi and written by Craven Romildo and Diego Fabbri on a story by Giorgio Prosperi, and based on the life of Italian artist Michelangelo Buonarroti.
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 wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.
Il taglio del bosco (1963) - TV Movie
Man loses wife and tries to accept the loss while working.
Venice, 1943. A group of partisans plot acts of sabotage against the Nazis.
Political activist Salvatore returns to his native Sicily and stirs up trouble among the peasants, urging them to confront the Mafia and demand the right to plough their own fields. (imdb)
The film shows the history of the Neapolitan popular revolt against the invading Germans, during the second world war... (imdb)
A helicopter crashes in the desert, and the crew winds up in the underground city of Atlantis and get mixed up in a slave revolt. (imdb)
Dramatic farce about four desperate prisoners trying to regain their social status. (bfi)
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)
Under Ten Flags is a fact-based British maritime epic set during World War II. Allied ships are being victimized by a German surface raider, which sails under friendly flags until moving in for the kill. The Germans seem the cleverest and most resourceful of all the combatants; at times, one hopes that they'll get away with their high-seas perfidy--especially since the captain is played by charismatic American actor Van Heflin. (Answers.com)