- In alphabetical order by director's last name
Fists in the Pocket
This 5-hour epic follows two friends through five decades of struggling though the dividing forces in Italian society.
Last Tango in Paris
Marlon Brando portrays a middle-aged American man with emotional baggage who has a passionate affair with a beautiful young French girl in Paris.
The Night Porter
Charlotte Rampling stars as a concentration camp survivor who comes face to face with her former abuser and lover after many years in this story of tortured, doomed love.
John Malkovich stars as a former hitman enjoying his retirement in a northern Italian villa. When he seeks revenge on a neighbor, he is inadvertently forced back into the game.
Starring the young and gorgeous Mickey Rourke and Helena Bonham Carter, Canavi's 1985 film Francesco is the story of St. Francis of Assisi told from the point-of-view of his followers.
Frank Zappa Summer '82: When Zappa Came to Sicily
Director Salvo Cuccia takes the children of Frank Zappa on a journey through their origins as he recounts the summer of 1982, when Zappa played a concert in Palermo that was halted halfway through.
Dustin Hoffman portrays a humble guy who thinks he married the woman (Stefania Sandrelli) of his dreams until he has to live with her day in and day out. The 1972 Italian comedy won a David Di Donatello for Best Film and scored Hoffman Honorary Citizenship in the town of Ascoli Piceno where it was shot. It is not available to stream as of now, but the DVD is available on Amazon.
Call Me By Your Name
Winner of an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Luca Guadagnino's delicate story of young love transports us into the decadence and innocence of his characters.
Valeria Solarino plays the part of Angela, a woman who falls in love with her childhood best friend, Sara, in the 2009 drama, Viola di mare (Purple Sea). Based on true events, the forbidden love story takes place in 19th century Sicily and shows how two women fight for their love.
The Dancer Upstairs
Laura Morante stars as a ballet teacher who falls in love with a police officer fighting organized crime.
The troubled members of a family with deep-rooted emotional problems struggle to coexist in Andrea Pallaoro's 2013 debut feature film.
Angel of Evil
Vallanzasca - Gli angeli di male (Angel of Evil) is the story of Renato Vallanzasca, the notorious Milanese criminal responsible for robberies and homicides, which spanned from the 1970s to the mid-80s. Adapted from the biography written by Renato Vallanzasca himself, Carlo Bonini and Antonella D'Agostino, Vallanzasca - Gli angeli di male offers a rare glimpse into the personal and criminal life of one of Italy's most ruthless gangsters.
Lina Wertmüller: Behind the White Glasses
A documentary about the life and career of the iconic director Lina Wertmüller with testimony from those who have worked with her and those who simply admire her.
Brutti, Sporchi e Cattivi
Ettore Scola's 1976 classic follows four generations of a family crowded together in a shantytown shack in the squalor of inner-city Rome. Patriarch-slumlord Giacinto has money from an accident settlement, but doesn’t share it with his family; when he starts spending it on a sex worker, his wife and sons plot against him.
Visit the countryside of Sicily in Giuseppe Tornatore's 2009 autobiographical epic, Baarìa. The film recounts three generations in the Sicilian village where he was born. Enrico Lo Verso takes on the role of Minicu, a character tracked across half a century age span. In a recent interview, Lo Verso told us that Minicu has been one of the most coveted roles of his career. To prepare for the part, he lived alone in a hut in the mountains of Sicily and reconnected with his Sicilian origins.
Rehearsal For A Sicilian Tragedy
"If you know who you are with your traditions, you will never lose your identity." That line comes from John Turturro's documentary, a love letter to the land and traditions of his Italian origins. The documentary is a project that came out of Turturro's research for a possible feature film in which he would play a Sicilian puppeteer.
Based on a fortuneteller's prediction, Romeo Spera, played by Verdone, decides that he and the enthusiastic dreamer, Iris Blond (Claudia Gerini) are destined for each other.
Giancarlo Giannini is Pasqualino Seven-Beauties (nicknamed for his seven sisters) a petty thief who commits murder to save the honor of his family. He is sent away to a concentration camp where he witnesses the worst of humanity.
This wonderfully politically incorrect film is the story of a socialite and workman who get stranded together on a deserted island in the Mediterranean.
The Seduction of Mimi
The hilarious tale of a Sicilian worker, played by Giancarlo Giannini, who loses everything because he refuses to vote a mobster into political office. Then he falls in love.
The 1954 Mid-Century Loves is a 52-minute gem, consisting of five short tales directed by Pietro Germi, Mario Chiari, Roberto Rossellini, Antonio Pietrangeli and Glauco Pellegrini. Each is a decadent piece of cinematic perfection with detailed sets, regional music and spectacular cinematography.
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