100+ YEARS OF THE GREAT ITALIAN MOVIEMAKERS
- 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.
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.
Lo Scopone Scientifico
An unlucky couple from the poor neighborhoods of the Roman barracks tries to beat a millionairess at cards. Starring three legends- Bette Davis, Silvana Mangano and Alberto Sordi.. Commedia all'Italiana at its best.
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.
Only for the Weekend
A recently fired copywriter addicted to psychiatric drugs, dumped by his frustrated wife, finds problems with old bully from high school.
The Passion of the Christ
Featured in our Cineturismo section, the film was shot at Cinecitta studios in Rome and on location in the southern Italian region of Basilicata with many Italian actors and actresses including Claudia Gerini, Sabrina Impacciatore, Monica Bellucci and Sergio Rubino.
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.
Set in a remote Greek village in the springtime of 1968, Uranya is the story of a group of teenage boys looking to the voluptuous village prostitute, seductively and sweetly played by Maria Grazia Cucinotta, to advance into manhood. The group is saving its pennies for some time alone with her until one boy becomes interested in astronomy upon receiving a copy of Life Magazine from his doctor, detailing the upcoming moonwalk. So he devises a plan to buy a television set to watch the historic event in lieu of the original plan.
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.
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.
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.