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1860 (Italy, 1934/1951)
Directed by Alessandro Blasetti. Cast: Aida Bellia, Giuseppe Gulino, Gianfranco Giachetti, Totò Maiorana, Mario Ferrari, Vasco Creti, Cesare Zoppetti, Ugo Gracci. In May 1860, the Sicilians rebelled against and defeated the troops of the King of Naples leading to the unification of Italy. This is a dramatization of the events surrounding the battle of Calatafimi. The use of non-professional actors, actual landscapes, natural light sources, and regional dialects make this epic film a precursor of the neorealism film genre. Contents: DVD 1. 1860 versione restaurata (1934, 74 min.) ; 1860 finale prima versione (1 min.) ; Blaseti parla dei suoi film (interview with Francesco Savio conducted 26 Jan. - 2 Feb., 1974) (22 min) ; Anita Garibaldi / Cineteca del comune di Bologna e Provincia di Ravenna, settore cinema ; regia Mario Caserini ; Cines (1910, tinted, 11 min.) -- DVD 2. 1860: i mille di Garibaldi (1951, 70 min.) ; 1860 (version originale) [recently recovered unrestored 16 mm print ] (1934, 73 min.). 78 min. DVD X3659; vhs 999:1550
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Ben-Ghiat, Ruth. "1860: the thousand of Garibaldi" In: The cinema of Italy Edited by Giorgio Bertellini ; [preface by Gian Piero Brunetta]. London ; New York: Wallflower, 2004. (Main; Moffitt: PN1993.5.I88 C5677 2004)

5 bambole per la luna d'agosto (5 Dolls For an August Moon) (Italy, 1970)
Directed by Mario Bava. Cast: William Berger, Edwige Fenech, Ira von Furstenburg. George Stark, a wealthy industrialist and playboy, gathers a group of bourgeois friends at his isolated island beach house for the weekend. His guest of honor is Gerry Farrell, a brilliant chemist who has discovered a remarkable new formula for a synthetic resin. Each of the businessmen wants to talk money, angering the others with secret bids and overbids, spawning an atmosphere of distrust. There is also enough sexual intrigue in the air, between the men and their various wives and mistresses, to compicate suspicions when the guests begin to turn up dead, one by one. 78 min. DVD X1444
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Accattone! (1961)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Franco Citti, Franca Pasut, Silvana Corsini, Paolo Guidi, Roberto Scaringella, Adriana Asti. The first of Pasolini's films presents a vivid picture of the Roman slums through a story of a pimp, his friends, his enemies and his girls. 120 min.DVD 1803; vhs 999:709
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Agata e la Tempesta (Agata and the Storm)
Directed by Silvio Soldini. Cast: Licia Maglietta, Giuseppe Battiston, Emilio Solfrizzi. Agata and the storm: When Agata, the popular bookshop proprietor and dispenser of sunny wisdom is suddenly wooed by a man almost half her age, her electricity hits high-voltage. Yet it is Agata's joy and magnetism in the face of life in all its irony that eventually offers the eye of the storm. 118 min. DVD 6310
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Le Affinita Elettive (The Elective Affinities) (1996)
Directed by Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Jean Hugues Anglade, Marie Gillain, Massimo Popolizio, Laura Marinoni. Based on the novel by Gothe, details the collapse of an aristocratic marriage. Carlotta and Edouard live a peaceful and happy life in a picturesque Tuscan villa. Their marital bliss is shattered when Edouard's closest friend Othon and Carlotta's goddaughter Ottilia arrive for an extended stay. A dinner conversation about 'elective affinities' in nature leads the four to experience the phenomenon in real life, drastically changing their lives forever. Based on the novel Wahlverwandtschaften by Johann Wolfgang Goethe. 98 min. DVD X5651; vhs 999:3615
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L'Albero degli zoccoli (Tree of Wooden Clogs) (1978)
Directed by Ermanno Olmi. Cast: Luigi Ornaghi, Francesca Moriggi, Omar Brignoli, Antonio Ferrari, Teresa Brescianini. Deceptively simple tale of a small community of peasants in Italy at the turn of the century. It follows four families through the seasons, and shows the seemingly small events that influence their lives and the love they feel for the land and their families. 185 min. DVD 2933
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Awards

Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Hirshfield, Claire. "Tree of Wooden Clogs" Film & History, Feb1981, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p18-20, 3p UC users only
McCormick, Ruth. "Tree of Wooden Clogs" Cineaste, Fall79, Vol. 9 Issue 4, p53-54, 2p UC users only
Monaco, James. "The Tree of Wooden Clogs." Cineaste, Winter2004, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p58-59, 2p UC users only

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Amarcord (1974)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Filled with remarkable images and techniques, Federico Fellini has created a funny and happy film of life under Fascism in Italy during the 1930's - and the interplay with the Church. The film is set in the seaside town of Rimini and is semi-autobiographical. 1974 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. 127 min. DVD 51 has optional English subtitles; VHS 999:6 is dubbed in English.
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Awards

Academy Award: Best Foreign Language Picture
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director

Le amiche (1955)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Cast: Eleonora Rossi Drago, Gabriele Ferzetti, Franco Fabrizi, Valentina Cortese, Yvonne Furneaux. Explores women's evolving role in society and the conflict between love and career. Clelia, a beautiful young woman who lands her dream job in a glamorous Italian fashion house soon finds herself plunged into a cruel world of phony, shallow people. She joins a rich, snobbish circle of friends, but becomes increasingly disturbed by their spitefulness and insincerity. Clelia finds the only honesty in her life in the pure love offered by Carlo, a young, socially impoverished assistant architect. Based on Tra donne sole by Cesare Pavese. 99 min. DVD X6176
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L'amore (Italy, 1948)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. In two parts: Una voce umana (based on Cocteau's monodrama "La voix humaine"); and, Il miracolo (from an unrealised scenario by Fellini, based on Valle-Inclán's novel "La flor de santidad"). Cast: Anna Magnani. La voce umana: A woman alone speaks on the telephone to her lover, who has broken off the affair to marry someone else. He calls her several times in one night: he lies, she apologizes, she takes the blame, she weeps, she pleads, she asks a favor. Her pain and desperation drive the simple story. Based on the play by Jean Cocteau (La voix humaine) Il miracolo: A homeless woman believes that a man she encounters on a hillside is Saint Joseph; he takes advantage of her. When she discovers she is pregnant, she knows it's a miracle. Other villagers mock her, and she has the baby alone, near a locked church, in the straw of a goat shed. Story by Federico Fellini, based on Valle-Inclán's novel "La flor de santidad". 102 min. DVD X5871
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Banned Films (regarding the banning of Il Miracolo)

Amore e rabbia (Love and Anger) (1969)
Directed by Carlo Lizzani, Bernardo Bertolucci, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Jean-Luc Godard, Marco Bellocchio. Cast: Tom Baker, Julian Beck, Judith Malina, Adriano Aprà, Nino Castelnuovo, Christine Gueho, Catherine Jourdan, Ninetto Davoli, Rochelle Barbini, Marco Bellocchio. A collection of 5 short linked stories of love, anger, and indifference set at the end of the 20th century. L'Indifferenza -- Agonia (il fico infruttuoso) -- La sequenza del fiore di carta -- L'amore -- Discutiamo, discutiamo. 102 min. DVD 4772
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Amore in città (Love in the City) (1953)
Five vignettes each by one of Italy's best film directors illustrating love in the city of Rome including stories with suicide for love, mother-love, and match-making agencies. Contents: Invitation to Love, by Dino Risi; When Love Fails, by Michelangelo Antonioni; Cheerfully Arranged, by Federico Fellini; The Love of a Mother, by Maselli-Zavattini; Love Comes to the City, by Alberto Lattuada. 90 min. vhs 999:2547
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L'angelo bianco (The White Angel)(1952)
Directed by Raffaello Matarazzo. Cast: Amedeo Nazzari, Yvonne Sanson, Enrica Dyrell, Alberto Farnese, Flora Lillo, Philippe Hersent, Nerio Bernardi, Virgilio Riento, Emilio Cigoli, Rosalia Randazzo, Olga Solbelli. The torment isn't over for the couple from Nobody's children: in this imensely satisfying, almost surreal sequel, the ship of sorrow sails on, this time with a plot that includes a boat accident, a doppelgänger, a prison riot, and so much more. 100 min. DVD X6077
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Apnea (2005)
Directed by Roberto Dordit. Cast: Claudio Santamaria, Fabrizia Sacchi, Michela Noonan, Diego Ribon, Giuseppe Battiston. In this obtuse inquiry that explores the notion of identity, a fencing master turned journalist, is unsettled by the death of his friend and fellow champion Franz. When he begins to look into Franz's life he discovers that there was much he didn't know, a process that focuses his own self-doubt and forces him onwards. 85 min. DVD X1170
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Assunta Spina (1915)
Directed by Gustavo Serena and Francesca Bertini. Cast: Francesca Bertini, Gustavo Serena, Carlo Benetti, Luciano Albertini. An operatic tale of love and sacrifice in turn of the century Naples. After being assaulted by her jealous lover Michele, Assunta becomes the mistress of a corrupt Don so she can visit Michele while he is in prison. When Michele is unexpectedly released, he discovers Assunta's "betrayal", setting the stage for the film's tragic finale. 147 min. DVD 4575
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L'Avventura (The Adventure) (1960)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Cast: Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari. Story about the search for a girl lost on an island after she mysteriously disappears on a yachting excursion. Gradually the searchers become pre-occupied with their own problems and the girl is never found. 142 min. DVD 931; vhs 999:19
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

Antonioni, Michelangelo. Screenplays. With an introd. by the author. [Translated by Roger J. Moore and Louis Brigante] New York, Orion Press [1963](NRLF (UCB) PN1997.A63 1963)

Le Bal (Italy | France | Algeria, 1983)
Directed by Ettore Scola. Cast: Christophe Allwright, Aziz Arbia, Marc Berman, Regis Bouquet, Chantal Capron, Liliane Delval, Martine Chauvin, Francesco De Rosa, Rossana Di Lorenzo, Etienne Guichard, Raymonde Heudeline, Arnault LeCarpentier, Olivie Loiseau, Nani Noel, Jean-Claude Penchenat, Jean-François Perrier, Anita Picchiarini, François Pick, Genevieve Rey-Penchenat, Danielle Rochard, Monica Scattini, Michel Toty, Michel van Speybroeck. Le Bal takes place in a hypothetical Parisian dance hall and its plot is communicated entirely through mime, its pop music soundtrack and period ballroom dances. The prologue section, set in present time, introduces viewers to the cast of characters. The music begins and in a series of flashback sequences that use key moments in modern French history as their backdrop, viewers are presented with a clever yet poignant social commentary of prewar, postwar and modern times. 107 min. DVD X4394
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Peters, Sally. "The Elegant Passion." Journal of Popular Culture; Spring92, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p163-171, 9p, UC users only

Gieri, Manuela. Contemporary Italian filmmaking: strategies of subversion ; Pirandello, Fellini, Scola, and the directors of the new generation. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, c1995. (Main Stack PN1993.5.I88.G437 1995)

I bambini ci guardano (The Children are Watching Us) (Italy, 1944)
Director, Vittorio De Sica. Cast: Emilio Cigoli, Luciano de Ambrosis, Isa Pola, Adriano Rimoldi, Giovanna Cigoli, Ione Frigerio, Maria Gardena, Dina Perbellini, NIcoletta Parodi, Tecla Scarano, Ernesto Calindri, Olinto Cristina, Mario Gallina, Zaira la Fratta, Armando Migliari, Guido Morisi. Follows a four-year-old boy who is trapped in a loveless family with his suicidal father and his adulteress mother.Based on the novel Prico by Cesare Giulio Viola. 84 min. DVD X5308
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Bellissima (Italy, 1951)
Director, Luchino Visconti. Cast: Anna Magnani, Walter Chiari, Tina Apicella, Gastone Renselli, Tecla Scarano, Lola Braccini, Arturo Bragaglia. Dreaming of a better life for her family, a star struck mother invests everything, including her last penny, into the dream that her daughter will be discovered at an open casting. 114 min. DVD X7193
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Benzina (Gasoline) (2001)
Directed by Monica Strambrini. Cast: Mariella Valentini, Chiara Conti, Marco Quaglia, Pietro Ragusa, Osvaldo Livio Alzari, Luigi Maria Burruano. Stella and Eleonora are from opposite ends of the social spectrum, but in love. When Eleonora's mom is killed by accident, the two must flee and dispose of the body in order to stay together. 90 min. DVD 4465
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Harris, Sue. "Gasoline" Sight and Sound 14:1 (January 2004) Issue p. 44 UC users only
Lucamante, Stefania. "Road Movies and Gas Stations: Monica Stambrini Benzina as Creation of Alternative Spaces." Quaderni D'italianistica, 2008, Vol. 29 Issue 2, P111-134, 24pUC users only

Besieged (Italy / UK, 1998)
Director, Bernardo Bertolucci. Cast: Thandie Newton, David Thewlis, Claudio Santamaria, John C. Ojwang. After her husband is arrested in Africa, Shandurai flees to an enchanting villa in Rome where she gains employment working for an eccentric recluse and falls in love. 92 min. DVD 6824
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La bestia nel cuore (Beast in the heart) (Italy / UK / France / Spain, 2005)
Director, Cristina Comencini. Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Alessio Boni, Stefania Rocca, Angela Finocchiaro, Luigi Lo Cascio. When Sabina becomes pregnant she begins to have nightmares of shadowy childhood memories. The only person with whom she can confide her secret fears is her brother Daniele who has moved from Italy to Charlottesville, VA. Sabina flies to the US to be with her brother and in the course of their reunion the two siblings uncover the beasts in their hearts: sexual abuse from their father now departed. How this discovery alters their lives is the denouement of the film. 116 min. DVD 9716
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Luciano, Bernadette; Scarparo, Susanna. "Back to the future: The Comencini sisters and their search for a cinematic language." Studies in European Cinema; Jul2007, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p137-148, 12p UC users only

Il Bidone (The Swindle) (1955)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Broderick Crawford, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Franco Fabrizi. An aging swindler, ringleader of a trio of petty thieves who impersonate priests to cheat peasants, finally realizes the futility of his life. 92 min. DVD 245; vhs 999:1215
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Big Deal on Madonna Street (I soliti ignoti) (1958)
Directed by Mario Monicelli. Cast: Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Toto, Renato Salvatori, Memmo Carotenuto, Rossana Rory, Carlo Pisacane, Tiberio Murgia, Claudia Cardinale. Five men conspire to burglarize a small-time jeweler's safe. When the time comes to carry out the scheme, the men become hopelessly clumsy and have to eventually give up and go home. 106 min. DVD X4083
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Young, Deborah. "Poverty, Misery, War and Other Comic Material: An Interview with Mario Monicelli." Cineaste, Fall2004, Vol. 29 Issue 4, p36-40, 5p UC users only

Blaise Pascal (1972)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Pierre Arditi, Rita Forzano, Giuseppe Addobbati, Christian De Sica, Livio Galassi, Bruno Cattaneo, Bepi Mannaiuolo, Marco Bonetti, Teresa Ricci, Christian Aleny, Bernard Rigal. Evoking the terror and desperation of the seventeenth century, this film brings to life Blaise Pascal, the philosopher and mathematician who, amidst religious persecution and ignorance, believed in a harmony between God and science. 129 min. DVD X1138
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Blood and Black Lace (Sei donne per l'assassino) (Italy | France | Monaco, 1964)
Directed by Mario Bava. Cast: Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Thomas Reiner, Mary Arden. The beautiful bodies of the models at Contessa Christina's fashion salon are usually covered with elegant, exclusive designs. Isabella's body is covered with blood. As inspector Silvester tries to uncloak the killer, he finds the design of the murder to be complex and stitched with mystery. Special features: Commentary by Tim Lucas; bonus music sound track, trailers: English, French; bonus Bavas; interviews with Cameron Mitchell and Mary Dawne Arden; photo gallery. 90 min. DVD X3829
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La boca del lupo (The Wolf's Mouth) (Italy, 2009)
Directed by Pietro Marcello. Cast: Vincenzo Motta, Mary Monaco. A touching tale of an enduring love found in the most improbable of places. The unlikely romance begins in prison, where Enzo, a macho hardman serving a long stretch for shooting a police officer, meets Mary Monaco, a transsexual inmate serving time for prostitution, who works in the laundry repairing clothes. Falling for each other, Mary promises to wait for Enzo once she gets out of prison. When she is released, Mary finds a home for them to share, but in the meantime, she becomes addicted to heroin. 76 min. DVD X6323
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Boccaccio '70: Scherzo in Quattro Atti (1962)
Four separate satires on morality, prudery, and hypocrisy, each directed by one of Italy's top filmmakers. Disc 1: 1. Renzo e Luciana (Renzo and Luciana). Director, Mario Monicelli. Cast: Marisa Solinas, Germano Giglioli. -- 2. La Tentazioni del Dottor Antonio (The temptation of Doctor Antonio). Director, Federico Fellini. Cast: Anita Ekberg, Peppino de Filippo. -- Disc 2: 3. Il Lavoro (The job). Director, Luchino Visconti. Cast: Romy Schneider, Tomas Milian, Romolo Valli. -- 4. La Riffa (The raffle). Director, Vittorio De Sica. Cast: Sophia Loren. 208 min total. DVD 5985
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Buongiorno, notte (Good Morning, Night) (2003)
Directed by Marco Bellocchio. Cast: Maya Sansa, Luigi Lo Cascio, Robert Herlitzka, Paolo Briguglia, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Giovanni Calcagno. A young woman, Chiara, moves into a new apartment with her husband. She conceals her true identity as a member of the Red Brigades, Italy's terrorist underground, which is currently planning to kidnap the Prime Minister. Based upon true events in 1978, the kidnapping and murder of Italy's former Prime Minister Aldo Moro. 103 min. DVD 5557
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Cabiria (1914)
Directed by Giovanni Pastrone. Cast: Letizia Catena, Letizia Quaranta, Gina Marangoni, Bartolomeo Pagano, Italia Mazini. The personal adventures of a Roman girl (Cabiria) and her two benefactors in the third century B.C. during the Second Punic War. Includes scenes of the eruption of Mt. Etna, sea battles, and Hannibal crossing the Alps. Opens with a brief description of the Italian genre of historical spectacular films, plus a history of the making of the film Cabiria. Based on Cabiria by Gabriele d'Annunzio. 123 min. DVD 410; VHS 999:1800
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Cherchi Usai, Paolo. "Pastrone, Giovanni." Encyclopedia of Early Cinema, 2005, p501-501 UC users only
Cherchi Usai, Paolo. "Cabiria, An Incomplete Masterpiece: The Quest For The Original 1914 Version." Film History 1988 2(2): 155-166 12p. UC users only

La caduta degli dei (The Damned)(Italy / West Germany, 1963)
Directed by Luchino Visconti . Cast: Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem, Helmut Berger, Renaud Verley, Umberto Orsini, Charlotte Rampling. Plot centers around the degradation of a great family, set against the historical background of the "Night of the long knives" and the rise of Nazism. 157 min. DVD 2502
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Il caimano (Le caiman; The Cayman)(Italy / France, 2006)
Directed by Nanni Moretti. Cast: Silvio Orlando, Margherita Buy, Jasmine Trinca, Nanni Moretti, Elio de Capitani, Dario Cantarelli, Antonio Catania, Cecilia Dazzi, Luisa de Santis, Giacomo Passarelli, Daniele Rampello. This film-within-a-film is centered on the figure of Italy's prime minister and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi, a subject so controversial that even the public television refuses to produce it. While film producer Bonomo's private life collapses piece by piece, as he's divorcing from his wife, and the bank is pressing him hard to pay back his long-standing debts, he finds out that struggling to get this movie filmed is the only thing that keeps him alive. 108 min. DVD 9702
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Cani arrabbiati (Kidnapped) (Italy, 1974)
Directed by Mario Bava and Alfredo Leone. Cast: Riccardo Cucciolla, Lea Lander, Maurice Poli, Luigi Montefiori, Aldo Caponi. After a botched robbery, three vicious criminals hijack a car and take hostages, becoming increasingly violent in their desperation. Features: Contains both the original version "Rabid dogs" (96 min.) and the new version "Kidnapped" (95 min.), "End of the road : making Rabid dogs and Kidnapped," audio commentary with author Tim Lucas, Mario Bava bio. 191 min. DVD X1443
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Caos calmo (1994)
Directed by Antonio Luigi Grimaldi. Cast: Nanni Moretti, Valeria Golino, Isabella Ferrari, Alessandro Gassman, Kasia Smutniak, Silvio Orlando. Pietro is a successful businessman with a wife and a daughter. One day he helps his brother save two women from drowning at the beach. When he returns home he finds that his wife has died. Now Pietro has to take care of his daughter, Claudia. When he drives her to school soon after, he decides to wait for her all day in front of the school, and soon that's what he does every day. He eats at the nearby cafe, gets to know the people who come by and follows from afar the developments at work. Pietro's brother expects him to snap out of it, but who will snap first? Based on the novel by Sandro Veronesi. 107 min. DVD X1171
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Il cappotto (The Overcoat) (1952)
Directed by Alberto Lattuada. Cast: Renato Rascel, Yvonne Sanson, Giulio Stival, Ettore Mattia, Giulio Calí. A poor city-hall clerks' only desire is for a new overcoat. The town Mayor is planning a reception for some visiting VIP's in honor of a new, wasteful piece of construction. The clerk bungles his assignment and is fired, but he stumbles onto some bribery concerning the architects and, to keep him quiet, he is given his job back as a bonus, which allows him to buy his long-cherished overcoat and it makes him so presentable he wins a new-found respect. Based on the story by Nikolai Gogol. 107 min. DVD X7147
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Caro Diario (Dear Diary) (1994)
Directed by Nanni Moretti. Nanni Moretti stars as himself in this whimsical comedy about a man who takes off on his motorcycle across Italy and the Lipari Islands of the Mediterranean in search of the true meaning of life. 100 min. DVD X2069; vhs 999:1602
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Best Director

Catene (Chains)(1949)
Directed by Raffaello Matarazzo. Cast: Amedeo Nazzari, Yvonne Sanson, Aldo Nicodemi, Teresa Franchini, Gianfranco Magalotti, Rosalia Randazzo, Roberto Murolo, Aldo Silvani. Matarazzo's breakthrough melodrama concerns the virtuous wife of a mechanic whose happy family is torn asunder when a former flame reenters her life by chance and pursues her relentlessly. 94 min. DVD X6074
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Cartesius (Italy / France, 1974)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Ugo Cardea, Anne Pouchie, Gabriele Banchero, Kenneth Belton, Vernon Dobtcheff, Renato Montalbano. René Descartes was known as the "Father of modern philosophy." Depicts the seventeenth-century thinker's agonized struggle to assert the primacy of reason. An intimate, psychological study of obsession and existential crisis. 162 min. DVD X1139
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Casanova (Il Casanova di Federico Fellini) (1976)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Donald Sutherland, Tina Aumont, Cicely Browne, Carmen Scariptta, Clara Algranti, Daniela Gatti. Donald Sutherland portrays the famous Casanova, a libertine who collects seductions and sexual feats, in his wanning days as he travels from a bubonic-plagued Venice to a syphilitic London and a tubercular Germany. 155 min. DVD 3323
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C'era un cinese in coma (A Chinese in a Coma) (2000)
Directed by Carlo Verdone. Cast: Carlo Verdone, Beppe Fiorello, Marit Nissen, Anna Safroncik, Nanni Tamma, Giorgia Bongianni. When Ercole Preziosi discovers that his driver, Niki Renda, has a natural talent for "sexy comedy", he puts him on the stage. How will Niki deal with his instant celebrity status and how will it affect Ercole and Niki's friendship and Ercole's family relationships? 105 min. DVD 9704
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C'eravamo Tanto Amati (We All Loved Each Other So Much) (1974)
Directed by Ettore Scola. Cast: Vittorio Gassman, Nino Manfredi, Stephania Sandrelli. In a retrospective allegory, Ettore Scola examines the lives of three resistance fighters and their transformation over thirty years. Each of these friends falls in love with the beautiful Luciana, an aspiring actress, testing the friendship and idealism they all shared. Throughout the story Scola pays tribute to the masters of Italian cinema by weaving classic film clips and iconic personalities into the background, as the film reveals which of the three friends remains true to the spirit of liberation they had once fought to achieve. 124 min. DVD 6097
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Best Foreign Film

Gieri, Manuela. Contemporary Italian filmmaking: strategies of subversion ; Pirandello, Fellini, Scola, and the directors of the new generation. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, c1995. (Main Stack PN1993.5.I88.G437 1995)

Le Chiavi di Casa (The Keys to the House) (2004)
Directed by Gianni Amelio. Cast: Kim Rossi Stuart, Charlotte Rampling, Andrea Rossi, Anita Bardeleben, Thorsten Schwarz, Bernd Weikert, Ingrid Appenrodth, Manuel Katzy, Dimitri Susin, Alla Faerovich. Gianni is reunited with Paolo, the 15-year-old physically handicapped son he has never seen, a son he abandoned at birth. The reunion is not Gianni's idea, but that of Paolo's doctor who hopes the connection will benefit the troubled boy. Gianni experiences a Pandora's box in Paolo, full of shocks and wonders, but eventually comes to appreciate the responsibilities and rewards of caring for a handicapped child. 107 min. DVD 5311
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Awards
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists - Best Director
Venice Film Festival - Best Film; Best Actor (Kim Rossi Stuart)

Beale, Lewis. "The Keys to the House" Film Journal International, Jan2005, Vol. 108 Issue 1, p41-42, 2p
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Bonsaver, Guido. "Keys to the House" Sight and Sound 15:4 (April 2005) p. 63
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Crowdus, Gary, et al. "Gianni Amelio Beyond Neorealism: Preserving a Cinema of Social Conscience." Cineaste; Dec95, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p6, 8p UC users only
Vitti, Antonio. The films of Gianni Amelio : the search for a cinema of social conscience, true to his roots Pesaro : Metauro, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.A52 V58 2009)

Ciao, Federico! (1975)
Directed by Gideon Bachmann. A study of the style and techniques of Federico Fellini, a creative international director of motion pictures. Filmed during the shooting of Fellini's Satyricon. 65 min. Video/C 2989
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Ciao maschio (Bye Bye Monkey) (Italy | France, 1978)
Directed by Marco Ferreri. Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Marcello Mastroianni, James Coco, Geraldine Fitzgerald. In the heart of New York City, Luigi and Lafayette, two foreign eccentrics, begin decaying in a surreal, rat-infested world. While walking along the Hudson River, Luigi discovers the corpse of King Kong. He also finds Kong's orphaned son, a newborn chimpanzee and brings him to his friend Lafayette, who decides to raise the infant as his own. Special features: Excerpt from the documentary "Marco Ferreri: the director who came from the future." 119 min. DVD 199; vhs 999:280
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Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) (Italy / France, 1988)
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. Cast: Antonella Attili, Salvatore Cascio, Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin. A young boy in a small Italian village is befriended by the projectionist at the movie theater, the Cinema Paradiso. As he grows up he learns to love films, and is encouraged by his good friend to pursue his dream of one day making movies. Special features: Disc 1. U.S. theatrical version. Commentary featuring director Giuseppe Tornatore with Millicent Marcus. Two new documentaries: "Exploring a timeless classic", "Little Italy love story: 'Cinema paradiso' style". Cucino paradiso--a Food Network tribute--easy entertaining with Michael Chiarello. Theatrical trailer and director's cut trailer -- Disc 2. The director's cut.121 min. DVD X1616; also DVD 3195 (PAL)
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Picture
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film; Best Actor (Philippe Noiret)
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize of the Jury
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
London Critics Circle Film Awards - Foreign Language Film of the Year; Actor of the Year (Philippe Noiret)

Di Salvo, Thomas J. "The Severed Cord: Solitude and Alienation in Giuseppe Tornatore's 'Nuovo Cinema Paradiso' and 'Stanno tutti bene'" Veltro: Rivista della Civiltà Italiana, vol. 40, no. 1-2, pp. 94-98, Jan 1996
Galt, Rosalind. "Italy's Landscapes of Loss: Historical Mourning and the Dialectical Image in Cinema Paradiso, Mediterraneo, and Il Postino." Screen, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 158-73, July 2002 UC users only
Galt, Rosalind. "The Dialectic of Landscape in Italian Popular Melodrama." In: The new European cinema : redrawing the map New York : Columbia University Press, c2006. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: MAIN: PN1993.5.E8 G35 2006; PFA : PN1993.5.E8 G35 2006)
Radstone, Susannah. "Cinema/Memory/History." Screen, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 34-47, April 1995
Schickel, Richard. "Cinema Paradiso." The Wilson Quarterly. Summer 1999. Vol. 23, Iss. 3; p. 56 (15 pages) UC users only
Thiel, Lydia Distefano. "Cinema Paradiso: Search for the Father." RLA: Romance Languages Annual, vol. 3, pp. 321-25, 1991

La Ciociara (Two Woman) (1961)
Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Cast: Sophia Loren, Jean Paul Belmondo, Raf Vallone, Eleonora Brown. Portrays an Italian mother who along with her daughter is raped by soldiers during World War II. After regaining consciousness she finds her daughter in a state of shock, and the rest of the film tells how they find their way back to life and survive the horror of war. Based on the novel by Alberto Moravia. 105 min. DVD X5758; vhs 999:2431
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Actress (Sophia Loren)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign Actress (Sophia Loren)
Cannes Film Festival - Best Actress (Sophia Loren)
Golden Globes - Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists - Best Actress (Sophia Loren)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Sophia Loren)

Nerenberg, Ellen. "Two Women" In: The cinema of Italy
Edited by Giorgio Bertellini ; [preface by Gian Piero Brunetta]. London ; New York: Wallflower, 2004. (Main; Moffitt: PN1993.5.I88 C5677 2004)
Young, Vernon. "Italy: The Moral Cinema: Notes on Some Recent Films." Film Quarterly Vol. 15, No. 1 (Autumn, 1961), pp. 14-21 UC users only

Vittorio De Sica bibliography

La Città delle Donne (The City of Women) (1981)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Ettore Manni, Anna Prucnal. This film expounds at length on the nature, complexities, attitudes, and hang-ups of women and how this all relates to men "hunting" sexual conquests. Snaporaz, a modern day Don Juan, finds himself in a surrealistic world of women as he dreams he follows a woman off a train and then loses her. Soon, as a representative of the male sex in general he finds himself in a hotel, among myriad women attending a feminist conference. 138 min. DVD 670; VHS 999:2771
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Awards
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists - Best Director

I Clowns (The Clowns) (1970)
Fellini's fascination with the circus and the surreal come to a head in one of his final masterpieces, The Clowns. The film reflects Fellini's childhood obsession with clowns and begins with a young boy watching a circus set up from his bedroom window. Though comical and referred to as a 'docu-comedy', this film explores deeper human conditions such as authority, poverty, humility and arrogance. 90 min. DVD X5384; Video/C 6883
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Come inguaiammo il cinema italiano
This informative documentary chronicles the lives and careers of the Italian comics Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia who formed a memorable duo in over 130 films in the 1970s and '80s. 2005. 97 min. DVD 9577

Commediasexi(2006)
Directed by Alessandro D'Alatri. Cast: Sergio Rubini, Paolo Bonolis, Margherita Buy, Stefania Rocca, Elena Santarelli. A powerful Italian married deputy, while trying to make a new law about family, is afraid his hidden relationship with a young starlet will be discovered. He has a lovely wife and two children so his loyal chauffeur Mariano helps him to keep his relationship with a TV starlet secret. But how much can the deputy ask Mariano to do, to avoid a scandal? 94 min. DVD 9719
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Comizi d'amore (Love Meetings ) (1964)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Documentary featuring director Pasolini asking questions about sex, love, and morality of a variety of people all over Italy. Features interviews with psychologist Cesare Musatti and author Alberto Moravia. 90 min. DVD 3722; Video/C 4744
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La Commare Secca (The Grim Reaper) (1962)
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Cast: Carlotta Barilli, Lorenza Benedetti, Clorinda Celani, Vincenzo Ciccora, Alvaro D'Ercole, Giancarlo De Rosa, Gabriella Giorgelli, Romano Labate, Silvio Lourenzi, Francesco Ruiu, Alfredo Leggi. The brutalized corpse of a prostitute is found in a Roman park, along the banks of the Tiber River. The police round up and interrogate a handful of possible suspects. Each has to explain why he is there. One of them is the killer. In Italian with optional subtitles in English; closed-captioned. 93 min. DVD 6425
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I coltelli del vendicatore (Knives of the avenger) (Italy, 1966)
Directed by Mario Bava. Cast: Cameron Mitchell, Elissa Pichelli, Fausto Tozzi, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Luciano Pollentin, Amedeo Trilli. Described as an Italian Viking film, or a Viking Western, this is a story of a mysterious knife-throwing viking warrior who protects a young peasant woman and her young son from the clutches of a evil regent bent on claiming the title of king and the woman for himself. 85 min. DVD 7574
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Il Conformista (The Conformist) (1970)
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Dominique Sanda, Repressing his homosexual drives, a young man strives for an "acceptable" life as a member of the Italian Fascist Secret Service and as a middle-class would-be wife-chaser, until an odd series of events makes him a willing murderer. DVD special features: "The rise of The conformist: the story, the cast"; "Shadow and light: filming The conformist"; and "The conformist: Breaking new ground". 108 min. DVD 7295; vhs 999:949
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Awards
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists - Best Supporting Actress (Lea Massari)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director

Le conseguenze dell'amore (Consequences of Love)(2004)
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Cast: Toni Servillo, Olivia Magnani, Adriano Giannini, Raffaele Pisu, Angela Goodwin, Diego Ribon. Everyone harbours a dark secret, but it's obvious that Titta Di Girolamo has more than one. Why else would a 50-year old man from southern Italy choose to live for eight years in an anonymous hotel room in an anonymous town in Switzerland? He seems to be a man without identity and with little to do, spending his time smoking and coldly observing the hotel's denizens, mostly the beautiful barmaid Sofia. A nullifying routine, he's constantly waiting for something to happen. And what is the story of the mysterious suitcases delivered to his door? 99 min. DVD 9720
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Così ridevano (The Way We Laughed)(1998)
Directed by Gianni Amelio. Cast: Enrico Lo Verso, Francesco Giuffrida, Fabrizio Gifuni, Rosaria Danzè, Claudio Contartese, Domenico Ragusa, Simonetta Benozzo, Pietro Paglietti. Two brothers emigrate to Turin to escape the poverty of their Sicilian hometown. The story unfolds over a period of six years. The older brother has the desire to see his brother, Pietro, become a school teacher. Giovanni makes tremendous sacrifices, unaware that Pietro is squandering the money given to him and skipping school. 122 min. DVD X6083
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (Christ Stopped at Eboli) (1979)
Directed by Francesco Rosi. Cast: Gian Maria Volonte, Paolo Bonacelli, Alain Cuny, Lea Massari, Irene Papas, Francois Simon. Levi, an intellectual exiled by the Fascist government during World War II to a mountain village in southern Italy, discovers the resilience and dignity of people who live close to the land. 145 min. DVD 2542
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film

Crowdus, Gary; Moore, Michael. "Francesco Rosi: Investigating the Relationship between Causes and Effects." Cineaste; Oct94, Vol. 20 Issue 4, p26, 2p UC users only
Lerner, Giovanna Faleschini "Francesco Rosi's Cristo si è fermato a Eboli: Toward a Cinema of Painting." Italica, vol. 86, no. 2, pp. 272-292, 2009 Summer UC users only
Veronese, Cosetta. "Memory in Cristo si è fermato a Eboli and Cronaca di una morte annunciata: Considerations of Francesco Rosi's Identity as a Director." Forum Italicum, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 335-352, 2008 Fall
Poet of civic courage : the films of Francesco Rosi / edited by Carlo Testa. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.R66 P64 1996)

Cronaca di un amore (Story of a Love Affair) (1950)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Cast: Massimo Girotti, Lucia Bos`e, Gino Rossi, Marika Rowsky, Ferdinando Sarmi, Rubi D'Alma, Anita Farra, Carlo Gazzapini, Nardo Rimediotti. Groundlessly jealous of his wife's romantic past, Enrico Fontana hires a private detective to finally determine whether she is fathful or not. Ironically, his suspicious attitude unconsciously brings his wife, Paola, together with Guido, a man with whom she had once been in love. Paola and Guido's past was clouded in tragedy. Giudo had been involved with Paola's close friend's death. Their passion rekindled once again, the lovers even get to the point where they are thinking about murdering Enrico. Special features: "Restoring a masterpiece"--Interviews with cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno and post-production technicians on the process; "Story of a peculiar night" - the screening of the restored print in Rome; "Identification of a masterpiece" - with assistant Bruno Roberti; "Fragments of a Love Affair" - on camera visit of the shooting locations with Francesco Maselli, reconstructing the genesis of the film; extensive poster & still gallery including behind the scene photos; Collectible booklet - including talent bio, two original interviews with Michaelangelo Antonioni and essay by Academy Award Nominee cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno on the restoration of the film. DVD X7060 special features (ca. 2 hrs.): "Identification of a masterpiece" documentary; "Story of a peculiar night" documentary; fragments of a love affair; restoring a masterpiece; poster gallery; stills gallery.98 min. DVD X7060; DVD 6670
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Il Decameron (The Decameron) (1970)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Jovan Jovanovic, Vincenzo Amato, Angela Luce, Giuseppe Zigaina. Pasolini's rendition of 8 of Boccaccio's tales. Includes lusty nuns who perform sexual "miracles," a cheating wife with a head for business, a dying con artist attempting a heavenly swindle, young lovers caught with their pants down, a servant who loses his head for love, and a gullible farmer who tries to turn his wife into a mare. 111 min. DVD 1903
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Il Deserto Rosso (Red Desert) (1964)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Cast: Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Xenia Valderi, Carlo Chionetti, Rita Renoir. Guiliana is the wife of Ugo, a plant manager in Ravenna. Recently released from the hospital after a car accident, Giuliana is in dire straits mentally, but Ugo thinks she's just hysterical. When she meets the charming Corrado, he seems sympathetic, shares her feeling of being lost, but he doesn't fully understand and his amatory advances are not what she needs. Living in the shadow of industry, surrounded by the blighted landscape of the mechanized wasteland, Guiliana faces the full horror of existential doubt alone, and modernist culture offers her no solace, comfort, or concrete prescription to alleviate her anguish. Special features DVD X3890: Commentary [optional audio feature]; Michelangelo Antonioni [featurette] (1964) (12 min.); Monica Vitti [featurette] (1990) (9 min.); Dailies [featurette] (28 min.); Gente del Po [featurette] (11 min.); N.U. [featurette] (12 min.); Trailer (4 min.); Booklet contains the essays "In This World" by Mark Le Fanu, "The Night, the eclipse, the dawn: Godard interviews Antonioni" and "Gente del Po and N.U." by Michelangelo Antonioni. 116 min. DVD X3890; DVD 186
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - FIPRESCI Prize; Golden Lion Award

Michelangelo Antonioni bibliography

Diario segreto da un carcere femminile (Women in Cell Block 7) (Italy / USA, 1973)
Directed by Rino Di Silvestro. Cast: Anita Strindberg, Eva Czemerys, Jenny Tamburi, Cristina Gaioni, Massimo Serato. The daughter of a kindapped Mafia boss goes undercover in a women's prison to obtain information from a prisoner whose dead boyfriend was transporting a missing load of heroin. The film is shot in an actual state-run women's penitentiary. 100 min. DVD X2486
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Diavolo in corpo (Devil in the Flesh) (Italy | France, 1986)
Directed by Marco Bellocchio. Cast: Maruschka Detmers, Federico Pitzalis, Anita Laurenzi, Alberto di Stasio, Riccardo de Torrebruna, Catherine Diamant, Anna Orso, Lidia Broccolino, Stephano Abbati, Claudio Botosso. Dealing with the legacy of Italy's "leaden years" and the aftermath of the social struggles headed by the extreme left wing revolutionary groups, Devil in the Flesh caused a critical uproar upon its release due to its highly-charged political and sexually frank subject matter. Giulia is engaged to marry Giacomo, who's sitting behind bars because of his political activity. Restless in her appetites and inner turmoil, she meets a young student named Andrea and a passionate affair quickly ensues. But when the day arrives in which she has to face whether she wants to share her life with Giacomo or Andrea, Giulia makes a surprising decision. Based on the novel by Raymond Radiguet. 114 min. DVD X5840
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Dillinger è morto (Dillinger is Dead) (1969)
Directed by Marco Ferreri. Cast: Michel Piccoli, Anita Pallenberg, Gigi Lavagetto, Carla Petrillo, Mario Jannilli, Maria Perego, Annie Girardot. A famous gas mask designer, trying to deal with his pill-addicted wife and the maid he is having an affair with, finds a gun that might have belonged to the famous John Dillinger. Special features: "Michel Piccoli" interview with actor Michel Piccoli; "Adriano Aprà" interview with Italian film historian Adriano prà; "Le Cercle de minuit" excerpts from a 1997 roundtable discussion about director Marco Ferreri, with filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci and Francesco Rosi and film historian Aldo Tassone, Theatrical trailer. 95 min. DVD X4067
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Williams, Evan Calder. "Un-Dimensional Man: Dillinger is Dead." Film Quarterly Jun 2010, Vol. 63, No. 4: 70-74. UC users only

Dillo con parole mie (Ginger and Cinnamon) (2001)
Directed by Daniele Luchetti. Cast: Stefania Montorsi, Giampaolo Morelli, Martina Merlino, Alberto Cucca. After breaking up with her boyfriend, 30-year-old Stefania vacations on the Greek "Isle of Love", and reluctantly agrees to chaperone her precocious 15-year-old niece, Meggy. But Stefania doesn't know that Meggy plans to lose her virginity before the summer is over, and the guy she has her eye on is none other than Stefania's ex. 104 min. DVD 6331
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Il divo: la spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti (Italy | France, 2008)
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Cast: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Guilio Bosetti, Giorgio Colangeli, Lorenzo Giorelli, Massimo Popolizio. Story of the seven-time Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti whose long career was dogged by persistent accusations of conspiracy, Mafia connections and state-sponsored terror. This compelling film explores the shocking political machinations and shady criminal underworld surrounding this fascinating and controversial figure. 110 min. DVD X2540
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists - Best Director; Best Actor (Paolo Sorrentino); Best Screenplay

Divorzio all'Italiana (Divorce Italian Style) (1962)
Directed by Pietro Germi. Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocca, Stefania Sandrelli. An Italian baron who is tired of his clinging wife, fantasizes about killing her as there is no divorce in Italy. He falls madly in love with his innocent young niece and begins to plan in earnest to kill his wife in a fit of passion when he finds her unfaithful to him. But first he must arrange for his wife to have a lover so that she may be unfaithful. 104 min. DVD 5929
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign Actor (Marcello Mastroianni)
Cannes Film Festival - Best Comedy
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture Actor, Musical/Comedy
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists - Best Actor (Marcello Mastroianni)

Rapfogel, Jared. "Divorce Italian Style." Cineaste, Winter2005, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p66-67, 2p UC users only
Reich, Jacqueline. "Masculinity, Sicilian style: Il bell'Antonio and divorce - Italian style." In: Beyond the Latin lover : Marcello Mastroianni, masculinity, and Italian cinema / Jacqueline Reich. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2688.M33)
Rhodes, John David. "Divorce Italian style." In: The cinema of Italy / edited by Giorgio Bertellini ; [preface by Gian Piero Brunetta]. London ; New York : Wallflower, 2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.I88 C5677 2004)

La Dolce Vita (1960)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimee, Yvonne Furneaux, Magali Noel, Alain Cuny, Lex Barker, Alain Dijon. Tabloid reporter Marcello's beat is Rome's international jet set. In pursuit of the next big scandal, Marcello is continually seduced and repulsed by the hedonistic lifestyle of the rich, amoral and bored to whom nothing is sacred. His values are being destroyed, leaving him totally disillusioned as he experiences the emptiness behind the glitz of "the sweet life." DVD special features: Disc 1. Audio commentary by noted critic and film historian Richard Schickel; Disc 2. Fellini TV - collection of never-before-seen Fellini shorts; Remembering the sweet life, interviews with Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg; Cinecitta, the house of Fellini, musical montage of Fellini's beloved studio; Fellini, Roma and Cinecitta, interview with Fellini; extensive photo gallery; restoration demo; biographies; filmographies. 174 min. DVD 2986; vhs 999:42
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Awards

Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists - Best Actor (Marcello Mastroianni)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

L'Eclisse (Eclipse) (Italy / France, 1962)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Cast: Alain Delon, Monica Vitti, Francisco Rabal. A young woman, after breaking off an affair with an older man, finds herself in Rome and alone. She becomes friends with a young stockbroker, but after he has an accident, she once again finds herself alone. 123 min. DVD 3644; vhs 999:131
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

Antonioni, Michelangelo. Screenplays. With an introd. by the author. [Translated by Roger J. Moore and Louis Brigante] New York, Orion Press [1963](NRLF (UCB) PN1997.A63 1963)

8 1/2 (Eight and a Half; Otto e mezzo) (1963)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee, Sandra Milo, Barbara Steele. Autobiographical film about a famous film director who loses his inspiration while making a movie. Much of the story is told in flashback sequences. DVD Disc two features Fellini's rarely seen first film for television, an imagined documentary, as well as a documentary about Nino Rota, the maestro behind the music of Fellini's films, interviews, still photographs and production photos connected with the film. 135 min. DVD 952; vhs 999:132
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Awards

Academy Award - Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Foreign Language Film

Enrico IV (Henry IV) (1984)
Directed by Marco Bellocchio. Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Leopoldo Trieste. Thrown from a horse, a modern aristocrat proclaims he is the 11th century king of the Holy Roman Empire. For 20 years he lives out this delusion until his former love visits with a plan to shock the madman back to reality. Based on the play by Luigi Pirandello. 95 min. DVD 5999
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L'età di Cosimo de' Medici (The Age of Cosimo de Medici)(1972)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Giorgio Gobbi, Cristiano Mancini, Marilena Paci, Stefano Accorsi. Like a Renaissance painting come to life, gives a portrait of fifteenth-century Florence ruled by the Medici political dynasty. Focuses on two of the city's leading citizens: banker Cosimo de' Medici and art theorist Leon Battista Alberti. 255 min. DVD X1137
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Forgacs, David. "Rossellini's Pictorial Histories." Film Quarterly, Spring2011, Vol. 64 Issue 3, p25-36, 12p UC users only

Farinelli, il Castrato (Belgium / France / Italy / USA, 1994)
Directed by Gérard Corbiau. Cast: Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein, Jeroen Krabbé. The true story of a world famous castrato in the 18th century. With charisma, talent, drive and success, Farinelli had everything: money, talent, fame, women, and the voice of an angel. He becomes obsessed with earning the respect of his brother's rival, the composer Handel. 110 min. DVD X1393
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Fascisti su Marte(2006)
Directed by Ferzan Özpetek. Cast: CGiorgio Gobbi, Cristiano Mancini, Marilena Paci, Stefano Accorsi. Antonia's husband is killed by a car and she learns he has been cheating on her with a man. Following her curiousity, she goes to see her husband's lover, Michele, and finds a huge apartment that he shares with gay and transgendered friends, leading her to a new world of love, friendship and sexuality. 100 min. DVD 9567
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Le Fate ignoranti (His Secret Life : "Ignorant Fairies") (Italy / France, 2001)
Directed by Ferzan Özpetek. Cast: Cast: Giorgio Gobbi, Cristiano Mancini, Marilena Paci, Stefano Accorsi. Antonia's husband is killed by a car and she learns he has been cheating on her with a man. Following her curiousity, she goes to see her husband's lover, Michele, and finds a huge apartment that he shares with gay and transgendered friends, leading her to a new world of love, friendship and sexuality. 106 min. DVD 2700
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Anderlini-D'Onofrio, Serena. "Bisexual games and emotional sustainability in Ferzan Özpetek's queer films." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film; 2004, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p163-174, 12p UC users only
Duncan, Derek. "Stairway to heaven: Ferzan Özpetek and the revision of Italy." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film; 2005, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p101-113, 13p UC users only
Giltz, Michael. "Young Turk in old Rome." Advocate; 10/1/2002 Issue 873, p58, 1p UC users only

Fellini's Roma (see: Roma)

Ferdinando e Carolina (Ferdinando and Carolina) (Italy / France, 1999)
Directed by Lina Wertmüller. Cast: Sergio Assisi, Gabriella Pession, Nicole Grimaudo. After an arranged marriage, King Ferdinando and Carolina discover that the one thing they have in common is sexual desire. The sovereigns continue to reign, oblivious to the tide of revolution threatening to tear France apart. 108 min. DVD 4418
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I fidanzati (The Fiances) (1963)
Directed by Ermanno Olmi. Cast: Anna Canzi, Carlo Cabrini. A young Milanese couple's stale and predictable relationship is tested when the man accepts a new job in Sicily, causing them to be separated for long periods of time. He is not long in Sicily before he begins pining for his true love. He tells her his feelings in a postcard and the relationship again begins to flourish. 77 min. DVD 9990
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Cardullo, Bert. "Married to the Job: Ermanno Olmi's Il Posto and I Fidanzali Reconsidered." Cambridge Quarterly, 2009, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p120-129, 10p UC users only

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Figli di Annibale (Children of Hannibal) (1998)
Directed by Davide Ferrario. Cast: Diego Abatantuono, Silvio Orlando, Valentina Cervi, Flavio Insinna, Elena Giove, Ugo Conti. A bungling bank robber, an uncooperative hostage with a secret, a gay policeman and a situation which goes rapidly from bad to worse are the ingredients of this often hilarious and unpredictable caper flick. 93 min. DVD X449
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I figli di nessuno (Nobody's Children)(1952)
Directed by Raffaello Matarazzo. Cast: Amedeo Nazzari, Yvonne Sanson, Françoise Rosay, Folco Lulli, Enrica Dyrell, Teresa Franchini, Gualtiero Tumiati, Alberto Farnese, Enrico Olivieri, Rosalia Randazzo, Olga Solbelli, Enrico Glori, Aristide Baghetti. A mountain of misfortune is heaped upon an impoverished village girl and a wealthy count who try to come together romantically despite the nasty machinations of his mother. 98 min. DVD X6076
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La Finestra di Fronte (Facing Windows) (Italy / UK / Turkey / Portugal, 2003)
Directed by Ferzan Özpetek. Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Massimo Girotti, Raoul Bova, Filippo Nigro, Serra Yilmaz, Massimo Poggio. Giovanna is a young working-class wife and mother, who has no time for the senile elderly man her husband has rescued from the streets. But as she uncovers the stranger's secrets, it unlocks a freedom within her heart she never expected; a freedom that will lead her to the arms of a neighbor she secretly adores, and to fulfillment her husband and family cannot provide. Non-US format DVD. 106 min. DVD 3021
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Geoffrey Macnab. "Facing Window." "Facing Windows." Sight & Sound, Oct2005, Vol. 15 Issue 10, p96-97, 2p
Lally, Kevin. "Facing Windows." Film Journal International, Jun2004, Vol. 107 Issue 6, p49-50, 2p UC users only

Il Fiore delle mille e una notte (Arabian Nights) (Italy / France, 1974)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti, Margaret Clementi, Tessa Bouche, Ines Pellegrini, Franco Merli. The tale follows the adventures of a slave girl as she rises to power over a great city. Around her revolve the stories of magic and lust, mystery and fantasy that derive from three cultures (Persia, Egypt and India) and range from the ninth century to the Renaissance. 133 min. vhs 999:2239
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

For a Fistful of Dollars (Per un pugno di dollari) (Italy / Spain / West Germany, 1964; dubbed into English)
Directed by Sergio Leone. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, John Wels, W. Lukschy, S. Rupp, Joe Edger. The first of the "spaghetti westerns" featuring a lean, cold-eyed, cobra-quick gunslinger, a cynical enigmatic loner, the first of the "anti-heroes." 99 min. DVD 4545; vhs 999:276
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Francesco, Giullare di Dio (The Flowers of St. Francis) (1050)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Brother Nazario Gerardi, Brother Severino Pisacane, Esposito Bonaventura, Aldo Fabrizi, Arabella Lemaitre. Told in a series of simple and joyous vignettes from the daily events and experiences of the Franciscans, conveys the universal teachings of humility, faith and sacrifice of the People's Saint and the order he founded. 87 min. DVD 4441
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Fratello sole, sorella luna (Brother Sun, Sister Moon) (Italy / UK, 1973)
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Cast: Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker, Alec Guinness, Leigh Lawson, Kenneth Cranham, Lee Montague, Valentina Cortese, Michael Feast, Nicholas Willatt. A compelling, insightful look at the early years of Saint Francis of Assisi, who abandoned a life of wealth and comfort to seek spiritual values, eventually founding the religious order of Franciscans. 121 min. DVD 2345
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Aste, Mario. "Zeffirelli's Personal Encounter with St. Francis: Brother Sun, Sister Moon." RLA: Romance Languages Annual, vol. 3, pp. 146-51, 1992
Kozlovic, Anton Karl. "Saint Cinema: The Construction of St. Francis of Assisi in Franco Zeffirelli's Brother Sun Sister Moon (1972)." Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, vol II, Fall 2002
William Johnson. "Brother Sun, Sister Moon." Film Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 4. (Summer, 1973), p. 60.

Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) (1963)
Directed by Luchino Visconti. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon. Set in Sicily in the 1800s, this film depicts Prince Salina, a great landowner, who watches the decrease of the aristocracy's power and influence during the 'Il Risorgimento', the unification of Italy under the royal House of Savoy. The upper class tries to ignore the nationalist movements, while the prince's rebellious nephew joins Giuseppe Garibaldi's revolutionaries. Based on the novel by Giuseppe Tommasi de Lampedusa. Special features DVD X3698: (Disc one) Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie. -- (Disc two) "A Dying Breed: The Making of The Leopard," a new hour-long documentary featuring interviews with actress Claudia Cardinale, screenwriter Suso Cecchi D'Amico, director of photography Giuseppe Totunno, filmmaker Sydney Pollack, and many others; Interview with producer Goffredo Lombardo; an exclusive video interview with professor Millicent Marcus of the University of Pennsylvania on the history behind The Leopard; original theatrical trailers and newsreels; stills gallery of rare behind-the-scenes production photos -- (Disc three) new transfer of the 161-minute American release, with English-language dialogue (including Burt Lancaster's actual voice); plus: a new essay by author and film historian Michael Wood. 180 min. DVD X3698; also DVD 1498 (PAL format DVD)
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or

Il generale della Rovere (General della Rovere) (Italy / France, 1959)
Director: Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Vittorio de Sica, Hannes Messemer, Sandra Milo, Giuseppe Rossetti, Giovanna Ralli, Anne Vernon, Baronessa Barzani. Film of intrigue and heroism within the Italian underground during the German occupation of Italy. Emanuele Bardone, a petty con man, fleeces his victims by posing as a colonel. Persuaded by the Germans to impersonate a partisan leader they have killed, he assumes the admirable qualities of the heroic officer and the German plan backfires. Based on the story by Indro Montanelli. Special features: Interviews with Isabella, Renzo, and Ingrid Rossellini, and film scholar Adriano Aprà ; visual essay by Tag Gallagher, author of The adventures of Roberto Rossellini ; original theatrical trailer. Booklet features an essay by film critic James Monaco and an excerpt from a 2000 interview with Indro Montanelli, author of the story that inspired the film. 132 min. DVD X2046
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion Award

Germany, Year Zero (Germania, anno zero; Deutschland im jahre null) (Italy, 1947)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Edmund Moeschke, Franz-Otto Kruger, Werner Pittschau, Erich Guhne. This film tells the story of a 12 year old boy who works with increasing desperation to support his family in war-torn Germany. He kills his sickly father, and then, unable to live with such a deed, kills himself. Filmed shortly after WWII in Berlin, a place filled with starving people, rampant crime, and a generation confused by the role their fathers played in one of history's greatest tragedies. Rossellini took people off the streets of Berlin to play the characters in this, his last Neo-Realist film, which poignantly captured the impoverished state of Berlin at that time. Based on a story by Roberto Rossellini. Special features on DVD X2863: Introduction by Roberto Rossellini (from 1963); opening credits and voice-over prologue from the Italian language release; Roberto Rossellini (a 2001 documentary by Carlo Lizzani); Letters from the front : Carlo Lizzani on 'Germany year zero,' (podium discussion with Lizzani from the 1987 Tutto Rossellini conference); video interview with Adriano Aprà; directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani discuss the profound influence Rossellini's films have had on them; Roberto and Roswitha (illustrated essay by Thomas Meder on Rossellini's relationship with Roswitha Schmidt). Accompanied by booklet featuring essays by James Quandt, Irene Bignardi, Colin McCabe, and Jonathan Rosenbaum. 75 min. DVD X2863; also DVD 1798; vhs 999:2790
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Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini (The Garden of the Finzi-Continis) (1970)
Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Cast: Lino Capolicchio, Dominique Sanda, Fabio Testi, Romolo Valli, Helmut Berger. This drama is set in Italy in 1938, when Mussolini's anti-Semitic edicts began to isolate the Jews from their communities. As the political atmosphere becomes increasingly hostile to Jewish citizens the handsome and carefree children of a cultured Jewish family, the Finzi-Continis, turn their home into a refuge for their young friends. In an atmosphere of emotional instability, they play out hearbreaking romantic rituals which spiral into tragedy as Fascism gradually descends upon their world. 94 min. DVD 5520; vhs 999:1909
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Awards
Academy Award - Foreign Language Film

Giganti della Tessaglia (Giants of Thessaly) (aka. I Giganti della Tessaglia ; Gli argonauti ; The argonauts) (Italy | France, 1960)
Directed by Riccardo Freda. Cast: Roland Carey, Ziva Rodann, Alberto Farnese, Massimo Girotti. Jason and Orpheus leave Thessaly on a quest for the magical Golden Fleece. On their adventures they encounter an assortment of monsters, wizards and a witch. 73 min. DVD X4875
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Ginger e Fred (Ginger and Fred) (Italy / France / West Germany, 1986)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Giulietta Masina, Marcello Mastroianni, Franco Fabrizi, Martin Blau, Francesco Casale. A former dance team that used to earn its living in Italian dance halls by imitating the routines of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, reunites thirty years later to do a television variety show. Fred is the same as ever drinking and chasing women, but Ginger has matured and gotten married, yet fond remembrances of former days still gleam in her eyes. Together they learn that they can never leave the past behind. 128 min. vhs 999:2577
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Una giornata particolare (A Special Day) (Italy | Canada, 1977)
Directed by Ettore Scola. Cast: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon, Francoise Berd, Nicole Magny, Patrizia Basso, Tiziano De Persio, Maurizio Di Paolantonio, Antonio Garibaldi, Vittorio Guerrieri, and Alessandra Mussolini. The film is set during the late 1930s: the occasion is the first meeting between Mussolini and Hitler. Left alone in her tenement home when her fascist husband runs off to attend the historic event, Sophia Loren strikes up a friendship with her homosexual neighbor Mastroianni. As the day segues into night, Loreon and Mastroianni develop a very special relationship that will radically alter both of their outlooks on life. 105 min. DVD X3351
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Gieri, Manuela. Contemporary Italian filmmaking: strategies of subversion ; Pirandello, Fellini, Scola, and the directors of the new generation. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, c1995. (Main Stack PN1993.5.I88.G437 1995)

Giulietta degli spiriti (Juliet of the Spirits) (1965)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Giulietta Masina, Sylvia Koscina, Valentina Cortese, Sandra Milo, Valeska Girt, Lou Gilbert, Milena Vukotic. "Juliet lives in a beautiful house by the ocean. Her sisters, and especially her Mother overshadow her with their beauty. She is a spiritual, superstious and naive woman. She visits a psychic seer who tells her she must follow the sex trade in order to be happy. Not long after she meets her eccentric and sexy neighbour, Suzy, who, by all counts appears to be a high class prostitute and encourages Juilet into sexual acts which make her guilty and nervous. A rare night when her husband is at home she wakes up to catch him talking to another woman on the phone. He calls out the name "Gabriella" while sleeping, but when she questions him he lies his way out of it. She finds out who Gabriella is and fears her husband will leave her. Juliet begins having visions who accuse and terrorise her. The pinnacle of the visions comes at the end where it is implied she realises she would be better off without her husband and is ultimately emotionally emancipated." [imdb.com] 140 min. DVD 72; VHS 999:389
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Awards

Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

La giusta distanza (The Right Distance) (2007)
Directed by Carlo Mazzacurati. Cast: Giovanni Capovilla, Valentina Lodovini, Ahmed Hefiane, Giuseppe Battiston, Fabrizio Bentivoglio. The arrival in town of fetching teacher Mara turns more than a few heads, including that of Hassan, a local immigrant mechanic from Tunisia. Mara herself finds a dearth of acceptable suitors in the community, except for Guido, a bus driver; problem is, he's already romantically involved with another. Mara then finds Hassan spying through her window one night and begins a romance with the mechanic, without recognizing the extent of what she's getting herself into. 107 min. DVD 9718
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Gomorra (Gomorrah)(2008)
Directed by Matteo Garrone. Cast: Toni Servillo, Gianfelice Imparato, Maria Nazionale, Salvatore Cantalupo, Gigio Morra, Salvatore Abruzzese, Marco Macor, Ciro Petrone, Carmine Paternoster. With five different storylines, dramatizes the workings of the Italian organized syndicate known as the Camorra. One story involves a waste-management scheme that illegally dumps industrial waste. Another revolves around a man who delivers cash to the families of Camorra members who are in prison or who have been killed. Also features the story of teenage boys who aspire to be "Scarface" and even younger boys who become drug-pushers. The last story is about a tailor threatened by the Camorra, who are involved in the distribution of supposedly high-end fashions that actually are fakes made in China. Based on the non-fiction book: Gomorra by Roberto Saviano. DVD X1169: Special features: Ciro e Marco; Estratto dal Backstage; "Gomorra 5 storie brevi"; trailer. DVD X7296: Special features: Disc 1. original theatrical trailers. Disc 2. "Gomorrah: five short stories" making of documentary (Fandango Productions, 2008, directed by Melania Carucci, 62 min.); Interview with director Matteo Garrone (2009, 23 min.) ; Interview with actor Toni Servillo (2009, 14 min.); Interview with Roberto Saviano (directed by Melania Carucci, 2009, 43 min.); "Actors" featurette (11 min.); Deleted scenes (13 min.). 130 min. DVD X7296; DVD X1169
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival: Grand Prize
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists - Silver Ribbon of the Year

Antonello, Pierpaolo "Dispatches from Hell : Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah" In: Mafia movies : a reader / edited by Dana Renga. Toronto ; Buffalo [N.Y.] : University of Toronto Press, c2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M23 M34 2011)
Covino, Michael. "La Malavita: Gomorrah and Naples." Film Quarterly Jun 2009, Vol. 62, No. 4: 72-75. UC users only
Garcia, Maria. "Gomorrah." Film Journal International, Feb2009, Vol. 112 Issue 2, p35-36, 2p UC users only
Pezella, Mario. "Seeing Evil. Notes on Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah." Iris: European Journal of Philosophy & Public Debate, Apr2009, Vol. 1 Issue 1, p246-249, 4p UC users only
Radovic, Rajko. "McMafia rising." Film International , 2009, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p6-11, 6p UC users only
Ratner, Megan. "The Gomorrah Doctrine." Film Quarterly Jun 2009, Vol. 62, No. 4: 77-79. UC users only
Yue, Genevieve. "Gomorrah." Film Comment, Jan/Feb2009, Vol. 45 Issue 1, p70-71, 2p UC users only

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo) (Italy / Spain, 1966; dubbed into English)
Directed by Sergio Leone. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffre. During the American Civil War, three men seek hidden loot. With greed as their sole motivation, they overcome anything that gets in their way--including each other. 162 min. DVD 4546; vhs 999:832, parts 1 & 2
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Il Grido (The Outcry) (1957)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Cast: Steve Cochran, Alida Valli, Dorian Gray, Betsy Blair. The narrative follows Aldo, a young refinery mechanic who, when faced with the sudden end of a seven-year affair with a married woman (Irma), abandons his past and embarks on an aimless quest with their young daughter in tow. His travels take him to the home of an old flame, to a filling station owned by a lonely widow and into the arms of a prostitute in a fishing village but ultimately he realizes he can love only Irma. In Italian with English subtitles. 115 min. DVD 5919; vhs 999:2401
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Antonioni, Michelangelo. Screenplays. With an introd. by the author. [Translated by Roger J. Moore and Louis Brigante] New York, Orion Press [1963](NRLF (UCB) PN1997.A63 1963)

Haman: Il Bagno Turco (The Turkish Bath) (Italy / Turkey / Spain, 1995)
Directed and written by Ferzan Özpetek. Cast: Alessandro Gassman, Francesca d'Aloja, Halil Ergun, Serif Sezer, Carlo Cecchi, Alberto Maolinari. Francesco travels from Rome to Istanbul to claim his inheritance and discovers that it is a decaying turkish bath in the city's ancient quarters. He is so taken by life in the city that he decides to stay and restore the hamam, a decision which opens up his life to an array of powerful new emotions. PAL format. In Italian and Turkish with English subtitles. 96 min. vhs 999:3046
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Anderlini-D'Onofrio, Serena. "Bisexual games and emotional sustainability in Ferzan Özpetek's queer films." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film; 2004, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p163-174, 12p UC users only
Cacoulidis, Cleo. "Steam: The Turkish Bath." Cineaste. New York: 1999. Vol. 24, Iss. 2/3; p. 96 (1 page)UC users only
Girelli, Elisabetta. "Transnational Orientalism: Ferzan Özpetek's Turkish dream in Hamam (1997)." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film | Volume: 5 | Issue: 1 | Pps: 23-38 UC users only
Smith, Paul Julian. "Haman." Sight and Sound. Nov 1998. Vol. 8, Iss. 11; p. 52 (2 pages) UC users only

Hanging Shadows: Perspectives on Italian Horror Cinema
With its roots in the pulpy crime novels of the 1920s and 30s, Giallo cinema or Italian horror cinema, as it's more commonly known, first emerged in the late 1960s. Following the neo-realists, the giallo films represented a radical break with Italy's cinematic past. This documentary presents an informative historical overview of the giallo genre, exploring its genesis and chronicling the films, directors, and personalities that made up its golden age. Includes interviews with a fascinating group of filmmakers who redefined the horror genre and forever changed the way we think of horror films. Written, produced and directed by Paolo Fazzini. Dist.: Cinema Guild. c2006. 60 min. DVD 8604

La hora de la religión (Il sorriso di mia madre) (My Mother's Smile) (Italy, 2002)
Directed by Marco Bellocchio. Cast: Sergio Castellitto, Jacqueline Lustig, Chiara Conti, Gigio Alberti, Alberto Mondini, Gianfelice Imparato, Piera Degli Esposti, Toni Bertorelli, Gianni Schicchi Gabrieli, Maurizio Donadoni, Donato Placido, Renzo Rossi, Pietro Da Silva, Bruno Cariello. A celebrated painter receives a visit from a cardinal's assistant, who informs him that his mother could become a saint. 102 min. DVD X5829
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Ieri, Oggi, Domani (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)(Italy / France, 1963)
Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Cast: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni. Three humorous tales (Adelina of Naples; Anna of Milan; Mara of Rome) that portray Italian women who manipulate their sexual favors to get what they want out of the self-centered men in their lives. 120 min. DVD 5534; vhs 999:2430
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Vittorio De Sica bibliography

L'imbalsamatore (The Taxidermist (2002)
Directed by Matteo Garrone. Cast: Ernesto Mahieux, Valerio Foglia Manzillo, Elisabetta Rocchetti, Pietro Biondi, Lina Bernardi. Peppino is a taxidermist who stashes contraband in corpses for the Mafia. He may be undersized, but he shouldn't be underestimated. After Peppino persuades the handsome Valerio, a waiter of heroic proportions, to be his assistant, he shows his new protégé a good time by hiring prostitutes to entertain them both. But Peppino's eyes are not on the girls ... and Valerio's new girlfirend knows it. The battle for Valerio's affections are about to take a deadly turn. 96 min. DVD X1173
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Indiscretion of an American Wife, & Terminal Station (Stazione termini) (Italy / USA, 1954)
Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Cast: Jennifer Jones, Montgomery Clift, Richard Beymer. An American housewife vacationing in Italy reluctantly decides to put an end to her brief affair with an Italian academic. She flees to Rome's Stazione Termini, where she bids him farewell, but he begs her to stay. The troubled collaboration between director Vittorio De Sica and producer David O. Selznick resulted in two cuts of the same film. De Sica's version, Terminal Station, was screened at a length of one-and-a-half hours, but after disappointing previews, Selznick severely re-edited it and changed the title to Indiscretion of an American Wife without De Sica's permission. Both versions of this controversial release are presented here. Dialogue by Truman Capote. pecial Features: Exclusive audio commentary on Indiscretion by film scholar Leonard Leff (Hitchcock and Selznick: The Rich and Strange Collaboration of Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick) ; original theatrical trailer ; promotional materials. Indiscretion of an American wife (72 min.) / Selznick's cut, including the Patti Page-performed overture "Autumn in Rome" and "Indiscretion" -- Terminal Station = Stazione termini (89 min) / De Sica's original version 72 min., 89 min. DVD 1851
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L'innocente (1976)
Directed by Luchino Visconti. Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Jennifer O'Neill, Didier Haudepin, Rina Morelli, Massimo Girotti. After becoming bored with his timid wife, a wealthy aristocrat begins an exciting affair. Upon learning that his wife is having a torrid affair of her own, he is tormented by her infidelity and descends into madness, commiting a cruel and horrifying act. Based on the novel by Gabriele D'Annunzio. 127 min. DVD X1714
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Intervista (1987)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Fellini, Anita Ekberg, Marcello Mastroianni. A dramatization of the life of the Italian motion picture director Federico Fellini, framed in the form of an interview conducted by a Japanese film crew. As the interview progresses Fellini's mind wanders to his earliest days. With the co-operation of Fellini's loyal co-workers, the viewer is permitted to see tantalizingly brief excerpts (some self-mocking) of Fellini's modus operandi. 108 min. DVD 5947; vhs 999:2578
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Io Non Ho Paura (I'm Not Scared) (Italy / Spain / UK, 2003)
Directed by Gabriele Salvatores. Cast: Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Dino Abbrescia, Giorgio Careccia, Riccardo Zinna, Michele Vasca, Susy Sanchez, Antonella Stefanucci, Giuseppe Cristiano, Mattia di Pierro. While playing outside one day in a wheat field, nine-year-old Michele discovers Filippo, who is chained to the ground at the bottom of a hole. Michele witnesses town bad boy Felice nearby and suspects something bad is happening. Michele is unsure whom he should tell about his discovery, eventually spilling the tale to his closest friend. When Michele's parents learn of his discovery, they warn him to forget whatever he saw. 102 min. DVD 3107
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Awards
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists - Best Director

Kemp, Philip. "I'm Not Scared." Sight & Sound, Mar2004, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p46-47, 2p UC users onlyO'Riley, Michael "Organized crime and unfulfilled promises in Gabriele Salvatores' I'm not scared" In: Mafia movies : a reader / edited by Dana Renga. Toronto ; Buffalo [N.Y.] : University of Toronto Press, c2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M23 M34 2011)

Maule, Rosanna. "For an Impure Cinema: Gabriele Salvatores and the Hybrid Nature of Film Authorship in Contemporary Italian Cinema." In: Beyond auteurism: new directions in authorial film practices in France, Italy Bristol, UK ; Chicago, USA : Intellect, c2008. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])

Io sono l'amore (I Am Love) (2009)
Directed by Luca Guadagnino. Cast: Edoardo Gabbriellini, Flavio Parenti, Marisa Berenson, Tilda Swinton. The wealthy Recchi family has undergone sweeping changes. Eduardo Sr. has named a successor to the reins of his company, and surprised everyone by splitting power between his son Tancredi and grandson Edo. But Edo had always dreamed of opening a restaurant with his friend Antonio. To make matters worse, the very foundation of the entire family may be totally shattered after Tancredi's wife Emma falls deeply in love with Antonio and begins a passionate love affair. 120 min. DVD X4789
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Kapò (Yugoslavia / France / Italy, 1959)
Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. Cast: Susan Strasberg, Laurent Terzieff, Emmanuele Riva, Didi Perego. The story of a Jewish girl from Paris sent to a concentration camp during World War II and her struggle to survive by becoming a collaborator. 92 min. DVD X3859; vhs 999:2383
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Ladri di Biciclette (Bicycle Thief; Bicycle Thieves ) (1949)
Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Cast: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola. "The film tells the story of Antonio Ricci, an unemployed worker who gets a job posting flyers in the depressed post-World War II economy of Italy. To keep the job, he must have a bicycle, so his wife Maria sells her wedding sheets to get the money to get his bicycle from the pawnbroker. Early in the film, the bike is stolen, and Antonio and his son Bruno spend the remainder of the film searching for it. Antonio manages to locate the thief (who had already sold the bicycle) and summons the police, but with no proof and with the thief's neighbors willing to give him a false alibi, he abandons this cause. At the end of the film Antonio, desperate to keep his job, attempts to steal a bicycle himself. He is caught and humiliated in front of Bruno, but the owner of the bicycle declines to press charges, realizing that the humiliation is punishment enough. Antonio and his family face a bleak future as the film ends, coupled with Antonio's realization that he is not morally superior to the thief." [Wikipedia] Special features on DVD 7407: "Working with De Sica": a collection of new interviews with screenwriter Suso Cecchi D'Amico, actor Enzo Staiola, and film scholar Callisto Cosulich; "Life as it is": new program on the history of Italian neorealism in cinema, with scholar Mark Shiel; documentary on screenwriter and longtime Vittorio De Sica collaborator Cesare Zavattini, directed by Carlo Lizzani. 90 min. DVD 7407 (Criterion); DVD 23; VHS 999:116
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Awards

Special Academy Award - Foreign Language Film
Golden Globes, USA - Best Foreign Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film; Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director

Il ladro di bambini (The Stolen Children) (1992)
Directed by Gianni Amelio. Cast: Enrico Lo Verso, Valentina Scalici, Giuseppe Ieracitano, Florence Darel, Marina Golovine, Renato Carpentieri, Vitalba Andrea. Antonio, a policeman, is ordered to take two children, Rosetta and her brother Luciano, from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage after their mother has been arrested for forcing Rosetta to work as a prostitute. In the Neo-realist tradition, Antonio helps these two damaged children discover, for a few days, the childhood that has been denied them. 111 min. DVD X6010
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Lamerica (Italy / France, 1994)
Directed by Gianni Amelio. Cast: Enrico Lo Verso, Michele Placido, Piro Milkani, Carmelo Di Mazzarelli, Elida Janushi, Sefer Pema, Idajet Sejdia, Marieta Ljarja. After 50 years of communist rule, a poverty stricken Albania finds itself overrun with exploitative capitalists, in particular two Italian businessmen looking to prosper in the changing economy. Forced to name an Albanian citizen as their company's acting chairman, they find the perfect pawn in a deranged former political prisoner. But when he suddenly disappears the Italians begin a journey that will ultimately reshape the integrity of their souls. Special DVD features: Deleted scenes (9 min.), alternate ending (5 min.); photo album; poster gallery; Italian theatrical trailers (2 min.). 135 min. DVD 8996; vhs 999:2660
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Agovino, Michael J. "Mind fixed on the moment, eyes on the past." Migration World Magazine; 1996, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p49, 1p
Crowdus, Gary, et al. "Gianni Amelio Beyond Neorealism: Preserving a Cinema of Social Conscience." Cineaste; Dec95, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p6, 8p UC users only
D'Eliz-Zunino, Renee "The myth of whiteness and a changing Italy: historic memory and colonialist attitudes in Lamerica." In: At home and abroad : historicizing twentieth-century whiteness in literature and performance / edited by La Vinia Delois Jennings. Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN56.3.W45 A8 2009)
Delaney, Kate. "Are We There Yet? Immigration to "America" in Post-Cold War Cinema." European Contributions to American Studies; Oct2005, Vol. 60, p49-56, 8p UC users only
Iordanova, Dina. "Balkan film representations since 1989: the quest for admissibility." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television; 1998, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p263-280, 18p UC users only
O'Healy, Áine. "Lamerica." In: The cinema of Italy
Edited by Giorgio Bertellini ; [preface by Gian Piero Brunetta]. London ; New York: Wallflower, 2004. (Main; Moffitt: PN1993.5.I88 C5677 2004)
Parvulescu, Constantin. "Inside the Beast's Cage: Gianni Amelio's Lamerica and the Dilemmas of Post-1989 Leftist Cinema." Italian Culture, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 50-67, 2010 Mar UC users only
Vitti, Antonio. The films of Gianni Amelio : the search for a cinema of social conscience, true to his roots Pesaro : Metauro, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.A52 V58 2009)

Amelio, Gianni Lamerica : sceneggiatura originale dell'omonimo film di Amelio / Gianni Amelio, Andrea Porporati, Alessandro Sermoneta. Mantova : Circolo del cinema, 1999.
Amelio, Gianni. Mantova : Circolo del cinema, 1999. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.L21123 A54 1999)

Last Tango in Paris (Ultimo tango a Parigi; Le Dernier Tango a Paris) (Italy / France, 1972)
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Cast: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Maria Michi, Giovanna Galletti, Jean-Pierre Leaud. An American widower in Paris, desolate at the unexplained suicide of his wife, plunges into an erotic affair with a young French girl half his age with tragic consequences 131 min. DVD 303; VHS 999:983
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Awards

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists - Best Director
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actor

La legge (The Law) (Italy | France, 1959)
Directed by Jules Dassin. Cast: Gina Lollobrigida, Marcello Mastroianni, Yves Montand, Pierre Brasseur, Melina Mercouri. A beautiful young woman in a sleepy Italian village is desired by the son of a mobster, but she only has eyes for a handsome young engineer. Unfortunately, he is as poor as she is so Marietta decides to steal a dowry. In so doing she exposes the town's biggest lies. Based on the novel by Roger Vailland. Special features: Feature length audio commentary ; alternate ending ; 1958 episode of Cinépanorama ; 1957 television interview with La loi novelist Roger Vailland ; documentary ; original trailer ; exclusive essay by Haden Guest. 121 min. DVD X5122
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La leggenda di Al, John e Jack (The Legend of Al, John and Jack) (2002)
Directed by Aldo, Giacomo, Giovanni, Massimo Venier. Cast: Aldo Baglio, Giovanni Storti, Giacomo Poretti, Aldo Maccione. Al Caruso, John Gresco and Jack Amoruso are a trio of klutzy mobsters working for the Genovese family. When they are given one last chance : To protect the boss's aunt, she is accidentally killed and the three men are sentenced to death. They come up with a plan to sell the boss to the police and the FBI. However, Al suffers from short-term memory loss and has to be told the story by John and Jack. 102 min. DVD X1172
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La leggenda del Santo Bevitore (The Legend of the Holy Drinker) (Italy | France, 1988)
Directed by Ermanno Olmi. Cast: Rutger Hauer, Anthony Quayle, Sandrine Dumas, Dominique Pinon. Rutger Hauer plays an alcoholic derelict in 1930s Paris who comes into a large sum of money. Though his benefactor is a human stranger, Hauer attributes his windfall to Santo Bevitor, or the "saint of drunkards." When Hauer tries to pay back the favor, he is constantly thwarted by society's "better" people. Based on the novel by Joseph Roth. 125 min. DVD X5037
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Lisa e il diavolo (Lisa and the Devil) (Italy, 1974)
Directed by Mario Bava and Alfredo Leone. Cast: Telly Savalas, Elke Sommer, Sylva Koscina, Alessio Orano, Gabriele Tinti, Kathy Leone, Eduardo Fajardo, Alida Valli. Lisa is a tourist in an ancient city. When she gets lost, she finds an old mansion in which to shelter. Soon, she is sucked into a vortex of deception, debauchery and evil presided over by housekeeper Leandre. Videodisc release of a 1973 motion picture: Lisa and the devil (95 min.) and its 1975 re-edited version, titled: The house of exorcism (96 min.). 191 min. DVD X1442
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Love and Anarchy (Film d'amore e d'anarchia, ovvero 'stamattina alle 10 in via dei Fiori nella nota casa di tolleranza...) (1973)
Directed by Lina Wertmüller. Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Eros Pagni, Lina Polito. Tells the story of a shy country peasant who goes to the city with a plan to assassinate Benito Mussolini. His underground contact in the network of anarchists offers him a hideout in her brothel where he meets a young prostitute and falls in love. When his lover prevents the plan's realization, he fires upon police, is imprisoned and murdered. 129 min. DVD X5522; vhs 999:2313
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Luce dei miei occhi (Light of My Eyes) (2001)
Directed by Giuseppe Piccioni. Cast: Luigi Lo Cascio, Sandra Ceccarelli, Silvio Orlando, Barbara Valente, Toni Bertorelli. Light of my eyes: Antonio, a lonely man working as a driver of luxury cars, reads science fiction novels until he meets Maria. Though he secretly pays her debts, she remains indifferent to his love. Until ... 113 min. DVD 6327
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Luci del varieta (Variety Lights) (1950)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Peppino de Filippo, Carla del Poggio, Giulietta Masina, John Kitzmiller. Story of the hand-to-mouth existence of a troupe of engaging but not especially talented vaudeville performers who are joined by an ambitious, beautiful young girl of limited talents. She becomes the center of attraction for the company, but she deserts them all for a more upscale show. 93 min. DVD 287; VHS 999:1290
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Fellini, Federico. Early screenplays: Variety lights, The white sheik. Translated from the Italian by Judith Green. New York, Grossman Publishers, 1971. (NRLF (UCB) PN1997 .F387513 1971)

Mafioso (Italy, 1962)
Directed by Alberto Lattuada. Cast: Alberto Sordi, Norma Bengell, Gabriella Conti, Ugo Attanasio, Carmelo Oliviero, Lily Bistrattyn, Michèle Bailly, Armando Thiné, Cinzia Bruno, Katiuscia Piretti, Paolo Cuccia, Saverio Turiello, Stefano Benigno, John A. Topa, Guiseppe Stagnitti, Hug Hurd, Vincenzo Norvese, Ludwig Roth. Nino is an auto-factory foreman who takes his proper, modern wife and two blonde daughters from industrial Milan to the antiquated, rural Sicily to visit his family and get back in touch with his roots. Nino gets more than he bargained for when he discovers some harsh truths about his ancestors and himself. Special features: "Ritratti d'autore" a 1996 interview with director Alberto Lattuada by filmmaker Daniele Luchetti; new video interviews with the director's wife, actress Carla Del Poggio, and son, Alessandro Lattuada; trailers for the original Italian release and the 2007 U.S. rerelease; gallery of promotional caricatures by artist Keiko Kimura; booklet includes new essays by Phillip Lopate and Roberto Chiesi and a 1982 interview with Alberto Lattuada. 102 min. DVD X4084
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Malèna (Italy / USA, 2000)
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. Cast: Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Frederico, Matilde Plana. An unforgettable story of a 13-year-old boy's journey into manhood amid the chaos and intolerance of World War II. In a sleepy Italian village, the most beautiful woman in town, Malena, becomes the object of increasingly malicious gossip among the lustful townsmen and their jealous wives. But only her most ardent admirer, young Renato, learns the untold story of the mysterious and elusive Malena, who inspires him to new heights of compassion, courage and independence. Based on the story by Luciano Vincenzoni. 92 min. DVD X4298; vhs 999:3210
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Hope, William. "Giuseppe Tornatore's Malèna: An object lesson for a voyeuristic generation." Italianist, 2003, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p258-275, 18p UC users only
Pugliese, Stanislao G. "Malèna." The American Historical Review, Vol. 106, No. 2 (Apr., 2001), pp. 698-699 UC users only

Mamma Roma (Italy, 1962)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Cast: Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti, Silvana Corsini. In this unflinching look at the struggle for survival in post WWII Italy, a middle-aged prostitute attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Special features (Disc 2): Interviews about Pasolini, featuring Bernardo Bertolucci, Tonino Delli Colli, and Enzo Siciliano ; original theatrical trailer ; poster gallery ; "Pier Paolo Pasolini" (58 min. ; 1995): a documentary by filmmaker Ivo Barnabo Micheli covering the career of the controversial artist ; "La ricotta" (35 min. ; 1963): a film by Pasolini starring Orson Welles as a director who sets out to make a film about the passion of Jesus ; a 32-page booklet featuring excerpted interviews with Pasolini on Mamma Roma and La ricotta, and essays by novelist and culture critic Gary Indiana and Pasolini biographer Enzo Siciliano. Photography, Tonino Delli Colli; editor, Nino Baragli; music, Carlo Rustichelli. 110 min. DVD 2768
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Orsitto, Fulvio S. "The Iconic Violence of Pasolini's Prostitutes." In: The image of the hero in Literature, Media, and Society: selected papers [of the] Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery, March 2004, Colorado Springs, Colorado / <2004> Pueblo, CO. : The Society, Colorado State University-Pueblo, [2004]. (MAIN: PN56.5.H45 C63 2004)
Wood, Mary P. "Woman of Rome: Anna Magnani." : In: Heroines without heroes : reconstructing female and national identities in European cinema, 1945-51 London ; New York : Cassell, 2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks and Pacific Film Archives PN1995.9.W6 H47 2000)

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Le mani sulla città (Hands Over the City) (Italy, 1963)
Directed by Francesco Rosi. Cast: Rod Steiger, Salvo Randone, Guido Alberti, Angelo D'Alessandro, Carlo Fermariello, Marcello Cannavale, Alberto Canocchia. The structure of power and the facade of democracy are explored in this political expose of corruption in Naples. Following the fatal collapse of a tenement building, an investigation reveals that profits from municipal developments are going to city council members and developers in backroom negotiations. Special features: (Disc 2): The supplements: "Neapolitan diary" (1992), Francesco Rosi's sequel to 'Hands over the city'; New video interviews with Rosi, Tullio Kezich, and Jean-Pierre Gorin; Video discussion with Rosi, co-writer Raffaele La Capria, and Michel Ciment. 110 min. DVD 9419
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

Crowdus, Gary; Moore, Michael. "Francesco Rosi: Investigating the Relationship between Causes and Effects." Cineaste; Oct94, Vol. 20 Issue 4, p26, 2p UC users only
Gieri, Manuela. "Hands over the City: Cinema as Political Indictment and Social Commitment." In: Poet of civic courage : the films of Francesco Rosi / edited by Carlo Testa. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.R66 P64 1996)

Maschera del demonio (Black Sunday) (Italy, 1961)
Directed by Mario Bava. Cast: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi, Ivo Garrani, Arturo Dominici. A woman executed as a witch by the Inquisition returns from the grave to seek gruesome revenge on the descendants of those who caused her death. Based on a story by Nikolai Gogol. 88 min. DVD 1833
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Hogan, David. "High Priestess of Horror: Barbara Steele." In: Dark romance : sexuality in the horror film Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, 1986. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H6 H591 1986; MOFF: PN1995.9.H6 H59 1986)
Jenks, Carol. "The Other Face of Death: Barbara Steele and Maschera del demonio." In: Popular European cinema / edited by Richard Dyer and Ginette Vincendeau. London ; New York : Routledge, 1992. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.E8 P6 1992)

La masseria della allodole (The Lark Farm)
(Italy | France | Bulgaria | Spain | UK, 2007)
Directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. Cast: Moritz Bleibtreu, Paz Vega, Alessandro Preziosi, Tchéky Karyo. A stirring and stunning story of an aristocratic family who is unexpectedly swept into the ravages of World War I and a forbidden passion that may be the family's only hope. Nunik is a proud, headstrong Armenian woman whose indomitable spirit captures the heart of an enemy Turkish soldier. 120 min. DVD X3361
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Medea (France / Italy / West Germany, 1969)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Medea (Maria Callas), high priestess of the Golden Fleece, falls in love with Jason, and, stealing the prized article, flees with him to Corinth. Jason eventually betrays her, however, when he falls in love with the daughter of Creon. In a white heat of anger, Medea murders Creon, his daughter, and finally her two sons by Jason, then flees, leaving him to face a wifeless, childless future. 100 min. DVD 5618; Video/C 1062
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Mediterraneo (1991)
Directed by Gabriele Salvatores. Cast: Diego Abatanuono, Claudio Bigagli, Guiseppe Cederna, Claudio Bisio, Vanna Barba, Irene Grazioli. In 1941, a small group of misfit Italian soldiers is sent to a tiny Greek island in the Agean for four months of lookout duty. Their relief ship is torpedoed and their radio destroyed. As they lose all touch with the world outside, they are absorbed into the life of the idyllic island. 98 min. DVD 5558PAL (Non-US) DVD.
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Picture
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists - Best Director

Hope, William. "Gabriele Salvatores' Marrakech Express and Mediterraneo : Capitalist dystopias, the Marxist sublime, nascent radicalism." Italianist, 2009, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p115-131, 17p UC users only

Maule, Rosanna. "For an Impure Cinema: Gabriele Salvatores and the Hybrid Nature of Film Authorship in Contemporary Italian Cinema." In: Beyond auteurism: new directions in authorial film practices in France, Italy Bristol, UK ; Chicago, USA : Intellect, c2008. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])

La Meglio Gioventu (The Best of Youth) (2003)
Directed by Marco Tullio Giordana. Cast: Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessio Boni, Adriana Asti, Sonia Bergamasco, Fabrizio Gifuni, Maya Sansa, Valentina Carnelutti, Jasmine Trinca. Divided by politics but bonded by blood, Italian brothers Nicola and Matteo find their paths intersecting through some of the most tumultuous events in Italy's recent history, including the hippy movement, the flood of Florence, the Red Brigades, Mafia scandals, kidnapping and political assassinations. Produced for Italian television, but never broadcast; released theatrically instead. 368 min. DVD 5058
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Mimì metallurgico ferito nell'onore (The Seducation of Mimi; Mimi the Metalworker Wounded in Honor) (1972)
Directed by Lina Wertmüller. Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Agostina Belli. A comedy about a Sicilian laborer who in the course of defending his honor gets into trouble with the Communists, the Mafia and his family. 89 min. DVD 952; vhs 999:2318
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Il Miracolo (Italy, 1948)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Anna Magnani, Federico Fellini. SEE L'amore

Miracolo a Milano (Miracle in Milan) (1951)
Directed by Vittorio DeSica. Cast: Branduani Gianni, Francesco Golisano, Paolo Stoppa, Emma Gramatica, Gugielmo Barnabo, Brunella Bovo. Comedy, satire, and realism are combined in a fantasy about the social conceits of man. An Italian orphan, with the aid of a miraculous dove, combats power and wealth and succeeds in bringing happiness to the inhabitants of a Milanese hobo camp. Based on the novel Toto il buono by Cesare Zavattini. 95 min. DVD X3310; vhs 999:856
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize of the Festival
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Il momento della verità (The Moment of Truth)(1965)
Directed by Francesco Rosi. Cast: Miguel Mateo, José Gomez Sevillano, Pedro Basauri, Linda Christian. A visceral plunge into the life of a famous torero played by real-life bullfighting legend Miguel Mateo, known as Miguelin. Charting his rise and fall with a single-minded focus on the bloody business at hand, the film is at once gritty and operatic, placing the viewer right in the thick of the ring's action, as close to death as possible. 107 min. DVD X7061
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E la nave va (And the Ship Sails On) (Italy / France, 1983)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Freddie Jones, Barbara Jefford, Victor Poletti, Pina Bausch, Peter Cellier, Elisa Mainardi. In 1914, a colorful melange of celebrities embark on a funeral voyage for a dead opera star. An allegorical film blending spectacle, humour, poignance and grotesquerie in this stylized re-creation of a decadent bygone era. 127 min. DVD 539
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Neorealismo
Director Carlo Lizzani discusses the origin and development of the Neorealism movement in Italian cinema between 1943 and 1945, with particular reference to the films Ossessione, Roma Citta Aperta, Paisa, and Sciuscia. 1989. 55 min. Video/C 5878

Neorealismo fino al 1950
Carlo Lizzani explores the development of Italian Neorealism in post-World War II cinema, when films such as La Terra Trema and Ladri di Biciclette brought prestige to the industry even as it struggled with financial problems.1989. 60 min. Video/C 5879

Neorealismo fino al 1954
Carlo Lizzani discusses the crisis and decadence of Neorealism in Italian cinema. In the fifties Rossellini seeks new ways to depict social change taking place in Italy, while upcoming talents such as Fellini, Antonioni and Lizzani use neorealism as a starting point for their personal probings. Meanwhile Neorealism spreads, giving rise to new schools of filmmaking in England, South America and France..1989. 60 min. Video/C 5880

Ninfa plebea (The Nymph) (1996)
Directed by Lina Wertmüller. Cast: Lucia Cara, Stefania Sandrelli, Raoul Bova, Pepe Da Rosa. Miluzza, a young girl who has been abused repeatedly and orphaned, meets a young wounded soldier. Upon helping him return to his family farm, the two fall in love. The man's mother however insists that he marry a virgin. 110 min. DVD 4419
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Nirvana (Italy | France, 1997)
Directed by Gabriele Salvatores. Cast: Christopher Lambert, Diego Abatantuono, Sergio Rubini, Stefania Rocca, Amanda Sandrelli.Jimi, a computer game designer, discovers his latest product has been infected by a virus which has given consciousness to the main character, Solo. Begged by Solo to end its useless 'life', Jimi searches for help to delete the game before it's released. 96 min. DVD X4698
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Maule, Rosanna. "For an Impure Cinema: Gabriele Salvatores and the Hybrid Nature of Film Authorship in Contemporary Italian Cinema." In: Beyond auteurism: new directions in authorial film practices in France, Italy Bristol, UK ; Chicago, USA : Intellect, c2008. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])

La Notte (La Nuit/The Night) (Italy / France, 1961)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Vitti, Bernhard Wicki. Examines twenty-four hours in the life of a Milanese novelist and his wife, during which they visit a dying friend in hospital, go to a nightclub, meet a rich industrialist's daughter at a party, and face the emptiness of their lives and marriage. 122 min. DVD 1165; vhs 999:2404
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Antonioni, Michelangelo. Screenplays. With an introd. by the author. [Translated by Roger J. Moore and Louis Brigante] New York, Orion Press [1963](NRLF (UCB) PN1997.A63 1963)

Le Notte Bianchi (White Nights) (Italy / France , 1957)
Directed by Luchino Visconti. Cast: Maria Schell, Marcello Mastroianni, Jean Marais, Marcella Rovena, Maria Zanoli. A chance encounter on a canal bridge results in a series of twilight rendezvous between a lonely city transplant and a sheltered woman haunted by a lover's promise to return in one year. Just as the young man persuades the girl to believe the sailor will never return, he does. Based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevski. 101 min. DVD 4409
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Notte d'estate con profilo greco, occhi a mandorla e odore di basilico (Summer Night) (1986)
Directed by Lina Wertmüller. Cast: Marangela Melato, Michele Placido, Massimo Wertmuller, Roberto Herlitzka. Signora Bolk, a self-made rich-bitch billionairess, fed up with the terrorists who poach Italy hires a former CIA agent to kidnap the lead violator. While in captivity and blindfolded the man discovers that one of the women who kidnapped him agrees to pay the ransom but only with a twist. 98 min. DVD 4417
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La Notte di San Lorenzo (The Night of the Shooting Stars) (1982)
Directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. Cast: Omero Antonutti, Margarita Lozano, Rinaldo Mirannalti, Enrica Maria Modugno. Depicts the final days of World War II in Italy, seen mostly through the eyes of a six-year-old girl. It is a mythic recollection by the protagonist of life on the run when a group of Italian villagers flee from brutal Nazi occupiers in the summer of 1944. 107 min. DVD 1949
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

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Le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria) (1957)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Giulietta Masina, Francois Perier, Franca Marzi, Amedeo Nazzari. Cabiria, a prostitute, throws herself into endless love affairs with the frantic persistence of a trapped bird, dashing body and soul against the vain hope of securing marriage and a happy family life. Special DVD features: Uncut, restored theatrical re-release version with 7 minute "man with a sack" sequence; interview with former Fellini assistant Dominique Delouche ; audio interview with producer Dino De Laurentiis ; original and re-release theatrical trailers ; excerpt from Fellini's The White Sheik, in which Masina makes her first appearance as Cabiria ; restoration demonstration. 110 min. DVD 66; VHS 999:361
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Awards
Academy Award - Foreign Language Film

1900 (Novecento) (France / Italy, 1976)
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Cast: Robert De Niro, Gerard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda, Donald Sutherland, Burt Lancaster. An epic film that is both a history of 20th century Italy and a portrait of two families. It is also the story of the conflicts between two boys, one a peasant and the other a landowner, as they pass through the upheavals of the modern world. 255 min. DVD 6809; vhs 999:510
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Nuovomondo (The Golden Door) (Italy / France, 2006)
Directed by Emanuele Crialese. Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincenzo Amato, Vincent Schiavelli, Aurora Quattrocchi. Sicilian farmer Salvatore falls in love with a worldly British woman while both are attempting to immigrate to America. Lucy, or Luce as Salvatore calls her, for unknown reasons wants to marry someone before arriving at Ellis Island in New York. Salvatore accepts her proposal. Once they arrive at Ellis Island their destiny is in the hands of the custom officers. 118 min. DVD 9512
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Oedipus Rex (Edipo re) (Italy / Morocco, 1967)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Franco Citti (Oedipus), Silvana Mangano (Jocasta), Alida Valli (Merope), Carmelo Bene (Creon), Julian Beck (Tiresias), Pier Paolo Pasolini (High Priest). A dark and riveting retelling of the classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles. Set in modern Morocco with added prologue and epilogue, his play is extended into the present and points out that the motives of the ancient tragedy still exist today. 110 min. DVD 5609; vhs 999:1677
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Catania, Saviour. "Cinematizing the Euripidean and Sophoclean Spatial Dialectics: On the 'Skene-Self' in Pasolini's Medea and Edipo Re." Literature/Film Quarterly, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 170-79, 2000. UC users only
Eloit, Audrène. "Oedipus Rex by Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Palimpsest: Rewriting and the Creation of Pasolini's Cinematic Language." Literature/Film Quarterly, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 288-99, 2004. UC users only
Petkovic, Nikola. "Re-Writing the Myth, Rereading the Life: The Universalizing Game in Pier Paolo Pasolini's Edipo Re." American Imago: Studies in Psychoanalysis and Culture, vol. 54, no. 1, pp. 39-68, Spring 1997.

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Operazione paura (Kill, Baby, Kill) (Italy, 1966)
Directed by Mario Bava. Cast: Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Erika Blanc, Fabienne Dali, Max Lawrence, Giana Vivaldi, Piero Lulli. A child who bled to death during a festival when villagers were too drunk to save her returns to haunt them. 80 min. DVD 7573
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L'Oro di Napoli (Gold of Naples) (1952)
Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Cast: Silvana Mangano, Vittorio De Sica, Sophia Loren, Toto. A collection of plays featuring Toto as a little clown imposed on by a bullying racketeer, Silvana Mangano as a prostitute, Sophia Loren in a comic turn as a pizza seller, and Vittorio De Sica himself as a gambler. 107 min. vhs 999:2179
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Gli orrori del castello di Norimberga (Barron Blood) (Italy, 1972)
Directed by Mario Bava. Cast: Joseph Cotten, Elke Sommer, Massimo Girotti, Antonio Cantafora, Alan Collins, Humi Raho, Rada Rassimov. A young man, Peter, returns to Austria in search of his heritage. There he visits the castle of an ancestor, a sadistic Baron who was cursed to a violent death by a witch whom the Baron had burned at the stake. Peter reads aloud the incantation that causes Baron Blood to return and continue his murderous tortures. 98 min. DVD X1441
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Ossessione (Obsession) (1942)
Directed by Luchino Visconti. Cast: Clara Calamai, Massimo Girotti, Dhia Cristiani, Elio Marcuzzo, Vittorio Duse, Michele Riccardini, Juan De Landa. The story of the ill-fated love between Gino, a young drifter, who arrives by chance at a roadside restaurant and filling station, and Giovanna, the beautiful young wife of the fat old man who owns the place. Gino leaves, only to return because he can't get her out of his blood. They kill her husband but his death haunts the guilt-ridden Gino. 135 min. DVD 1201; vhs 999:815
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Otello (1986; opera)
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Adaptation of the opera by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto [by] Arrigo Boito. Based on the play Othello by William Shakespeare. Otello (Placido Domingo), a Moor appointed governor of Cyprus on behalf of the 15th century Venetian Republic, loves and is loved by his young bride, Desdemona. Soon, however, he is deceived by the evil Iago, his ensign, into believing that Desdemona is unfaithful to him. Otello's jealousy overwhelms him and he murders Desdemona. Upon learning the truth, he kills Iago and himself. 123 min. Video/C 1486
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Padre Padrone (My Father, My Master) (1977)
Directed by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani. Cast: Omero Antonutti, Saverio Marconi, Marcella Michelangeli, Fabrizio Forte. A true story of a son's development under an oppressive father. Gavino livesA powerful story of a son's development under an oppressive father. Gavino Ledda lives in solitude as an illiterate Sardinian shephard. His father is the brutal instrument of that solitude. Year after year Gavino is isolated alone with his flock in the mountains; separated from family, schools and the collectivity of his town. Finally, he rebels against his father and his own illiteracy. Studying by himself, Gavino earns his degree and writes a book about himself. 113 min. DVD 4074; vhs 999:951; and vhs 999:3777 in the original Italian version (no subtitles)
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists - Best Director

Paisà (Paisan) (1948)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Robert Van Loon, Carmela Sazio, Dots M. Johnson, Maria Michi, Gar Moore, Harriet White, Renzo Avanzo, Bill Tubbs, Benjamin Emanuel, Raymond Campbell, Harold Wagner, Albert Heinze, Merlin Berth, Mats Carlson, Leonard Penish, Alfonsino, Dale Edmonds, Achille Siveiro, Robert Van Loel. Six stories dealing with Italian and American soldiers meeting under battle conditions during World War II. Recreates the liberation of Italy by the Allied Forces and depicts the harsh realities of war.) Special DVD features: Video introduction by Roberto Rossellini from 1963, video interview with Rossellini scholar Adriano Aprà, excerpts from videotaped discussions Rossellini had in 1970 with faculty and students at Rice University about his craft, Into the future (a visual essay about the War trilogy by Tag Gallagher). Accompanied by booklet featuring essays by James Quandt, Irene Bignardi, Colin McCabe, and Jonathan Rosenbaum shelved separately.115 min. DVD X2862
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Pane e Cioccolata (Bread and Chocolate) (1973)
Directed by Franco Brusati. Cast: Nino Manfredi, Anna Karina, Johnny Dorelli, Paolo Turco. A comic but poignant portrait of an Italian immigrant working odd jobs in prosperous Switzerland and trying desperately to fit in. Though his work becomes increasingly degrading, he tenaciously refuses to give up and go home. This hapless Everyman is eternally rejected yet ever-hopeful. 109 min. DVD 1062; vhs 999:1560
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Pane e tulipani (Bread and Tulips) (Italy / Switzerland, 2000)
Directed by Silvio Soldini. Cast: Licia Maglietta, Bruno Ganz, Giuseppe Battiston, Antonio Catania, Marina Massironi, Vitalba Andrea, Daniela Piperno, Tatiana Lepore, Felice Andreasi. When a harried housewife is accidentally left behind while on vacation with her family, she decides to take a holiday of her own in Venice. She becomes charmed by the city and her newfound freedom. She decides to extend her stay, finding a job in a flower shop, renting a room from a wistful waiter, and rediscovers her love for playing the accordian. But her solo journey does not sit well with her tyrannical husband, who hires an amateur detective to bring her back home. 112 min. DVD 4345
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Perduto amor (Lost Love (2003)
Directed by Franco Battiato. Cast: Corrado Fortuna, Donatella Finocchiaro, Annamaria Gherardi, Lucia Sardo, Ninni Bruschetta, Manlio Sgalambro, Tiziana Lodato. The story of the life of a young Sicilian boy, Ettore, spanning from the mid 1950s to the mid 1960s. In the first half of the movie, we are in the Fifties in Sicily, and Ettore is a young child who lives surrounded by women and seems to be always surprised by what happens around him. His eyes are not so innocent anymore when we find him some years later, ready to leave his isle, and finally he is in Milan, where he knows some of the most interesting people in town, both in the literature and the music field. 83 min. DVD 9703
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Pizzicata (1996)
Directed by Edoardo Winspeare. Cast: Cosimo Cinieri, Fabio Frascaro, Chiara Torrelli, Anna Dimitri, Paolo Massafra. An Italian American pilot shot down during WWII assumes the identity of a cousin to the rural peasant family who protects him. Set in southern Apulia in a region called Salento, this film presents much folk dancing, including the pizzica and the tarantata. 93 min. vhs 999:2956
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Porcile (1969)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Pierre Clementi, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Alberto Lionello, Ugo Tognazzi, Anne Wiazemsky, Margherita Lozano, Marco Ferreri, Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli. Story of a cannibal in a medieval wasteland interwoven with that of the son of an ex-Nazi industrialist in modern day Germany, who is more attracted to pigs than to his fiance. 99 min. DVD X5524
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Il Portiere di notte (The Night Porter) (1974)
Directed by Liliana Cavani. Cast: Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Leroy, Gabriele Ferzetti. The chance meeting of a woman and a former Nazi SS officer brings back memories of their sado-masochistic relationship in a concentration camp years before. When the couple attempt to re-create their relationship, his former SS comrades begin to stalk them. 118 min. DVD 2477
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Il Postino (The Postman) (France / Italy / Belgium, 1994)
Directed by Michael Radford. Cast: Philippe Noiret, Massimo Troisi, Maria Grazia Cucinotta. In this romantic comedy the postman, Mario, enlists the aid of the poet Pablo Neruda to conquer the heart of the beautiful Beatrice. 103 min. DVD 9136; vhs 999:2064
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
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Il Posto (1961)
Directed by Ermanno Olmi. Cast: Loredana Detto, Sandro Panseri. When young Domenico ventures from the small village of Meda to Milan in search of employment, he finds himself on the bottom rung of the bureaucratic ladder in a huge, faceless company. The prospects are daunting, but Domenico finds reason for hope in the fetching Antonietta. A tender coming-of-age story and a sharp observation of dehumanizing corporate enterprise, the film is a touching and hilarious tale of one young man's stumbling entrance into the perils of modern adulthood. 93 min. DVD 2234
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Cardullo, Bert. "Married to the Job: Ermanno Olmi's Il Posto and I Fidanzali Reconsidered." Cambridge Quarterly, 2009, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p120-129, 10p UC users only

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Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch) (Italy, 2008)
Directed by Gianni Di Gregorio. Cast: Alfonso Santagata, Gianni Di Gregorio, Valeria De Franciscis. A middle-aged man living with his elderly mother finds the best way to pay for their debts is to take care of the building manager's mother during the biggest festival of the year. Soon he finds himself with not two but four mothers to keep fed and happy. Special features: "A visit with the cast": director and star Gianni Di Gregorio travels Rome to catch with the film's actresses; video interview with Di Gregorio; selected recipes of the mouth-watering dishes featured in the film. 75 min. DVD X4691
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Bonsaver, Guido. "Mid-August Lunch." Sight & Sound, Sep2009, Vol. 19 Issue 9, p75-76, 2p UC users only
Johnson, William. "Pathways and Detours." Film Quarterly, Summer2010, Vol. 63 Issue 4, p10-11, 2p UC users only

Prima della rivoluzione (Before the Revolution) (1964)
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Cast: Adriana Asti, Francesco Barilli, Allen Midgette, Morando Morandini, Cristina Pariset. The plot, based loosely on Stendhal's "The charterhouse of Parma," concerns a young man who flirts intellectually with communism and incestuously with his young aunt. He finally realizes that for him life will always be "before the revolution." 90 min. DVD 6260; vhs 999:3739
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Kline, T. Jefferson. "The Absent Presence: Stendhal in Bertolucci's "Prima della rivoluzione"The Absent Presence: Stendhal in Bertolucci's "Prima della rivoluzione"." Cinema Journal, Vol. 23, No. 2, Winter, 1984 UC users only

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Primo Amore (First Love) (2004)
Directed by Matteo Garrone. Cast: Michela Cescon, Vitaliano Trevisan. Vittorio is looking for his ideal woman. He meets Sonia, a sweet pleasant intelligent girl. A goldsmith by trade, Vittorio is obsessed with the desire to shape Sonia's body and mind as he shapes gold with fire. Almost imperceptibly Sonia becomes a passive participant and the relationship grows into a reciprocal masochistic game. 94 min. DVD 5467
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Prova d'orchestra (Orchestra Rehearsal) (Italy / West Germany, 1979)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Balduin Baas, Clara Colosimo, Elisabeth Labi, Ronaldo Bonacchi. A controversial yet comical film, it depicts the turmoil of Italian society through events that take place during a rehearsal gathering set in a 13th century chapel, as musicians rebel against their conductor. 72 min. DVD 5984; vhs 999:2576
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I Pugni in Tasca (Fists in the Pocket) (1965)
Directed by Marco Bellocchio. Cast: Lou Castel, Paola Pitagora, Marino Mase, Liliana Gerace, Pier Luigi Troglio. Story about a blind widow and her four children. Three are afflicted with epilepsy, and the fourth, Augusto, has to support the family. Alessandro (Sandro) wants to free his brother from this burden and sees killing the rest of the family as the only way. 108 min. DVD 5494
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Quante volte ... quelle notte (Four Times That Night) (Italy, 1969)
Directed by Mario Bava. Cast: Daniella Giordano, Brett Halsey, Dick Randall. A spicy Italian variation on the multi-perspective storyline of Kurosawa's Rashomon, the film tells the story of a date gone awry, and the different perspectives on what events truly unfolded over the course of Tina and Gianni's lost evening together. 83 min. DVD X1444
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I Racconti di Canterbury (Canterbury Tales) (Italy / France, 1971; dubbed into English)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Hugh Griffith, Laura Betti, Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti, Josephine Chaplin, Alan Webb. Originally released as motion picture in 1971. Based on the Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer. Pasolini's startling candor and ribald humor illuminate these classic tales of romance, deception, murder and lust. 121 min. vhs 999:1502
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La Ragazza Che Sapeva Troppo (The Girl Who Knew Too Much) (1963)
Directed by Mario Bava. Cast: Leticia Roman, John Saxon, Valentina Cortese, Dante Di Paolo. Nora Davis jets away to Rome to vacation with Edith, an old friend of her family. Unfortunately, her trip is anything but relaxing. On the first night, Edith dies, and as Nora runs into the night for help, she becomes an eyewitness to murder as she sees a woman stabbed to death on the Piazza di Spagna! 86 min. DVD 1830
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La ragazza del lago (The Girl by the Lake)) (2007)
Directed by Andrea Molaioli. Cast: Toni Servillo, Denis Fasolo, Nello Mascia, Giulia Michelini, Marco Baliani, Fausto Maria Sciarappa, Franco Ravera. The body of a young girl is found on the shores of a northern Italian lake. Sanzio, a middle-aged police officer with family troubles of his own, is put in charge of the investigation. He discovers much beneath tranquil appearances in the nearby village. Based on novel Lo sguardo di uno sconosciuto by Karin Fossum. 91 min. DVD 1830
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Reazione a catena (Bay of Blood) (Italy, 1971)
Directed by Mario Bava. Cast: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Volonte, Anna M. Rosati, Chris Avram, Leopoldo Trieste, Laura Betti, Brigitte Skay, Isa Miranda. When a group of teenagers stumble upon an apparently deserted resort they find much more than they bargained for. Hailed by many as the film that inspired high-body-count slasher pics such as "Friday the 13th," Mario Bava's gory, early 1970s mystery has nice atmosphere and plenty of gore. In fact, this is probably the most explicit film Bava ever made. From a story by Dardano Sacchetti and Franco Barberi. 84 min. DVD X1439
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Respiro (Italy / France, 2002)
Directed by Emanuele Crialese. Cast: Valeria Golino, Vincenzo Amato, Francesco Casisa, Veronica D'Agostino, Filippo Pucillo, Avy Macciano, Elio Germano. Grazia is a carefree mother of three, who soon becomes the focus of her neighbors' gossip. While her fellow Lampedusians work and live hard - oblivious to their native paradise - Grazia alone is courageous enough to blissfully embrace life's treasures. Her wild, sensual and free-spirited behavior reflects the unrivaled beauty of her heavenly seaside village. She is not understood or accepted by the social conventions of the town, nor its strict tribal rules. 95 min. DVD X992
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Ricordati di me (Remember Me My Love) (2003)
Directed by Gabriele Muccino. Cast: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Laura Morante, Monica Bellucci, Nicoletta Romanoff, Gabriele Lavia. With his passions reawakened by a long lost love, Carlo's affair threatens to tear apart his entire family. Unfullfilled desires and ambitions which have worn each of them down now resurface when a crisis makes them realize the importance of family. 125 min. DVD 5102
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Il ritorno del figlio prodigo - Umiliati (Humiliès)(France | Germany | Italy, 2003)
Film about a farming community in the aftermath of World War II that is confronted with three hunters who lay claim on the land. Based on the book "Le donne di Messina" (The Women of Messina) by Elio Vittorini. In Italian with English subtitles. 34 min. DVD X4213
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Rocco e I Suoi Fratelli (Rocco and His Brothers) (Italy / France, 1960)
Directed by Luchino Visconti. Cast: Alain Delon, Annie Girardot, Renato Salvatori, Katina Paxinou, Claudia Cardinale. The story of four poor Italian brothers and their mother who leave their country home and move to bustling Milan with hopes of improving their bitter fortune. The family is thrown into chaos when two of the brothers are torn apart by their love for the same woman and their struggles to succeed in a viciously competitive world. 168 min. DVD 905
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

Roma (Fellini's Roma) (1972)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Federico Fellini, Peter Gonzales, Fiona Florence, Anna Magnani, Gore Vidal, Britta Barnes, Pia De Doses, Marne Maitland, Renato Giovannoli. A film adaptation of Federico Fellini's reminiscences of Rome before World War II, as compared to the present as it was when the film was originally produced in 1972. 129 min. DVD 648; VHS 999:1290
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Roma, Città Aperta (Open City) (1946)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Anna Magnani, Marcello Pagliero, Aldo Fabrizi. Ultra-realistic portrayal of life in the conquered city of Rome. Adapts the true story of the plights of a priest and a resistance leader being sought by the Germans during the occupation of Rome in World War II. Special features on DVD X2861: Video introduction by Roberto Rossellini (from 1963); audio commentary featuring film scholar Peter Bondanella; Once upon a time-- Rome open city (2006 documentary); video interview with Rossellini scholar Adriano Aprà; Rossellini and the city (visual essay by film scholar Mark Shiel); video interview with film critic and Rossellini friend Father Virgilio Fantuzzi. Accompanied by booklet featuring essays by James Quandt, Irene Bignardi, Colin McCabe, and Jonathan Rosenbaum. 105 min. DVD X2861; also DVD 117; vhs 999:170
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Once Upon a Time ... Rome, Open City
Examines the political and cinematic history of Roberto Rossellini's landmark film "Roma, Città aperta," which so memorably dramatized the WWII Italian resistance to the German occupation. In addition to archival footage, which sketches in the relevant historical background, the documentary includes scenes from this classic film, revisits some of its key locations today, and features interviews with many of its participants. A film by Marie Genin & Serge July. Dist.: First Run/Icarus Films 2006. 52 min. DVD 8276
Wood, Mary P. "Woman of Rome: Anna Magnani." : In: Heroines without heroes : reconstructing female and national identities in European cinema, 1945-51 London ; New York : Cassell, 2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks and Pacific Film Archives PN1995.9.W6 H47 2000)

Rosso come il cielo (Red Like the Sky) (2006)
Directed by Cristiano Bortone. Cast: Francesco Campobasso, Luca Capriotti, Paolo Sassanelli, Marco Cocci. Inspired by the true story of Mirco Mencacci, one of the most gifted Italian sound editors working today. Federico and Mirco are eight years old and both blind. The former is shy and introverted, the latter is outgoing and hyperactive. Enroled in a special school for the blind in Genoa, Mirco does not accept his new condition. But he is feisty and determined. When he finds an old tape recorder and a few used reels and discovers that by cutting and splicing tape he can create little fairy tales made only of sounds, a brand-new world opens up to him. 96 min. DVD X1174
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Roy Colt e Winchester Jack (Roy Colt and Winchester Jack) (1970)
Directed by Mario Bava. Cast: Brett Halsey, Charles Southwood, Marilù Tolo, Teodoro Corrà, Isa Miranda. Two outlaws compete with each other over a treasure map that will lead them to buried gold while one of them is in league with a sadistic priest-turned-crime lord, while a young Native American girl helps both outlaws and plays both sides against each other. 85 min. DVD X1440
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Sabata (Ehi amico-- c'é Sabata, hai chiuso!) (Italy, 1969)
Directed by Gianfranco Parolini (aka Frank Kramer). Cast: Lee Van Cleef, William Berger, Pedro Sanchez, Nick Jordan, Franco Ressel, Anthony Gradwell, Linda Veras, Robert Hundar, Gianni Rizzo. Sabata is a mysterious steely-eyed gunslinger who, after he discovers the town of Daugherty's elite are the masterminds behind the big bank heist, imposes his bullet-laced brand of justice on the town. 106 min. DVD X3530
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Return of Sabata (E tornato Sabata ... hai chiuso un'altra volta) (Italy, 1971)
Directed by Gianfranco Parolini (aka Frank Kramer). Cast: Lee Van Cleef, William Berger, Reiner Schöne, Giampiero Albertino, Pedro Sanchez, Annabelle Incontraram, Jacqueline Alexandre, Nick Jordan, Karis Vassili, Steffen Zacharias, Gianni Rizzo. The McClintocks "own" the town of Hobsonville, but Sabata refuses to pay their outrageous taxes and seeks his own kind of revenge. 106 min. DVD X3531
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Adíos Sabata (Indio Black, sai che ti dico: Sei un gran figlio di--) (Italy, 1971)
Directed by Gianfranco Parolini (aka Frank Kramer). Cast: Yul Brynner, Dean Reed, Pedro Sanchez, Gerard Herter, Sal Borgese, Franco Fantasia, Gianni Rizzo. Mexican revolutionaries, determined to be free of European tyranny, hire gunslinger Sabata (Yul Brynner) to rob a transport of Austrian gold in order to buy weapons and shame the brutal Colonel Skimmel, ruler of the local garrison. The robery goes well until the gang discovers that Skimmel has tricked them and kept the gold for himself. 105 min. DVD X3532
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Salò, o, le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salo, the 120 days of Sodom) (Italy / France, 1975)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Paolo Bonacelli, Uberto Paolo Quintavalle, Aldo Valletti, Caterina Boratto, Elsa De Giorgi, Hel`ene Surgère, Giorgio Cataldi, Sonia Saviange. At Mussolini's holdout in northern Italy, four Fascists kidnap a group of young men and women. The victims move through three increasingly violent and perverse phases at the hands of their tormentors, culminating in ritualistic death. Considered by many the most disturbing film ever made. 112 min. DVD 2372
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Saimir (2004)
Directed by Francesco Munzi. Cast: Mishel Manoku, Xhevdet Feri, Lavinia Guglielman, Anna Ferruzzo. Edmond picks up smuggled Albanians on the Italian coast and drives them to safe houses. His son Saimir assists, but he's beginning to question his own moral boundaries. Difficulty integrating with Italians throws him in with a shady bunch of gypsies, while his typical sullen teen outlook prevents him from intuiting his father's motivations. When a job goes beyond his fragile ethical borders, Saimir lashes out in a destructive way. 88 min. DVD 9717
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Salvatore Giuliano (Italy, 1962)
Directed by Francesco Rosi. Cast: Salvo Randone, Frank Wolff, Federico Zardi, Pietro Cammarata, Sennuccio Benelli, Max Cartier, Ugo Torrente. A documentary-style drama chronicling the rise and fall of the title character, a real-life Mob chieftain who rose to prominence in post-WWII Sicily. 123 min. DVD X6123
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[Fellini's] Satyricon (1969)
Directed by Federico Fellini. "A free adaptation of the Petronius classic," recreating the bawdy and lecherous days of Nero's reign in ancient Rome. It is also an allegorical satire of the self-indulgence of modern society. 130 min. DVD 647
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La sconosciuta (The Other Woman, aka The Unknown Woman) (2006)
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. Cast: Ksenia Rappoport, Michele Placido, Claudia Gerini. Irena is a young Ukranian woman living in a unidentified Italian city with a horrible past of violence and humiliation. To pursue a mysterious aim she manages to get a job as an house servant for a wealthy couple with a little girl. She grows closer to the family, especially to the girl, who suffers from a rare neurological disease. But someone will come back from her past, bringing new horrors and violence. 115 min. DVD X1175
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Ponzanesi, Sandra. "Europe in motion: migrant cinema and the politics of encounter." Social Identities; Jan2011, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p73-92, 20p UC users only

Sedotta e abbandonata (Seduced and abandoned) (1964)
Directed by Pietro Germi. Cast: Stefania Sandrelli, Saro Urzi, Aldo Puglisi, Lando Buzzanca, Leopoldo Trieste. An Italian girl is seduced by her sister's boyfriend, setting in motion a chain of events which looks with tongue in cheek at the Sicilian code of honor, as the patriarch of the family tries to get the scoundrel to do right by his daughter. 117 min. DVD X2039
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Senso (Wanton Countess) (1954)
Directed by Luchino Visconti. Cast: Alida Valli, Farley Granger, Heinz Moog, Rina Morelli. In 1866, an Italian countess falls into a tempestuous affair with a dashing Austrian officer. When war and revolution break out, she becomes torn between her fervent patriotic commitment and her emotional obsession with one of the enemy. Special features: "The wanton countess", an English-language version of the film ; "The making of Senso", visual essay by film scholar Peter Cowie; "Viva Verdi", a documentary on Visconti, Senso and opera; "Man of Three Worlds: Luchino Visconti," a 1966 BBC program exploring Visconti's mastery of cinema, theater, and opera direction. 115 min. DVD X5385; vhs 999:1551
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Visconti, Luchino. Two screenplays: La terra trema, Senso. Translated from the Italian by Judith Green New York, Orion Press, 1970 (NRLF (UCB) PN1997 .T41513)

Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze) (1976)
Directed by Lina Wertmüller. Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler. A small-time casanova with no political convictions and fewer brains shoots his sister's pimp to save the family honor. He is caught, tried, sent to an insane asylum, volunteers for the Italian army and ends up in a Nazi prison where he learns to survive at any cost. 115 min. DVD 352; VHS 999:2326
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Déléas, Josette. "The Grotesque in Seven Beauties." In: Women filmmakers : refocusing / edited by Jacqueline Levitin, Judith Plessis, and Valerie Raoul. Vancouver : UBC Press, 2002. Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 W655 2003)

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Shoeshine (Sciuscià) (1946)
Directed by Vittorio DeSica. Cast: Franco Interlenghi, Rinaldo Smordoni, Anielo Mele, Bruno Ortensi, Emilio Cigoli. Two shoeshine boys in Nazi occupied Rome become involved in black marketeering, with tragic consequences. 93 min. DVD X2058; vhs 999:733
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Awards
Academy Award - Honorary Award

Sins of Rome: Story of Spartacus (Spartaco) (Italy | France, 1952)
Directed by Riccardo Freda. Cast: Massimo Girotti, Ludmilla Tcherina, Yves Vincent, Gianna Maria Canale, Carlo Ninchi, Vittorio Sanipoli. A retelling of the 1st century B.C. slave revolt which shook the Roman Empire to its core. It is led by a Thracian slave, Spartacus. There is an abundance of romantic plot twists, gladiatorial combat and battle scenes. 90 min. DVD X4875; vhs vhs 999:1601 (vhs is dubbed in English)
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Spartacus (Spartaco) (1914)
Directed by Roberto Chiosso. An early Italian silent era spectacle based on the revolt of the slaves of ancient Rome. One of the historical "kolossals" of the silent era which were produced to stimulate the nationalism of Italians as they veered toward intervention during World War I. 58 min. vhs 999:3246

Spartacus (Spartaco) (1913)
Directed by Giovanni Enrico Vidali. Cast: Luciano Albertini, Enrico Bracci 58 min. vhs 999:3246

An early Italian silent era spectacle based on the revolt of the slaves of ancient Rome. DVD X6324

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Spirits of the Dead (Tre passi nel delirio; aka Histoires extraordinaires) (France / Italy, 1968)
Presents three films based on the dark prose of Edgar Allan Poe. Metzengerstein, directed by Roger Vadim, with Jane Fonda and Peter Fonda, is the tale of a young woman who believes the spirit of the cousin she loved, killed in a stable fire she started, is in a horse that escaped. William Wilson, directed by Louis Malle, with Brigitte Bardot and Alain Delon, is the story of a mean-spirited Austrian officer who kills his doppelganger in a duel. Toby Dammit, directed by Federico Fellini, with Terence Stamp, is about a film star who takes off on a drunken spree after his film is completed, and was liberally adapted from Edgar A. Poe's novel Don't Wager Your Head to the Devil. 121 min. DVD 1819
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La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room) (Italy / France, 2001)
Directed by Nanni Moretti. Cast: Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante, Jasmine Trinca, Giuseppe Sanfelice, Silvio Orlando. Tragedy hits the family of a psychiatrist when his son is killed in an accident, and they struggle with anger and grief until an unexpected visitor forces them to confront their feelings. 100 min. DVD 5527
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival: Palme d'Or

The Stendhal Syndrome (La sindrome di Stendhal) (1996)
Directed by Dario Argento. Cast: Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann, Marco Leonardi. A young policewoman slowly goes insane while tracking down an elusive serial rapist/killer through Italy when she herself becomes a victim of the brutal man's obsession. Inspired by Graziella Magherini's "La Sindrome di Stendhal." 119 min. DVD X5031
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La Strada (The Road) (1954)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Giulleta Masina, Anthony Quinn, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani, Marcella Rovere. A drama portraying the conflict between an intinerant circus strong man whose loneliness is masked by a rough, indifferent exterior, and his simple-minded mistress who serves him with unselfish devotion in the vain hope of winning his love. (DVD Disc 2) Federico Fellini's autobiography, a documentary made for Italian television by Paquito del Bosco; essay by film scholar Peter Matthews. 110 min. DVD 2128; vhs 999:761; 999:2447
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Awards
Academy Award - Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Foreign Language Film

Strategia del Ragno (The Spider's Stratagem) (1970)
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Cast: Giulio Brogi, Alida Valli, Pippo Campanini, Franco Giovannelli, Tino Scotti. A son revisits the village in the Po Valley where his father, an anti-Fascist hero, was murdered in 1936, and learns the man was a traitor executed by his own men. Based on the story "Tema del traditore e dell'eroe" by J.L. Borges. 97 min. vhs 999:2097
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Della Coletta, Cristina "From icon to simulacrum: Bertolucci's La strategia del ragno and the urban labyrinths of the uncanny." In: When stories travel : cross-cultural encounters between fiction and film / Cristina Della Coletta. Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012. (Main (Gardner) Stacks New books PN1997.85 .C65 2012)
Kressner, Ilka. "Space as a Metafictional Marker: Borges' 'Tema del traidor y del héroe'and Bertolucci's Strategia del ragno." Bulletin of Hispanic Studies , 2010, Vol. 87 Issue 8, p977-994, 18p UC users only

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Stromboli (1949)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Mario Vitale, Renzo Cesana, Mario Sponza. A Lithuanian refugee girl marries a poor Sicilian fisherman to escape internment in post-war Italy, but finds herself imprisoned by the primitive and rigidly traditional society when the couple moves to a desert island. 107 min. vhs 999:871
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Suspiria (1977)
Directed by Dario Argento. Cast: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bose, Luciano Tovoli, Joan Bennett. Suzy Banyon, a young American ballet dancer arrives at a prestigious European dance adademy, but murder and the academy's unspeakable secret of supernatural evil turn her expectations into a nightmare. 98 min. DVD 6451
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Swept Away (Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'Agosto) (1975)
Directed by Lina Wertmuller. Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Riccardo Salvino, Isa Danieli, Aldo Puglisi, Eros Pagni. A wealthy upperclass capitalist and a proletariat deckhand on her yacht are marooned together on an uninhabitated island for several weeks. The woman becomes totally dependent on the man for survival, falls in love with him, and the two temporarily reverse their roles. 116 min. DVD 356
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Tenebrae (Italy, 1982)
Directed by Dario Argento. Cast: Elio Germano, Chiara Conti, Elisabetta Rocchetti, Cristina Brondo. Italian master of horror Dario Argento returns to the thriller genre with this sly and sexy tribute to Hitchcock. Giulio, a nerdy film student and lifelong voyeur, begins to believe that two lovely young strangers may have conspired to commit a brutal murder. But when reel obsession leads to real danger, one question alone holds the key to terror: Do you like Hitchcock? 93 min. DVD X1650
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Teorema (Theorem) (1969)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Silvana Mangano, Terence Stamp, Massimo Girotti, Anne Wiazemsky, Laura Betti. In this highly seductive and intellectual look at the bourgeois class of Italy, a mysterious young man visits the family of a wealthy Italian industrialist. They are all temporarily seduced by his sexuality and mystery and equally devastated by his sudden departure. 98 min. DVD 4600; DVD X6261 (PAL); vhs 999:3481
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La Terra Trema: : Episodio del mare (The Earth Trembles) (1948)
Directed by Luchino Visconti. Cast: Indigenous citizens of Aci-Trezza. Primarily an account of the difficult life led by Sicilian fishermen (played by non-professional actors, the indigenous citizens of Aci-Trezza), this haunting film by one of the fathers of Italian neo-realism is part polemic, allowing the images of the villagers' struggle for sustenance in the face of unscrupulous businessmen to relay their sense of frustration and injustice. Based on the novel "I Malavoglia" by Giovanni Verga. 154 min. DVD 1277; DVD X7194
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Luchino Visconti bibliography

Visconti, Luchino. Two screenplays: La terra trema, Senso. Translated from the Italian by Judith Green New York, Orion Press, 1970 (NRLF (UCB) PN1997 .T41513)

La Tivu di Fellini
During the shooting of "Ginger & Fred" in 1985, Fellini directed a number of satirical segments parodying Italian television, quiz shows and advertising, which were intended to be spread throughout the movie, but were later cut. "These crumbs, these shavings, these fragments," as Fellini affectionately called them, were finally rescued and are assembled here. 2003. 35 min. DVD 8844

Tormento (Torment)(1950)
Directed by Raffaello Matarazzo. Cast: Amedeo Nazzari, Yvonne Sanson, Annibale Betrone, Mario Ferrari, Teresa Franchini, Tina Lattanzi, Aldo Nicodemi, Giuditta Rissone, Vittorio Sanipoli, Roberto Murolo, Rosalia Randazzo. Anna flees her home, where she has been victimized for years by her spineless father's mean-spirited second wife, to be with her lover, Carlo, an honest businessman yet to make his fortune. When he is accused of a murder he didn't commit, the couple's domestic tranquility is upended, and a desperate Anna must rely on her cruel stepmother to help support their child. 98 min. DVD X6075
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Toto, Peppino e ... (ho detto dutto)
Contents: Toto e le donne -- La banda degli onesti -- Toto, Peppino e la ... malafemmina -- Toto, Peppino e i fuorilegge -- Toto, Peppino e le fanatiche -- La cambiale -- Signori si nasce e Toto -- Letto a tre piazza -- Toto, Peppino e ... la dolce vita -- Toto e Peppino divisi a Berlino. A selection of the best scenes from the films of the two "unforgettable" Italian comics, Toto and Peppino De Filippo. In Italian. PAL format. 2001. 95 min. Video/C 8844

I tre volti della paura (Black Sabbath) (Italy / France / USA, 1963)
Directed by Mario Bava. Cast: Boris Karloff, Mark Damon, Mich`ele Mercier, Jacqueline Pierreux. Presents Brava's classic triptych (three tales of terror) hosted by Boris Karloff: The telephone: A prostitute is threatened by the pimp she helped send to prison. The wurdalak: A returning patriarch to an Eastern European family may be a Wurdalak--a vampire who thirsts for the blood of his loved ones. A drop of water: A nurse steals a diamond ring from the finger of a dead clairvoyant, and is haunted that night by the woman's ghost. Bonus features: Audio commentary with author Tim Lucas ; A life in film: an interview with Mark Damon ; international and U.S. theatrical trailers ; TV and radio spots ; poster and still gallery ; Mario Bava and Boris Karloff biographies. 92 min. DVD 7575
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La Tregua (The Truce) (Italy / France / Germany / Switzerland, 1996)
Directed by Francesco Rosi. Cast: John Turturro, Rade Serbedzija, Massimo Ghini, Teco Celio, Roberto Citran, Claudio Bisio, Andy Luotto, Agnieszka Wagner and Stefano Dionisi. Tells the true story of humanist Primo Levi and other Italian prisoners liberated from Auschwitz after WWII as they embark on a thousand-mile journey back home to Italy. Along the way, they face great odds but as Primo travels he rediscovers the simply joys of life that the war threatened to destroy forever -- friendship, love, laughter, and most of important of all, a sense of hope. 118 min. DVD 3108
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Crowdus, Gary; Moore, Michael. "Francesco Rosi: Investigating the Relationship between Causes and Effects." Cineaste; Oct94, Vol. 20 Issue 4, p26, 2p UC users only
Poet of civic courage : the films of Francesco Rosi / edited by Carlo Testa. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.R66 P64 1996)
Veronese, Cosetta M. "Paying the price of perpetuating memory: Francesco Rosi's interpretation of Primo Levi's The Truce." Studies in European Cinema, 2008, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p55-66, 12p UC users only

Uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) (1970)
Directed by Dario Argento. Cast: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Eva Renzi, Enrico Maria Salerno, Mario Adorf. An American writer in Italy becomes an amateur sleuth when he witnesses a failed attempt by a serial killer to take the life of the wife of a wealthy gallery owner. 96 min. DVD 5253
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Burke, Frank. "Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage: Caging Women’s Rage." In; Killing women : the visual culture of gender and violence / Annette Burfoot and Susan Lord, editors. Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfred Laurier University Press, c2006. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks HV6517 .K55 2006)
Siegel, Michael. "Geopolitical displacements. The non-place of Argento : The bird with the crystal plumage and Roman urban history." In: Taking place : location and the moving image
John David Rhodes and Elena Gorfinkel, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S4 T35 2011)

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Uccelacci e uccelini (The Hawks and the Sparrows) (1965)
Director, Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi, Toto, Rossana Di Rocco, Lena Lin Solaro. Pasolini uses a comic crow, which philosophizes about the passing scene as a counter point to the performers, representing humanity, as they progress down the road of life, caught between the Church and Marxism. 88 min. DVD 1802; DVD 9705 (in Italian without English subtitles); vhs 999:3098
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L'ultima sequenza (1952)
A documentary examining thousands of previously unseen photographs taken by an American journalist, Gideon Bachmann, on the set of Fellini's Otto e mezzo. 2003. 50 min. DVD 8844

Umberto D. (1952)
Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Cast: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova, Elena Rea, Memmo Carotenuto. The film shows postwar renaissance in Italy after a period of chaotic economic conditions and the emergence of a new spirit of "neorealism". Umberto D., an elderly man, lives alone on a small pension, and tries to maintain his dignity and hold onto his dog, the only thing in the world that he loves and that loves him back. 89 min. DVD 1800; vhs 999:188
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Awards
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Foreign Language Film

Vaghe stelle dell'orsa (Sandra) (1965)
Directed by Luchino Visconti. Cast: Claudia Cardinale, Jean Sorel, Michael Craig, Renzo Ricci, Fred Williams, Amalia Troiani, Marie Bell. A woman journeys back to her native town of Volterra, ostensibly to attend a ceremony dedicated to her Jewish father who died in a concentration camp. During this journey she confronts old and new ghosts within her family and herself. 100 min. DVD X5038
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

Il Vangelo secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew)(Italy / France, 1964)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Cast: Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini, Mario Socrate, Marcello Morante. The film, which won a Special Jury Prize at the 1964 Venice Film Festival, is different from other cinematic depictions of the life of Christ in that there is no screenplay per se. Pasolini limited himself to the account by Matthew: only words written by the Saint are employed; no additional dialogue was written and only scenes described by Matthew are shown. Pasolini used no professional actors (his mother plays the older Mary) and he dedicated his film "to the dear familiar memory of John XXIII". 136 min. DVD 1801; vhs 999:143
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

Vincere(Italy | France, 2009)
Directed by Marco Bellocchio. Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Michela Cescon, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio. Dramatization of the relationship between fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and Ida Dalser, the woman he loved, eventually scorned, denounced, and then wrote out of history. Mussolini's rise to power and Dalser's descent into an insane asylum are tragic counterpoints in a doomed romance. Dalser may have been written off at the time, but she is allowed a final, unexpected triumph in this cinematic masterwork. 124 min. DVD X5420
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I Vinti(Italy | France, 1953)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Cast: Franco Interlenghi, Patrick Barr, Anna-Maria Ferrero, Eduardo Ciannelli, Evi Maltagliati. A unique triptych film featuring three murders, one taking place in Paris, another in Rome, and another in London. All of the perpetrators are affluent youths, each killing for his own dubious motive. In the France segment, a group of adolescents kill for money, even though they don't need it. In the London segment, a poet uncovers a woman's body and tries to profit from the discovery. And in the Italian segment (original uncut elongated version), a student becomes caught up in a smuggling ring, with deadly results. Special features: Interviews with one of the writers, Turi Vasile, and actor, Franco Interlenghi; rare short Antonioni film, Tentato suicidio (1953 : 23 min.), booklet containing critical analysis of film, director biography and filmography. 114 min. DVD X6164
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La vita è bella (Life Is Beautiful) (1997)
Directed by Roberto Benigni. Cast: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giustino Durano, Sergio Bustric, Lydia Alfonsi, Giorgio Cantarini, Horst Buchholz, Marisa Paredes. A charming but bumbling waiter who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor has won the heart of the woman he loves and has created a beautiful life for his young family. Then that life is threatened by World War II. 116 min. DVD 124; VHS 999:2503
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival: Grand Prize
Broadcast Film Critics Association - Best Foreign Language Film
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize of the Jury (Roberto Benigni)
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film
National Board of Review, USA - Special Achievement in Filmmaking

I Vitelloni (1953)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Franco Interlenghi, Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizzi, Leopoldo Trieste, Eleanora Ruffo. Character study of five aimless young men living in a small Italian town, based in part upon Fellini's own experiences and those of his acquaintances. 99 min. DVD 2887; vhs 999:869
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La voce di Pasolini
Pier Paolo Pasolini has a sacred, religious and arcane love towards the masses and, opposite this, a deep hate for the bourgeois. Thirty years has passed since his death, but his words, those he left in the form of verses, songs, stories, tales, films and interviews, even today contain authentic and sacred truths. It is through these words, still annoying, scandalous, atrocious, and sublime, that the authors of this documentary have decided to rediscover the historical value of this poet, of his message and life. Directed by Matteo Cerami e Mario Sesti. In Italian without English subtitles. c2006. 53 min. DVD 9454

La voce umana (Italy, 1948)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Anna Magnani, Federico Fellini. SEE L'amore

We the Living (Noi vivi) (1986)
Directed by Goffredo Alessandrini. Cast: Fosco Giachetti, Alida Valli, Rossano Brazzi, Giovanni Grasso, Emilio Cigoli. In the chaotic years following the Russian revolution, three individuals courageously defy an oppressive, state-controlled society. Kira, torn between two men, struggles with them for the right to live their own lives. We the living is an authorized adaptation of two films, Noi vivi and Addio Kira originally produced, without authorization in Italy in 1942. Film was originally banned by Mussolini and lost since World War II; the film was rediscovered and re-edited from its original 4-hour length and released theatrically in 1988. Special features (Disc 2): Deleted scenes and "We the living, a lost treasure recovered." 174 min. DVD X6340
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The White Shiek (Lo Sceicco bianco) (1952)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Alberto Sordi, Brunella Bovo, Leopoldo Trieste, Guilietta Masina. Ivan and his bride Wanda arrive in Rome to meet his relatives after their marriage. Wanda sneaks off to meet her favorite fotoromanzi actor, the White Sheik. While she is meeting with him, Ivan, who is searching for her, tries to excuse her absence to the relatives. After making a mess of her life, she attempts suicide and is taken to a mental hospital. She and Ivan are reunited just in time to have an audience with the Pope and then meet Ivan's family. Story of the hand-to-mouth existence of a troupe of engaging but not especially talented vaudeville performers who are joined by an ambitious, beautiful young girl of limited talents. She becomes the center of attraction for the company, but she deserts them all for a more upscale show. Based on a story by Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini and Tullio Pinelli. 86 min. DVD 1681; vhs 999:2628
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Federico Fellini bibliography

Fellini, Federico. Early screenplays: Variety lights, The white sheik. Translated from the Italian by Judith Green. New York, Grossman Publishers, 1971. (NRLF (UCB) PN1997 .F387513 1971)

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Ieri, Oggi, Domani)(Italy / France, 1963)
Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Cast: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni. Three humorous tales (Adelina of Naples; Anna of Milan; Mara of Rome) that portray Italian women who manipulate their sexual favors to get what they want out of the self-centered men in their lives. 120 min. DVD 5534; vhs 999:2430
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film
Golden Globe Awards - Samuel Goldwyn Award (Foreign Language Film)

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Films by Italian Directors in languages other than Italian

The Passenger (Professione: Reporter) (Italy / France / Spain / USA, 1975)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider. Day in and day out, TV reporter David Locke endures a world of defeat and hopelessness--the wars and grandstand politics of his public life and the empty monotomy of his marriage. If he could, Locke would walk away from it all and never return. 119 min. DVD X3141; vhs 999:748
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The Truce (Tregua; Reawakening) (Italy / France / Germany / Switzerland, 1996)
Directed by Francesco Rosi (in English). Cast: John Turturro, Rade Serbedzija, Massimo Ghini, Teco Celio, Roberto Citran, Claudio Bisio, Andy Luotto, Agnieszka Wagner and Stefano Dionisi. Tells the true story of humanist Primo Levi and other Italian prisoners liberated from Auschwitz after WWII as they embark on a thousand-mile journey back home to Italy. Along the way, they face great odds but as Primo travels he rediscovers the simply joys of life that the war threatened to destroy forever -- friendship, love, laughter, and most of important of all, a sense of hope. 118 min. DVD 3108
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