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What are your favorite Italian movies?
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Debra
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:11 pm    Post subject: What are your favorite Italian movies? Reply with quote

I have been thinking about this for a while and I can't decide--it's between "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" with Sophia Loren and Marcello
Mastrioni [sp?] and "Marriage Italian Style".
As far as today's movies, I loved "Malena" with Monica Bellucci.
Oh-"and "Life is Beautiful".

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2006 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Debra wow what a topic! I love all the classics - my absolute favourite would have to be Le Notte Bianche by Visconti - no matter how many times I watch Marcello in his role it always has a haunting effect on me. I also enjoy Michelangleo Antonioni's films - Mastroianni featured in La Notte with Jeanne Moreau and I would suggest that you see that one if you haven't already done so. I love Sofia Loren in Pane, Amore e .... I always enjoy watching De Sica's 'Pane' films. Mmmm.. modern Italian films... I liked La Spettatrice (2004) and Le Conseguenze dell'Amore (2004). I also enjoyed Malena and La Vita e` bella due to the fact they aimed to capture Italy as it used to be. Have you seen Cinema Paradiso? It always makes me cry. I'm not a fan of the films that I call the 'L'Ultimo Bacio' genre - these stories of indulgent and self-pitying characters always make me feel like hurling. I think Italian cinema today (like the rest of the world) is comercially driven and therefore will use a formula that will guarantee a return on the investment.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2006 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have found that most Italian films I have seen I either LOVE them and can watch them over and over again or I HATE them.
In the LOVE CATEGORY:

Mediterraneo
Johnny Stecchino
Cinema Paradiso
Il Mostro
La Vita Bella
Il Postino
Pane e Tulipane
Caro Diario
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and while it isn't in Italian it does take place in Italy - It Started in Naples with Sofia Loren and Clark Gable.

Italian films seem to have embrassed the Gore/Horro genre of films and I can't get into those - in any language.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2006 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sonia, I have never seen Le Notte Bianche! But now I have to !!!!
Yes, I have seen Cinema Paradiso and loved that too. As a matter of fact, the third one by that same director is The Star Maker, also taking place in Sicily and I forgot to mention it. LOVED it!!
Have you seen that one?

Tori, Loved, Il Postino! I didn't see Pane and Tulipane though I know they have it in Blockbuster so I need to rent that too. I loved It Started in Naples too. I grew up idolizing Sophia! My cousin surprised with an autographed photo of her a few years ago for my birthday. I think her and Marcello are two of the greatest actors of our time. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2006 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the top of the list (for me) must be "The Secret of Santa Vittoria" with Anna Magnani and Anthony Quinn. Hot on that one's tail comes "The Rose Tatto" for which she (Magnani) won the Best Actress Oscar in '55.

Then we come to "La Loren" a totally different woman from Magnani, but non the less a superb dramatic actress. Such a pity that all Hollwood seemed to want her to do initially was 'to flash her bits', and yet as far as real dramatic acting goes she was right up there with the likes of Magnani....

Her role in Desire Under the Elms with Anthony Perkins, based upon the Eugene O'Neill play was also superb. Then of course who could ever forget her in Vittorio De Sica's, Two Women in 1960. A film that earned many awards including the Cannes, Venezia and Berlin festivals' best performance prizes. Her performance was also awarded an Academy Award for Best Actress, the first major Academy Award for a non-English language performance.

N.B. She "La Loren" will appear in the 2007 Pirelli Calendar, at the age of 71, allegedly wearing only diamond earrings.

Another couple of my favourite 'classics' that they don't seem to show any more are "Bitter Rice" with Silvana Mangano and Ingrid Bergmans "Stromboli".

But there have been some really good films made with and by Italians both here in Italy and elswhere. But I do tend to agree that the modern day cinema seems to lack that 'down to earth' approach of yesteryear in favour of the commercialism of film making today!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2006 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OH MY GOD!!! HOW COULD I FORGET "TWO WOMEN"!!!!!!

What a wonderful performance by Sophia and yes, while differtent than Magnani, she was just as good a dramatic actress that was definately exploited at some point in the beginning.

Carole I have seen the "Secret of Santa Vittoria" but such a long time ago that now I want to see it again. Now I know I saw The Rose Tattoo also--Carole, you're making me want to see these again--I have forgotten them a bit and I know they're great movies!
I'm going to the video store tonight. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Again apologies for spelling you name wrong Sonya!!

Don't know what is wrong with me!!
I hope you see this!!! Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loved the Secret of Santa Vittoria - although I too haven't seen it for years. It was a nice, gentle film, and funny too. Why don't they make more like that these days?????

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose it's because it wouldn't make enough money....

Marisa - Your point has just given me an idea for a new thread!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the movie L'ultimo Bacio!!!! I even bought it!!! I love Paolo in the movie, he is so eccentric and hyper. He is also very sexy! call me

The american version of the movie is coming out this fall. It is called The Last Kiss, same title, Zach Braff is the main character....can't wait to see it!!!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have only seen a couple but out of those couple I would have to agree with Debra on this one. It was "Malena" That I liked the most.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know I posted a thread on Montalbano but I really need to gush to someone about Luca Zingaretti and the whole Montalbano series Drool

OK back to movies - I think it's interesting they're going to do an American version of L'ultimo Bacio. How do you think they'll approach it? Like I said in an earlier post I'm not keen on films like 'l'ultimo Bacio' but it is always interesting when foreign films are adapted for English audiences (eg Vanilla Sky). I think sometimes adaptations work but I think a lot of the cultural nuances are lost that make the foreign version interesting in the first place.

Talking about Italian film did anyone see the four part documentary by Martin Scorsese ' My Voyage to Italy'? This is excellent for anyone who wants to get a good general overview of Italian cinema classics.

Hey Debra lots of Mastroianni in this one! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rocco e soui fratelli has always been my favorite, although i cant explain why. Granted I havent seen that many italian movies (i just dont watch that many movies in general, guess I've gotten in the habit over the years of not having enough time) but when i was studying in Macerata i took a film class and this one stuck with me so much that when i got back to the states i hunted down a copy to buy. Since then it's always been what i watch when i want a dose of Italian - the first time i was able to watch it without subtitles was great :D Watching movies in the original language is so much better as the translations never seem to be that great.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lori, I agree with you--moive translations are not good and not reliable.
I just wish my Italian were better so I could follow along!!

I haven't seen L'ultimo Baccio . I don't really like when they are remade in English Sonya. I too feel a lot is lost in the translation. I really liked "Open Your Eyes" [forgot the Spanish title!] over Vanilla Sky".

Haven't seen the documentary of Scorsese's but I would love too!
Especailly since it's got OUR GUY in it Sonya!! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Lori Rocco ei Suoi Fratelli is an absolute classic! It's an excellent film by Luchino Visconti (who did my all time favourite Le Notti Bianchi') I love the 'swarthiness' of this film - gritty but emotional.

I wanted to know are foreign films in America dubbed always with English-speaking voices or are they subtitled? In Australia they are usually subtitled (original voices English text at the bottom of the screen)
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