Italian-movies

Monday, March 16th, 2015
      Italian Film Industry has produced some important movies that have gained international recognition and fame. We have selected here our five favorite of all times.     Best Italian Movies: IL POSTINO / THE POSTMAN (1994)   Director: Michael Radford. Cast: Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret, Maria Grazia Cucinotta. Academy Award for Best Music Score. Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture, Best actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Writing, Screenplay based on Material Previously
Thursday, September 4th, 2014
films set in italy
  From "Roman Holiday" to "The Merchant of Venice"   Roman Holiday, one of the most famous movies set in Rome   Few places can match Italy for natural beauty: while Italy's countryside exudes charm, Italian cities show off their distinctive culture, reflected in architecture or even in their people. Many successful films have been set in various areas of Italy, making the country not only important to the setting, but also the plot of the movies
Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
In this section you will find some info about the most successful and beloved Italian actors. The list is not complete, if you have a favorite actor that is not listed here, leave a comment!   In the picture: Isabella Rossellini in a stamp from Benin. Ph. credit: depositphoto.com/konstantin32
Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
Antonioni to Zavattini: The essential A-Z of Italian Cinema   Fountain scene from La Dolce Vita   Antonioni, Michelangelo: Antonioni was born in Ferrara in 1912, and became a fashionable director in the 60s. He is also celebrated as an author, a screenwriter and painter and is considered one of the most essential figures in the history of Italian cinema. His most famous film was Blow Up, made in London in 1967, starring David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave. This film
Monday, September 23rd, 2013
 We've compiled a list of some of the talented Italians who have won the Academy Awards over the years: Best Director: Frank Capra, although he would go on to become an American citizen, was born in Italy. The director won Academy Awards for such classics as "It Happened One Night," 1934; "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," 1936'; and "You Can't Take It With You," 1938. Bernardo Bertolucci - "The last
Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
  Italy is a country that historically has given a lot to the art of filmmaking and Americans have always been fascinated by "Cinema Italiano", finding it inspiring and its craftsmanship unique. Of course, the Academy has also been very receptive to the films produced by Italy and indeed, as of 2014, Italy is the country that has won more Oscars for best foreign film than any other, a total of 11 Academy awards for best picture and 3 honorary awards.       Let's see in
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Movies - Cinema Italiano It is a mostly unknown fact that motion pictures were invented by an Italian. Inventor Filoteo Alberini is one of the pioneers of cinema. In 1894 he build a machine called Cinetografo (or Kinetograph), that he used to record, develop and project motion pictures. The Lumiere brothers perfected their invention only one year later, but due to a bureocratic problem with the Italian patent office, Alberini was awarded a patent for his machine only after the French
Friday, June 1st, 2012
How to Watch an Italian DVD Overseas An Italian DVD Many people ask me how to watch Italian movies in the US. You will have to solve 2 problems wich are as usual harware and software. Hardware: make sure you have the right DVD player and Software: be able to get Italian movies. This first article will deal with the first issue, the hardware. Background Information: The world-wide DVD market, especially the Italian DVD market, includes countless titles not available in the U.S. as well as
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Dario Argento - The Hitchcock of Giallo Part I Dario ArgentoDario Argento was born on September 7, 1940 in Rome, Italy. His father was the film producer, Salvatore Argento, and his mother was a fashion model named Elda Luxardo. Although many people may believe otherwise due to Dario's stance as the disputed master of Italian horror films, it appears that his childhood was normal. Young Dario did seem to take an interest in the dark literary works of Edgar Allen Poe and the Brothers' Grimm,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Story of Sofia Coppola Sofia CoppolaSofia Coppola pretended not to care when audiences booed her last movie, Marie Antoinette (2006) at the Cannes Film Festival, arguing that it 'was better than a mediocre response'. Bad reviews from critics didn't prevent the film becoming surprisingly successful in France and certainly hasn't stopped the once acclaimed director and fashion icon in her tracks. Born on May 12, 1971, Sofia grew up on her father, famous Italian director, Francis Coppola's
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Woody Allen Voice: Oreste Lionello   Italy has a long and strong tradition in film dubbing and lip sync, to the point that it has probably developed the most important class of "dubbers" in the world. It all started with the first Italian films, where expressive actors who were not blessed with particularly captivating voices were dubbed by others, to the point often the lines of the script were not even actually spoken during filming. Foreign films of course were also translated
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Famed Italian actors Alberto Sordi and Monica Vitti   Most people consider as Italian movies only films like 'Ladri di biciclette' ( Bicycle Thieves)  or 'The garden of the Finzi Contini', 'La dolce vita'  as well as movies from the Taviani Brothers, Visconti, Antonioni and of course Fellini. These are movies that only few Italians actually end up watching - While most Italians will not have any idea of who Visconti is, they all will know Toto', Sordi,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Federico Fellini is one of the best Italian film directors. Born in Rimini in 1920, he started his career as a caricaturist, writer, then scriptwriter and finally film director. He died in Rome in 1993. This is a list of his movies, some of the most representative Italian movies:   Luci del varieta Variety Lights 1950 Fellini's debut film (co-directed with Alberto Lattuada) tells the story of a lovely young lady who talks her way into a job dancing with a bawdy music hall
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Best Italian Movies, and the Best Italian Comedies in the 1980's: Read our intro here:   Italian Comedies above: renato Pozzetto 1980's classic italian comedies The 1980's: During the same period that some Italian comedies were stooping to lower tastes, other Italian comic movies became more refined with actors like Enrico Montesano, Ornella Muti, Francesco Nuti, and CarloVerdone.Two famous comedies from this genre are:   Amici miei Amici miei atto II
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Poster of "The Graduate" Italian movies from the 50s & the 60s Clearly, Italian films of that period featured many Italian cars, and represent a true archive of classic models, which have become highly collectable. They are a great way to see them in motion today, when it became almost impossible to see them on the road.   Il Sorpasso (The Easy Life) This is probably one of the best films ever made, and surely one of the best Italy has produced. An extraordinary chemistry
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  A descendant of "Commedia dell' Arte", Italian Comedy is generally considered to have started with Mario Monicelli's "I Soliti Ignoti" (Big Deal on Madonna Street) with Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Ugo Tognazzi, Alberto Sordi, Claudia Cardinale, Monica Vitti and Nino Manfredi. They were the stars of these movie flicks, which described the years of the economical reprise. In 1961, Dino Risi directed "Il Sorpasso", now a cult-movie, then "Una Vita Difficile" (A Difficult Life
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italy's Gift to World Cinema Sergio Leone is in many ways the least typical of Italian film directors. Leone was born in Rome in 1929, and began his career doing biblical-era epics. His first great film was a remake of the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's film, Yojimbo. Leone's film, released in 1964, was named A Fistful of Dollars. The film would contain many of the hallmarks of Leone's early work. It enlisted the help of Leone's lifelong collaborator, the peerless music composer, Ennio
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Trash Comedy and Sexy Comedies: 70's and 80's I believe that Italian movies are essential to understanding Life in Italy. La commedia all' Italiana shows best of Italy, always with a touch of irony. One different aspect of the Italian movie comedy is the 70s sexy comedy (olso referred to as commedia Trash), a style of its own that definitely has its followers. We can compare this type of comedy perhaps with Cheech and Chong, but sex or the search for sex, not smoke, is what the movie was
Friday, June 1st, 2012
A murder, an unsolved mystery and a book are all part of an event that still endures in the minds of Italians.     From the 14th of October, the Barbican Theatre will host a new controversial staging of a classical European literary work. Based on the work of the Italian writer, director and philosopher Pier Paolo Pasolini, T.E.O.R.E.M.A.T is the latest play created by the multi-award winning Polish director Grzegorz Jarzyna and his company T.R.Warszawa. Sound take over words in
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Biography & Filmography of Bruno Bozzetto (Author Note: You can check out Bruno's classic cartoon, Europeans & Italians at this site. Here's the link: See the cartoon ) Signor Rossi, Bozzetto's most famous characterBruno Bozzetto was born in Milan, Italy in 1938. He created his first animated short in 1958, when he was only 20 years old. It was called Tapum! La storia dell armi (Tapum! The History of Weapons). It deals with the history of weapons from the caveman's club to the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly DVD Cover Italian movie titles on DVD are too many to keep track without a database. However here is just a small sample of some of the best known Italian movies on DVD 10000 dollari per un massacro 1967 R.Guerrieri western 47 morto che parla 1950 C.L.Bragaglia commedia 5 bambole per la luna d'agosto(importazione) 1970 M.Bava thriller 7 pistole per i McGregor 1966 F.Grafield western 7 uomini d'oro(importazione) 1965
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Sophia Loren The world of acting stretches far beyond the sound stages of Beverly Hills and picturesque film locations across Europe. Many of the world's most famous and well-known actors and actresses are of Italian descent, but here are a few Italian-born contributors who have added their flair to the world's entertainment catalog along with some impressive achievements.   Giancarlo Giannini Born August 1, 1942 in La Spezia, Italy, Giancarlo Giannini began his performing
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Movie Reviews: We are now building an Italian Movie review. This section will be limited to the Italian movies availble in DVD that will have English as one of the choice languages or English subtitles. At least for the moment we will limited then to a very small sub-set of the Italian classic and comedy movies.