Cinema Italiano

Monday, June 22nd, 2015
This section's dedicated to Cinema Italiano, Italian Cinema: from its history, to its main protagonists, we'll present you the Italian actors and actresses who made the history of the settima arte, along with its most legendary directors and titles, all while keeping an eye on the stars of Italian-American cinema, too.     
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
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
Saturday, March 1st, 2014
  I believe Italian movies are essential to understand how Italians live life. La commedia all' Italiana shows Italy in its most typical behaviours and attitudes, at times bringing them to the extreme, yet always with a touch of irony and a lot of poetic flair.     Read our intro about the commedia all'Italiana here:  Italian Comedies   In the next few paragraphs we'll give you an insight into some of the best known -and loved- of all Italian commedie.
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
  Italian Comedy emerged in Italy in the second half of the 1950s and later developed in the 1960s and ‘70s. It indicated a happy period when Italy produced many different kinds of comedy, all sharing common features such as satire, bourgeois settings, and characterized by a bittersweet approach to story telling. Comedies before the 1950s were light and disengaged from the social reality, or part of the Pink neorealism movement which explored shifting social, cultural, and sexual ideals in
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Cinecittà Cinecittà Studios SpA, refounded in 1997 (Mr. Luigi Abete president), is a complex of theaters and studios, located on the eastern outskirts of Rome. Here movies and TV shows are made. In the past were mostly movies but, due to the TV outbreak, most of the movie studios were turned into TV facilities.   Cinecittà begins during the fascist period. After a series of feature films, which made the Italian movie biz known worldwide. First of all ‘Cabiria’ (Giovanni
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
Scene from Thais   Italy was the first country to create an avant-garde movement in film, Futurism. The Manifesto of Futurist cinema dates back to 1916 (though some experiments were occurring before then) and was signed by, among others, Filippo Marinetti, Armando Ginna, Bruno Corra, Giacomo Balla, and other notable members of the Futurists movement. The Manifesto claimed that cinema was "by nature" a futurist art, thanks to the lack of a past and traditions, but the signers did not
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
Moloch's Temple in Cabiria (from Wikipedia)   Like many other countries, the first films Italy produced were documentaries. Unlike today's, they were only a few seconds long and filmed with a simple camera; the subject matter was the news and celebrities of their time, mostly kings, emperors and popes. An early pioneer was Filoteo Alberini, an ex-cartographer of the Military Geographic Institute of Florence. The first Italian movie whose title is known is dated 1896 and
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
  Italian Cinema: Vacanze di Natale   It all began in 1983 with Vacanze di Natale (Christmas Holidays), a comedy by Italian directors and screenwriters Carlo and Enrico Vanzina. The movie reunited most of the actors who played in the successful movies Sapore di Mare (Taste of the Sea, 1982) and Sapore di Mare 2 - Un Anno Dopo (Taste of the Sea 2 - One Year Later, 1983). The two romantic comedies were set in 1960s Italy amidst the economic boom of the time and played heavily on
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
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
The Muccino brothers: Gabriele (left) and Silvio (right) To many it may seem like the Golden Age of Italian cinema has passed, especially if the yardstick by which greatness is measured is participation in and relevance to international projects and markets. The time of actors like Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni and the great directors like Federico Fellini has passed, but the love they receive from Italians and those around the world lives on. Roberto Benigni, Oscar-winner for
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
Italian Neorealism   Neorealim: Ladri di Biciclette Before the end of World War II and the fall of Mussolini's Fascist regime a different genre of Italian cinema emerged called Neorealism. The movement began in 1942 and took off in 1943. When the war ended Italy did not simply bounce back with years of economic depression and hardship. Neorealism was a reflection of the time with its depiction of post-war years the genre would dominate Italian cinema for almost ten years, as well as
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The so-called B movies of 1960s and 1970s Italian cinema have recently seen a revival, thanks largely to Quentin Tarantino and our culture's post-modern tendency of digging out all that is old--especially the trashy--and making it new again. In fact, the trashier the better. In the 1980s, when the future director of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction was still working in a video store, he stumbled upon a number of films by the Italian director Fernando Di Leo.  How those movies