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Let's take a look at these films, their directors and the years in which they won:
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.
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 made it to a video store in Santa Monica in the middle of the 1980s remains a mystery, as by then Di Leo was a forgotten figure of Italian cinema. The director's early 1970s thrillers had slipped into obscurity and his career had met a premature ending. It was a sheer stroke of luck that Tarantino discovered Di Leo's work, which would go a long way to inspiring Tarantino's own unique, brash and, yes, often times trashy style.
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.
When iconic Italian actress and showgirl Sandra Mondaini died on September 21, 2010, at age 79, the majority of Italians were saddened, but not many were surprised. Seeing Mondaini at the funeral of husband Raimondo Vianello, dead at 87 just five months earlier, it was clear how much of a toll the loss of her beloved had taken on the actress. The love and bond between the two proved too strong and the actress soon followed the husband she had met in 1958 and married in 1962.
The Best Italian Movies, and the Best Italian Comedies in the 1980's:
Read our intro here: Italian Comedies
above: renato Pozzetto
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 all about. Popular actors of this genre included Lando Buzzanca, Lino Banfi, Mario Carotenuto, Aldo Giuffre', Aldo Maccione, Pippo Franco, Bombolo, Renato Pozzetto, Gianfranco D' Angelo, Alvaro Vitali,Renzo Montagnani, Edwige Fenech, Laura Antonelli,Gloria Guida, Anna Maria Rizzoli, Barbara Bouchet,Carmen Villani.
The Best Italian Movies, and the Best Italian Comedies (Il meglio della commedia all' Italiana)
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. Read our intro here: Italian Comedies
How to Watch an Italian DVD Overseas
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.
The world-wide DVD market, especially the Italian DVD market, includes countless titles not available in the U.S. as well as special edition discs not available in the U.S.
The Best Italian Movies, and Best Italian Comedies:
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, Manfredi, Verdone, Gasmann, Pieraccioni, Aldo Giovanni e Giacomo, etc...
Antonioni to Zavattini
The essential A-Z of Italian Cinema
Antonioni, Michelangelo: Antonioni was born in Ferrara in 1912, and became a fashionable director in the 60s, although his films are considered dated now. His most famous film was Blow Up, made in London in 1967, starring David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave. This film and Zabriskie Point, made in the USA in 1970, are somewhat overblown depictions of the psychedelic culture of the 60s.