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This section will review sevaral Italian movies that will be available in the United States
You can find the following Italian film titles in the US:
- I Soliti Ignoti - big deal on Madonna street : A classic
- Johnny Stecchino - Benigni
- Il Mostro - Benigni slapstick but funny
- La vita e' bella - Benigni comedy / drama
- Mediterraneo - Diego Abbanantuomo
- il Postino - Massimo Troisi
- Pane e Tulipani / Bread and Tulips (2000)
- Le Fate Ignoranti - not quite a comedy but quite good
- Mad About Opera / Follie per l'Opera (1950)
If you have a region free DVD you can find several decent Italian comedies with English subtitles like:
Giuletta Masina in La Strada
Wide eyed and snub nosed, actress Giuletta Masina was no great beauty. But her face held an innocence and compelling wistfulness that could reach out from the cinema screen and touch the hardest of hearts.
Masina was married to Federico Fellini, and he saw in her a Chaplinesque charm irresistible to a director. He set about crafting a story for her that would evoke emotion in all who saw it.
A Review of Profondo Rosso
The movie begins with a murder in flashback. A young child is witnessing the murder of a family member. There's a Christmas tree and other holiday decorations around. It's a hatchet murder.
Pane e Tulipani - What a Delightful Film!
Pane e Tulipani (Bread and Tulips) is such a sweet film. It's a romantic comedy starring Licia Maglietta as Rosalba Maresanto Barletta. She was married young to a plumbing supplier. Now, in her 40s with two teenage sons, Rosalba is unhappy. She is on a family vacation and gets left behind at a rest stop. She had to go to the ladies' room. Her husband calls to yell at her and tell her to wait for them. She doesn't.
Rosalba takes off. Initially, she plans to go home and spend some time alone. As she gets out on the open road, she decides that maybe it's time she took a vacation from her life. She ends up in Venice. She's from Pescara and has never been to Venice before. The first night there she eats dinner at a lovely restaurant with a nice waiter, Fernando (Bruno Ganz).
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.
The Best Italian Movies, and Best Italian Comedies:
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