Historically, Italy has given a lot to the art of filmmaking and Americans have always been fascinated by "Cinema Italiano", finding it and its craftsmanship unique and inspiring. Of course, the Academy has also been very receptive to the films produced in 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 detail which films, their directors and the year they won.
Italian cars have been featured in many movies and tv series. Here are some of the most known.
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.
A 1967 red Alfa Romeo Duetto, just like the one driven by Dustin Hoffman in "The Graduate" (wikimedia)
Il Sorpasso (The Easy Life)
Woody Allen's 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 and dubbed, as subtitles were not really appreciated, despite being used by dis...
Overall, 15 Italian movies have received an Oscar: 11 in the Best Foreign Movie category, 3 with a Special Oscar assigned before this category was created, all won by Vittorio De Sica. Some seminal Italian directors, such as Mario Monicelli received six nominations, but never won. Neglected by the Academy have also been great Sergio Leone and Dino Risi.
The Oscars, however, are not only assigned to the best movies or the most talented directors and actors, but also to all those people who, with their talent and excellence in their field, contribute to make a film really...
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), I Mostri (The Monsters, also known as 15 From Rome), "In Nome del Popolo Italiano" (In...
The Best Italian Movies, and the Best Italian Comedies since the 1980s
Read our intro here: Italian Comedies
above: Renato Pozzetto, Carlo Verdone
The 70s had been the years of Italy's sexy comedy on one side, and of a more bittersweet comedic line, magisterially embodied by Fantozzi and by Amici Miei.
In the 1980s, the former lost most of its appeal, while the second kept developing, also through sequels of comedies firstly produced in the 70s (both Fantozzi and Amici Miei had several follow up).
One of the most representative acto...
Antonioni to Zavattini: The essential A-Z of Italian Cinema
Anita Ekberg in the most iconic scene of 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 and Zabriskie Point, made in the USA in 1970...
When speaking of Italian movies, many only think of Ladri di Biciclette (Bicycle Thieves), Il Giardino dei Finzi Contini (The Garden of the Finzi Contini) and La Dolce Vita, of works by the Taviani brothers, Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni and, of course, Federico Fellini.
Truth is these are movies only few Italians actually end up watching on a regular basis: it is Toto', Sordi, Manfredi, Verdone, Gassman, Pieraccioni, Aldo Giovanni e Giacomo that fill most of an Italian's DVD collection and these are the artists you should look...