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elizabeth Sep 10th, 2002 08:00 AM

Any favorite Italian movies to get in the mood
Going to Italy this fall. Any good movies set in Italy?

ann Sep 10th, 2002 08:15 AM

agony & ecstasy

Movie Sep 10th, 2002 08:15 AM

Roman Holiday (Audrey Hepburn, I think)<BR>Only you (Marisa Tomea & Robert Downey Jr.)

Howard Sep 10th, 2002 08:16 AM

Bread and Tulips, a delightful Italian film that'll really put you in the mood!

Rex Sep 10th, 2002 08:17 AM

Others will have tons of their own favorites, but I nominate "Life is Beautiful", "Much Ado about Nothing" and "Tea with Mussolini" near the top of my list.<BR><BR>Two others - - great for Venice - - but not such great movies in their own right are "Wings of the Dove" and "Dangerous Beauty".<BR><BR>For Tuscany, "Stealing Beauty" is in that same category, and another one about a young woman who aspires to be a painter in renaissance Italy as well. Anyone remember the title of that? Was it Artemisia?<BR><BR>Lots of others mentioned on this site.<BR><BR>Best wishes,<BR><BR>Rex<BR>

zootsi Sep 10th, 2002 08:17 AM

There are sooo many! Two of my favorites are Cinema Pardisio and Il Postiano. There was also the recent one where the Italian housewife runs away and rents an apartment in Venice, but I can't remember it's name! In my opinion Italy makes the most entertaining movies in the world.

xx Sep 10th, 2002 08:19 AM

Only You with Robert Downey Jr. and Marissa Tomei

kate Sep 10th, 2002 08:23 AM

EM Forster's classic "Room with a View", with the two grand dames of English Theatre, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, as a hilarious double act

Gina Sep 10th, 2002 08:23 AM

The movie with the Italian housewife who runs away to Venice is Bread and Tulips.

Dee Sep 10th, 2002 08:29 AM

Malena<BR>Talented Mr. Ripley...

Paul Sep 10th, 2002 08:31 AM

La Dolce Vita

Suzanne Sep 10th, 2002 08:36 AM

I am wondering about what years these movies take place in? Someone suggested I see Life Is Beautiful, but it took place in 1939 and through WWII. I would like to see movies that depict Italy today, any suggestions for that? Thanks in Advance!

Alice Twain Sep 10th, 2002 08:41 AM

One more vote for "Bread and tulips". One of the best Italian movies of the last few years. Director Silvio Soldini is the brother of solo sailer Giovanni Soldini and is one of the leading directors of Italy. "Pane e tulipani" ("Bread and tulips") shows an Italy that is far from the usual touristy preception of Italy fut far closer to real Italy.<BR>Another coule or three suggestions are "La lingua del Santo" ( by Carlo Mazzacurati, "Le fate ignoranti" ( by Ferzan Ozpetek (the director is Turkis, but has been living in Italy for mos of his life), "Il ladro di bambini" ( and "Cos&igrave; ridevano" ( by Gianni Amelio, "Ferie d'agosto" ( by paolo Virz&igrave;, and "I cento passi" ( by Marco Tullio Giordana.

Jayne Sep 10th, 2002 09:38 AM

Enchanted April

xxx Sep 10th, 2002 09:49 AM

Last Kiss (Florence).

Sarah Sep 10th, 2002 10:29 AM

Fun Thread.<BR>Just something of a warning I absolutely hated Stealing Beauty.<BR><BR>I liked Only You, Il Postino (wonderful cinematography), Cinema Paradiso (transition from old to new cinema how it mirrors Italian life), La Dolce Vita actually anything Frederico Felinni put out and with Marcella Mastrianie (sp) YUM!!! I will say it again YUM! … I think life is beautiful is beautifully filmed but it is so sad I think you have to be ready to be sad. As far as not seeing it because it takes place during WWII well you are still seeing a heavy Italian influence. The people that made this film live in Italy and you will feel this mood toward the visual, food, beauty etc when you are there. One a side note, TAKE ME WITH YOU!!!<BR><BR>I don't really like the English vacation in Italy movies for a sense of Italy. They are good for watching English movies. So many of them are about 19century elite visiting a resort, done to death. You want the Italian spirit rent an Italian movie. <BR><BR>The spirit is pretty much unchanged throughout all Italian movies. They might have a different focus but they capture passion well. I am not just speaking about a love passion but the spirit of passion. Many Italian movies capture a broad range of emotions, passions and sentiments. I think this unique to Italian film and what I love about the culture. <BR><BR>Only you the American film, is fun and several scenes are beautiful definitely rent but remember it's American you want to pick up the real thing also.<BR><BR>I don't know if you are in the NYC area but the NYC film festival is soon to be on at Lincoln Center. A film called "My Mother's Smile" is on, no word on it, only think it must be good if it made it to the festival. It was available for purchase(tickets Sat). It's Italian.

x Sep 10th, 2002 10:34 AM

Alice Twain that is a wonderful list but how many of them are going to pop up at our local block buster? <BR><BR>Not sure if you are American but that looks like a tall order on what is often too small of a foreign isle in many U.S video rentals.

Sarah Sep 10th, 2002 10:35 AM

zootsi would love it if you remember that name!

beth Sep 10th, 2002 10:45 AM

Can't believe no one mentioned "A Room with a View" yet. <BR><BR>There is also the "English Patient"

Alice Twain Sep 10th, 2002 10:48 AM

X:<BR><BR>Blockbuster is shit ^_^ Can't you get them at some indipendent video rental? In any case, all these movie have been a major success here in Italy and all of them may hav been distributed in the Usa too, Check out for them because they are really good movies.

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