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Any favorite Italian movies to get in the mood

Any favorite Italian movies to get in the mood

Oct 28th, 2002, 07:41 AM
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Wait a minute...Just thought of another one.

"Venice, Venice" is about an American movie director gets an award at the Venice Film Festival and his romance with a lovely French journalist.

Molto Venice scenes.

Like "Bread And Tulips", this is another one of those "low budget...high quality" foreign movies that Hollywood film morons, with their preoccupation with targeting the 12 to 24 year old 3rd grade mentality movie crowd, will never figure out how to produce.
Oct 28th, 2002, 07:56 AM
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Thanks, Alice, for the correct Italian title and for the tip on "la Famiglia".

I'll check it out.
Oct 28th, 2002, 08:18 AM
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There is an old movie from the '60's called "Rome Adventure" with Troy Donahue and Suzanne Pleshette. It's a really bad movie, but it has some wonderful Italian scenery.
Oct 28th, 2002, 08:20 AM
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Oops, in looking back, I noticed someone had already mentioned "Rome Adventure" - sorry for the repetition.
Oct 28th, 2002, 08:44 AM
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Oh, a brand new title!!! "Johan Padan a la discoverta de le Americhe". This might be nice for kids, since it is a cartoon. Taken from a stage show by Nobel prize winner Dario Fo, it is the story, set in the XIV century, of an Italian boy from Bergamo who travels to Venice, than to Spain and finally to Florida and of how he gets in touch with the local Indians. Although the bulk of the movie is set in America, there are some grat Venice scenes, just to get your kids in the mood.

Oct 28th, 2002, 09:03 AM
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Great scenery in "Three Coins in a Fountain"--an older movie with Audrey Hepburn.
Oct 28th, 2002, 10:20 AM
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Mention of "La Famiglia" reminded me of one of my all-time favorite films, "C'eravamo Tanto Amati (We All Loved Each Other So Much)" also directed by Ettore Scola. It's from the 70's and has Vittoria Gassman, Nino Manfredi, and Stefania Sandrelli, and is so well-acted and just a delight. It's a bittersweet comedy about the divergent paths of three former partisans in post-war Italy. One of the subtexts is a tribute to the neo-realist filmmakers. (It probably helps to have a little background about Italian films and politics before watching it.) It's even sometimes available at (ugh) Blockbuster.

BTW, "Three Coins in the Fountain" had Dorothy McGuire, not Audrey Hepburn. I think Marla's confusing it with "Roman Holiday."
Jan 1st, 2003, 02:24 PM
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Jan 1st, 2003, 07:49 PM
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I don't think anyone has mentioned Malena. That's a great movie, for scenery as well as the story. My other favorites are Cinema Paradiso, Talented Mr. Ripley, & Johnny Stecchino (a good comedy).
Jan 1st, 2003, 08:24 PM
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"The Gardens of the visconti...forget the exact title. ""The Conformist.
Italy or not=two great films.
p.s. Nncy, I bought the soundtrack of stealing beauty is is great!
Jan 1st, 2003, 09:37 PM
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The Godfather should do it.
Jan 2nd, 2003, 03:33 AM
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Don't forget Roberto Benigni's Il Monstero --- wonderfully funny, set in modern-day Naples. And if you want to see Florence and guts -- Hanibel
Jan 2nd, 2003, 04:05 AM
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Sounds a little funny but the new Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson movie, "When in Rome" has wonderful scenery and lots of shots all over Rome. If you are trying to convince you pre-teen/teen into a trip to Rome, this movie will do the trick.

By the way, if anyone watches this movie, please tell me what the hotel is that they stay in. It might be a private residence used in the movie but the balcony is gorgeous and overlooks the Colosseum.
Jan 2nd, 2003, 07:05 AM
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"Summertime"(1955) with Katherine Hepburn provides some of the best footage of Venice.
Mar 31st, 2003, 02:11 PM
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Agree with Pam, Summertime has beautiful scenes of the city..I like also, La Dolce Vita,
Thee Coins in The Fountain,
Roman Holidays.. All these are old classic movies with excellent sceneries of Rome ........
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Mar 31st, 2003, 02:41 PM
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Rex said: "great for Venice - - but not such great movies in their own right .... "Dangerous Beauty".

I must respectfully disagree. I loved "Dangerous Beauty, and it had me dreaming about Venice and, uh, other things, too.
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Mar 31st, 2003, 02:48 PM
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Not exactly the type of movies other people have posted, but it is a great partnering of Jack Lemmon and Marcello Mastoianni: Maccheroni (Macaroni) 1985. Jack Lemmon, a businessman visits Naples for the first time since WWII. He is greeted by his old friend Mastroianni,who has spent the years since the war reinventing J. Lemmon as a superhero. Also, it's spoken in English.
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Mar 31st, 2003, 02:49 PM
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Just saw a preview this weekend for a new movie called "The Italian Job", with Donald Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, and Charlize Theron.

An apparent remake of the 1969 British film of the same name, starring Michael Caine, it's about a heist that takes place in Venice, but then the action appears to switch to the U.S.
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Mar 31st, 2003, 02:51 PM
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Which is the movie where there are a group of American women working in Rome and one of them runs off with an Italian man and he takes her to his family home in a truck w/o brakes.
I remember seeing it, but that is about it.
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Mar 31st, 2003, 03:14 PM
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How did you like "The Italian Job" Capo? The original is one of my husband's favorite movies.
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