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Aside from "Under the Tuscan Sun", which I loved, what are your favorite movies/documentaries filmed in or about Italy?

Aside from "Under the Tuscan Sun", which I loved, what are your favorite movies/documentaries filmed in or about Italy?

Old Apr 26th, 2005, 06:59 AM
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Watched 'Umberto D' on the advice of Martin Scorcese (He did a programme on Italian film called 'Mi viaggio in Italia')

This rivals Vittoria de Sica's other gem The Bicycle Thief.

A film not mentioned, but perhaps because it's not family friendly in Malena, featuring the gorgeous Monica Belluci. Directed by Guiseppe Tornatore who did 'Cinema Paradisio'.

Another 'Mediterraneo' is quite enjoyable. Not as good as the 'Best Foreign Language' oscar it won suggests though.

I recently really enjoyed a film called 'Io non ho paura' (I'm Not Scared) set in the Sicilian countryside about a kidnap plot.

And have recently bought a film called 'Respiro' off the back that it won plaudits at the Cannes film festival in 2002. I've yet to watch it however!


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Old Apr 26th, 2005, 07:22 AM
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The HBO film, My House in Umbria, is well worth a watch-gorgeous scenery of the countryside and Siena and a nice story featuring Maggie Smith.
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Old Apr 26th, 2005, 07:41 AM
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There is a nick nack store in Rome that is only things from Roman Holiday. Calendars, scarves, etc, etc. Somewhere near Piazza Eustachio
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Old Apr 26th, 2005, 08:41 AM
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Taken together, this is an excellent list.
I don't think anyone mentioned Avanti! with Jack Lemmon, about 1971.
My Italy film list is on the web at:
http://www.be.wvu.edu/divecon/econ/hawley/italfilm.html

Comments on it are welcome!
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Old Apr 26th, 2005, 09:00 AM
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We view "A Bicycle Thief" in our movie/film study course here at my college. And I studied "Cinema Paradiso" when I went to school as well.

One not mentioned and that gave me a true feeling of Italy, "Christ Stopped at Eboli". It's excellent, superb picture of back, back water village life, during Fascist times. Terrific acting.

There are only a few on here that I have missed. "Tree of the Wooden Clogs" is one. I'll try to rent it. I watch a lot of Italy and French movies with subtitles.
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Old Apr 26th, 2005, 09:29 AM
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I also love Bertolucci, as well as de Sica's The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, and Caro Diario, directed by and starring Nanni Moretti.
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Old Apr 26th, 2005, 10:45 AM
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Two beautiful movies filmed in Venice (but probably not suitable for young kids):

Wings of the Dove (1997 or so, with Helena Bonham Carter)--Film adaptation of the Henry James novel--Lovely!

Death in Venice (1971, with Dirk Bogarde)--Based on Thomas Mann's novella--A downer, yes, but worthwhile.
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Old Apr 29th, 2005, 06:31 PM
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Dayle picked one of my favorite movies..."Dangerous Beauty"...after seeing this I developed a huge (as yet unrequited) crush on Rufus Sewell.

<imaginging all the women on this board rushing out to rent it...hehehehhe

Ok, it's not family friendly, but when the kids go to bed....

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Old Apr 29th, 2005, 06:44 PM
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'Don't Look Now," Venice with Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. It's not a love story, it's scary.
 
Old Apr 29th, 2005, 07:09 PM
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For those of you who live in or near NYC, there is a Massimo Troisi Tribute running at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center-thru May 5- tonight I saw Il Postino and Recomincio da Tre, tomorrow they will show one of my all time favorites, with M.Troisi and Roberto Begnini- "Non ci Resta Che Piangere" , ("There's Nothing Left to Do But Cry&quot which is near impossible to find here, so it's a good opportunity!

Massimo Troisi portrays the Neopolitan personality better than anyone since Totó, IMHO.

And several others in the following days.

The Walter Reade Theater website has all the details of the screenings.
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Old Apr 29th, 2005, 08:24 PM
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A good family friendly movie that takes place mostly in Paris, but ends up in Venice is "A Little Romance" with Laurence Olivier and a teenage Diane Lane. Very cute!

Rufus Sewell: I continue to have dreams that he is madly in love with me!! Imagine, Rufus in love with a fiftyish housewife!!!
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Old Apr 29th, 2005, 08:40 PM
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Some favorites are: Cinema Paradisio (already mentioned several times), Chocolat (Johnny Depp, very easy on the eyes and a great plot) and "A Walk in the Clouds" (nice scenery). And an older movie "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." Very funny!
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Old Apr 30th, 2005, 04:22 AM
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Let's not forget that Padme's palace and her wedding to Anakin in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones were both filmed on location in the Lake Como area.
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Old Apr 30th, 2005, 06:27 AM
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"Bread and Tulips" is my number 1 fav for Venice.
"My House in Umbria" is another excellentt movie.

If you have not seen "Macaroni"--Jack Lemmon and Marcello Mastrioianni, you are in for a treat--it is set in Naples. Was a 1985 release--a funny and warm story.

Happy viewing to all!
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Old Apr 30th, 2005, 06:43 AM
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La Strada

Bitter Rice

Two Women

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

La Dolce Vita

The Garden of the Finzi Continis

It Started in Naples

Divorce Italian Style

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Old Apr 30th, 2005, 09:01 AM
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<i>Monsignor</i> (1982) - Chris Reeve plays a corrupt priest who wheels and deals his way to the Vatican.

<i>Shoes of the Fisherman</i> (1968) - Anthony Quinn is elected Pope as a compromise candidate.
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Old May 1st, 2005, 12:39 AM
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Michelle,

back off.........Rufus is mine, all MINE I tell you!

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Old May 1st, 2005, 03:56 AM
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for Tuscany, most *definitely* &quot;Enchanted April&quot;! if i am sitting at home alone on new year's eve, watching this wonderful film can make me feel such joy. the fabulous Miranda Richardson (&quot;The Crying Game&quot and her devoted husband, played by Alfred Molina...the various love stories all finding satisfactory resolutions...ah! if only *my* life was like that!!
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Old Jun 3rd, 2005, 05:01 AM
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&quot;Up at the Villa&quot;

My favorite city AND my favorite actor.

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Old Jun 3rd, 2005, 07:31 AM
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PBS has a documentary on the Medici. It is a fantastic history of Tuscany/Florence during the Renaissance. You can get it on shoppbs.com
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