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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 Aug 2nd, 2005, 01:59 PM
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We are traveling to Tuscany, Florence and Rome next month. We wanted to learn more about the art, Florence, and the history of the area. We rented THE MEDICI and it was absolutely wonderful. I believe it was produced by PBS. Highly recommended.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 03:35 PM
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Cinema Paradiso - again

A previous poster mentioned Stealing Beauty which is filmed in Tuscany - just wanted to add that its got some mature themes so wouldnt call it family friendly - depending on ages of family.

Much Ado About Nothing was filled at Villa Vignamaggio so it gives one a good idea of what its like to stay there or visit.

This is a great thread.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 03:55 PM
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Just watched "It Started In Naples" with Sophia Loren and Clark Gable - great scenes of Capri, including the chair lift!!
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Old Aug 5th, 2005, 06:10 AM
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I saw Best of Youth (la meglio giovent&ugrave a month ago, and it's one of the best movies I've ever seen. It's six hours long (you heard me!). I saw it in two separate segments, and never once glanced at my watch -- except for about two soap-operaesque coincidences, it was completely compelling, even across all that time.

And, as is true for any italian movie with english captions, I love picking out italian phrases -- it's a very fun activity for someone just learning the language.

You can read reviews of Best of Youth here: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/best_of_youth/
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Old Aug 5th, 2005, 08:18 AM
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I live in a town where "The Best of Youth" never showed. Has anyone heard when this film will be released on DVD in North America? I've heard it is available in South America (Spanish w/English subtitles) and Asia (w/English subtitles), but not here in the USA. I can't wait to see it.
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Old Aug 5th, 2005, 11:24 AM
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Dangerous Beauty -
(I've got dibs on Rufus, also.) HBO was running this in the wee hours of the other morning... and there was Rufus. Thumpa, thumpa goes the heart!!!.

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Old Aug 5th, 2005, 04:05 PM
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Dear Sandi:

I just got my DVD of "Middlemarch" from Amazon with a very young & hot Rufus.
I need to turn up the A/C!!

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Old Aug 7th, 2005, 07:12 AM
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For wonderful, nostalgic views of Ischia, the beautiful island off the Naples coast , Jack Lemmon did a fun film entitled something like "What happened between your mother and my father?" about 1975.
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Old Aug 7th, 2005, 07:16 AM
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When I met Diane Lane at a restaurant in Arezzo during filming of UTTS , she commented that "they are trying" to make a film based on the book.
I dont think it has been released here in Italy...

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Old Aug 7th, 2005, 09:15 AM
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Another recommendation for "The Best of Youth" (Il Meglio Gioventu'). Don't let the six hour length scare you away (the film is shown in two seperate 3 hour parts here in the U.S.). It is a very "real" film following the lives of two brothers from the 1960's to the present. You will lose track of time watching and find yourself caring for the characters.
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Old Sep 20th, 2005, 06:48 PM
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Has anyone seen "Catarina in the Big City"? I saw a review in the newspaper recently -- it's about a young Italian girl who moves from a small town to Rome, a coming-of-age movie. Out in theaters now - w/ subtitles.
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Old Sep 20th, 2005, 07:04 PM
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It seems that all the great Italian movies aren't really family friendly... and here's one more: Nights of Cabiria. The opening sequence is just amazing.

And since we're on the subject of Rufus Sewell, his greatest and sexiest and funniest: Cold Comfort Farm.
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Old Sep 20th, 2005, 07:12 PM
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No one mentioned "La Luna", a Bernardo Bertolucci's movie, featuring Jill Claighburg. It was very controversial by the time it was released, because of the theme, incest. It's a beautiful movie that shows a lot of Rome, and its ancient sites. Claighburg performs an opera singer, and one of the shots was made in Caracalla, were her character rehearses for an opera. The film's photograph is suberb! Highly recommended!
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Old Sep 20th, 2005, 07:50 PM
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Another vote for "Up at the Villa"!

Has anyone mentioned "The Talented Mr. Ripley"?
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Old Sep 20th, 2005, 08:58 PM
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How about Summertime?
Also, the Courtesan is interesting because it is based the great Renaissance poet Veronica Franco.
The English Patient for Tuscany and Arezzo.
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Old Sep 20th, 2005, 09:00 PM
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Stealing Beauty is also great for Tuscany.
Return to Me is a charmer.
It Started in Naples has Sophia swimming in the Blue Grotto of Capri.
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Old Sep 20th, 2005, 10:10 PM
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Franco Zefferelli's 1968 version of "Romeo and Juliet." Beautiful!

A new one: "The Merchant of Venice" with Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons.

Call me pedestrian, but I'm still a sucker for "Roman Holiday."
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Old Sep 21st, 2005, 04:55 AM
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I have to admit I havent read through the entire thread.

I too loved Cinema Paradiso and often play the soundtrack.

Can somebody tell me where it was filmed?
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Old Sep 21st, 2005, 06:08 AM
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I didn't read the whole thread--I saw a lot of my favorites--but has anyone mentioned "The Wings of the Dove" yet? (Venice) Beautifully shot, a wonderful film. Sad but wonderful.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2006, 07:01 AM
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I must also mention Dangerous Beauty, although not family friendly. It has gorgeous views of Venice and a compelling story of Veronica Franco, the most famous courtesan in Venetian history. The musical score is also stunning. This is my favorite movie of all time and I have given numerous copies of it as well as CD's of the musical score. In fact I have given two of each just this past Christmas. Many of my friends feel the same way, and for a couple of years my D-I-L made everyone who came into her house watch it.
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