Italian cinema is a completely separate and unique section of world cinema, their representatives are very different from the usual American or domestic films. In Italian plots there is always something special, deep and even philosophical, elaborate plot lines, as well as unexpected and often tragic outcomes that leave a deep imprint on the viewer's memory. Always filled with a special atmosphere, they cause a storm of emotions, especially if you watch high-quality Italian cinema.
And although it is very difficult to do this, because the world of Italian cinema is simply amazing with its amazing variety, we still chose the ten best and most impressive Italian films. Enjoy watching!
1. “Life is beautiful”, 1997 It is difficult to name the genre of this film, because in it the melodrama, comedy, and even tragedy, in general, are all intertwined, as in real life. The plot is based on family relations, as well as military themes. During World War II, two Jews, a father and a young son, are sent to a concentration camp.
The father, in order to protect his son, invented a special game, thanks to which the child could survive, constantly hiding in the hut from the guards. By the way, the main role here was played by the director himself, and the film won many prestigious awards and prizes.
2. "The Taming of the Shrew", 1980 Easy and just beautiful Italian comedy, in which the main roles were played by the inimitable blows from Andriano Chilintano and the delightful Ornella Muti. By the way, this couple did not dwell on relations within the framework of the cinema, but transferred them to real life. In the story - the main character - a farmer-woman-hater, boor and just a rude who is not going to change anything in his life. But everything changes with the appearance in his life of a rich and extremely cute beauty Lisa.
3. “The Legend of the Pianist”, 1998 One day, a baby was found in a box of lemons on board a steamer. The boy spent his whole life in the sea, never even without going ashore. During this time, he miraculously learned to play the piano and easily entertained passengers with his virtuoso ability. It must be said that there are still beautiful legends about this mysterious and great pianist.
4. "Disgusting, dirty, angry", 1976 Next on our list of the top 10 - perhaps the best tragic comedy in Italian, which reflects all the realities of a small but real world in a particularly bitter, but at the same time funny way. Directed by E. Scola managed to believably tell about the poor and the deprived, who settled in a pitiful shack on the outskirts of Rome. In the center of events is the world of one, but a very large family in four generations, which, as it can, gets along with each other and somehow survives in a complex big world.
5. The Bluff, 1976 An interesting comedy from sunny Italy that will make its spectator laugh heartily and relax well. In front of you are the adventures of two crooks who are doing quite well at their jobs, but, thanks to their cunning, they don’t really want to share with the Italian mafia operating at the time.
6. “Malena”, 2000 The Italian drama of the beginning of this century, which quickly became the hallmark of the magnificent Monica Belluci. The film is about endless human cruelty and envy, especially when it comes to a beautiful woman. The motion picture was nominated for many prestigious awards, including the Oscar and the Golden Globe.
7. “The Room of the Son”, 2001 A touching and piercing family drama about how to survive the loss of a son and brother, and start a new life without him. The film received the prestigious Golden Palm branch and was nominated for many other awards.
8. “Do not leave”, 2004 A bitter deep drama about a sudden outburst of feeling between a beggar immigrant and a successful doctor and a responsible family man. The leading actors received national Italian awards, in addition the film was shown in the program of the famous Cannes Film Festival.
9. "The smell of a woman", 1974 Another striking example of comedy in Italian, which can be very different, in this case - bitter and complex. The story of a blind captain who knows a lot about beautiful women, and their smell means much more to him than to any other seducer.
10. “Great Beauty”, 2013 Perhaps, two years ago, this movie was not discussed only by the lazy, it thundered to the whole world and easily received several serious awards, including the Golden Globe and the Oscar figurine. The story of an elderly and influential journalist who only at the end of his life realizes how stupid and senseless it is to chase the untold riches that deprive a person of the true values of life.
10 most romantic films, starring in Italy
Photo Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, walking through the Roman streets, is one of the most iconic in Italian cinema. Today, the film "Roman Holiday" turns 60 years old, and in honor of this, we decided to choose for you the top ten best films that are set in Italy.
Hepburn and Peck's screen chemistry against the backdrop of the Eternal City makes "Roman Holiday" a cult film in Italian-American cinema. But this is not the only romantic film, shot in Italy ...
Roman holiday - Vacanze Romanze (1953) Scenery: Rome
Audrey Hepburn plays a princess who wants to explore Rome under the guise of an ordinary mortal. An American reporter meets her, and together they discover the beauty of Rome, gradually falling in love with each other. Cute, fun and exciting romantic comedy, embodies the magic and American admiration for Rome and all Italian. In this film, the Vespa scooter has become famous for a joke.
Related to an extraordinary fate in the azure sea in August - Travolti da un insolito destino nell’azzurro mare d’agosto (1974) Scenery: beaches of Sardinia, Fuili beach, Luna beach, Cape Comino
The impudent rich capitalist (Marjangela Melato) and the grumbling communist (Giancarlo Giannini) get into a shipwreck and take them to a deserted island in the Mediterranean, right into the harsh reality where you need to survive. Their social roles change places and turn into primitive relations between men and women, which turn out to be exciting and liberating for them.
Postman - Il postino (1994) Scenery: Salina, Palermo, Sicily
The famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was banished to a small island in Italy for political reasons. The local guy Marco Ruoppolo (Massimo Troisi) assumes the temporary role of a postman, and the poet is his only client. The postman is more and more influenced by the poet’s poems and his political views, and he uses his new friend to seduce a young girl, Beatrice Rousseau (Maria Gracia Cucinotta). Scriptwriter / actor Massimo Troisi postponed a heart operation to complete the shooting, however, the very next day after the release of the film, Troisi died of a heart attack, having received Oscar posthumously.
Summer - (1955) Scenery: Venice
David Lin shot Katherine Hepburn in his famous technical paint drama. The lonely elementary school teacher goes to Venice, where she learns the passion, love and loss that she has never known in her entire life in America. The strict manner of speaking of the main characters is outdated, the film served as the prototype of many films about “modest Anglo-Saxon women and their sexual awakening during the holidays in Italy”.
Adventure - L’avventura (1960) Scenery: Aeolian Islands, Palermo, Sicily
Michelangelo Antonioni made a story about the disappearance of a young girl during a sea voyage. While her best friend (Monica Vitti) and her boyfriend (Gabriel Ferzetti) were looking for her, they fell in love and became lovers. This is the first part of the Antonioni trilogy, followed by the films Night (1961) and Eclipse (1962). With this film began the star career of Monica Viti. The picture is known for its cautious move, which focuses the viewer's attention on the visual composition and character development, as well as its unusual narrative structure.
Under the sun of Tuscany - Sotto il sole della Toscana (2003) Scenery: Cortona, Tuscany
An American writer (Diane Lane) spontaneously buys a dilapidated villa in Tuscany to change lives. Gradually, she is drawn into the social and geographical beauty of Tuscany. A light and incredibly sentimental novel about Tuscany and how true love can happen at any age and under any circumstances.
Room with a view - Camera con vista (1985) Scenery: Florence
Helena Bonham Carter is the person who made Merchant-Ivory many films available. Marian Hanichurch and her two adult children, Lucy and Freddie, rent rooms in Florence, but when they find that there is no beautiful look in their rooms, an Englishman, Mr. Emerson, and his son George appear. Meeting with George is fundamentally influencing the young, decent, but passionate Lucy, and her plans to marry another in England are immediately crumbling. The old English primness perfectly overshadows the beauty and sense of the possibilities of Florence.
Sorcery April - Un incantevole aprile (1992) Scenery: Portofino, Liguria
Four unhappy Englishmen in marriage go on holidays to Italy in the 1920s. Italy and her beauty produce an unexpected calming and invigorating effect on the nervous inhabitants of London, and one by one the husbands of these women join them to once and for all find out the relationship.
Avanti! (1972) - Scenery: Ischia, Naples
Billy Wilder's Italian-American novel, starring Jack Lemmon and Judith Mills. When a rich American industrialist dies in a car accident on the island of Ischia, his Puritan son is forced to come to pick up the body. It soon turns out that his father was not in the car alone - he had a mistress. The daughter of the deceased woman also arrives on the island, and the ridiculous nature of bureaucracy and the chaos of island life bring the main characters together, and they fall in love with each other.
The film is based on the play by Oscar Wilde "Lady Windermere Fan". Starring Scarlett Johansson and Helen Hunt. Mrs. Erlinn is a femme fatale who has nothing more to do in New York because she is no longer interested in her rich men or their wives. Therefore, she is sent to the Amalfi Coast, where it seems to the society that is eager for rumors that she has an affair with a newly married man. However, the allegedly “deceived” wife Meg discovers that everything is not so simple here.
Roberto Benigni - director, actor, producer and screenwriter. Is the youngest on this list and probably the most famous among the modern audience. Benigni became popular after playing in the tragicomedy - "Life is beautiful." The film was nominated for seven Oscars and brought Benigni prestigious awards, in the nominations - “The Best Male Role”, and “The Director of the Best Foreign Film”.
Sergio Leone - famous screenwriter, director, producer. One of the founders of the genre of spaghetti westerns. He was born into a family associated with cinema. His father is director Vincenzo Leone, mother of actress Beache Valerian. Cinema Sergio Leone, had a significant impact on the work of many directors from different states. He died of myocardial infarction at the TV.
Pier Paolo Pasolini
In eighth place in the ranking of the greatest Italian filmmakers is Pierre Paolo Pasolini - filmmaker, writer and poet. Well known for his latest, shocking and controversial film, titled "Fat, or 120 Days of Sodom," created in the style of "dill". Pasolini was a sworn communist, homosexual, and atheist.
Franco Zeffirelli - director, artist, screenwriter, producer. Glory to Zeffirelli came after the release on the screen in 1968, his film “Romeo and Juliet”, which won 2 Oscars, 3 Golden Globe awards and many other awards. Franco Zeffirelli repeatedly fell under criticism from the gay communities of the world, because he supported the position of the Catholic Church on homosexuality, despite the fact that he was openly gay.
Roberto Rossellini - film director, who marked the beginning of neorealism in the movie "military trilogy", consisting of the movies "Rome, Open City" (1945), "Paisa" (1946) and "Germany, the year of zero" (1948). In his own motion pictures, he often used non-professional actors. He was married to Ingrid Bergman. He has a daughter, a famous film actress and model - Isabella Rossellini.
Luchino Visconti is a director of opera and dramatic theater and cinema. Born in a noble and rich family in Milan. His father was the duke of Visconti di Modrone, who owned a castle in Lombardy. The director received international recognition after his film “The Death of the Gods” was released in 1969, which was repeatedly nominated for an Oscar.
Vittorio De Sica
In fourth place in the list of the best Italian directors is Vittorio De Sica - a famous director and actor. He began acting in films since 1931, and in 1940 he made his debut as a director in the movie "Scarlet Roses". The war drama “Chochara”, with Sophie Loren in the title role, is probably his most famous film.
The honorable third place in the list of the greatest Italian directors is Bernardo Bertolucci - film director, playwright and poet. One of his most famous films is the Last Emperor, which won an Oscar in 9 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director. In general, Bertolucci has released a large number of very successful films.
Michelangelo Antonioni is an outstanding film director and screenwriter, a classic of the European art-house, who was called the “poet of alienation and non-communicativeness”. Worldwide recognition came to the director in the early 1960s, after the "trilogy of alienation." This term unites the films “Adventure”, “Night”, “Eclipse”, in which the muse of Antonioni of those years played - Monica Vitti.
Federico Fellini is considered the best Italian director. His work has received many awards, including 5 Oscars, Golden Globe, Moscow Film Festival, Golden Palm, etc. Shortly before his death, in March 1993, Fellini was awarded the honorary Oscar for his contribution in the cinema. In his honor, the airport was named in the largest Italian resort, the hometown of the great director - Rimine.
Life is Beautiful
La vita e bella
The main character Guido goes from village to city. He meets a school teacher and immediately realizes that this is the only one for which he is ready for anything. Having conquered her with his charisma and sense of humor, he soon marries her, and they have a wonderful son. However, the year is 1939, and the fascist mood of the nation changes the tale to a thriller. Guido, until the last minutes of his life, is trying to save his son from a terrifying reality, inventing various stories and games.
Virgil Oldman - Managing Director of a leading auction house. From time to time with his partner Billy, in the eyes of the whole world, he turns on ingenious frauds, deftly manipulating and misleading both sellers and buyers.
Once a mysterious woman hiding her identity asks him to sell her family's antiques.
La grande bellezza
An aging journalist and writer melancholically wanders around his native, beloved and hated city - Rome. Old attachments and new romantic hobbies, made up of acquaintances, hack-work, and memories of a single written novel, originals of old masters and performances of hateful avant-garde artists all merge into a single mural, finally marking the long-awaited sunset of Europe with a delay of 100 years.
Malena is a beautiful widow, the obsession of men and the envy of women. Wives are spreading dirty gossip about her. Husbands stalk her and dream about her.
“I was 13 when I saw her for the first time. Time passed, I loved many women, and when we were close, they asked: would I remember them? And I said: yes, I will remember you. But the only one I will never forget is the one that never asked. Malena.
Love: Instructions for use
Three novels tell about what love is like at different periods of life and how the intertwining of destinies and everyday accidents help to understand the nature of human feelings. Three stories about different people who found their love where they did not expect to meet her at all.
The Legend of the Pianist
La Leggenda del pianista sull'oceano
On the first day of the 20th century, a baby was found on the Virginia steamer in a box of lemons. The boy grew up and spent his whole life on a huge ocean liner plying between America and Europe, never going ashore.
Having mysteriously learned to play the piano, Danny Budmann T.D. Lemon 1900 became a real virtuoso, entertaining the public by playing in a restaurant orchestra. С ним связаны потрясающие истории, а его жизнь превратилась в красивую легенду.
Il Bisbetico Domato
Сорокалетний хам, грубиян и закоренелый женоненавистник Элиа живет в захудалой деревеньке, ведет домашнее хозяйство и занимается виноделием. Все бы так и продолжалось, но вот неожиданно появляется она. Автомобиль проезжающей мимо богатенькой красотки Лизы ломается, и девушка обращается за помощью к убежденному холостяку.