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Italian Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles H-L

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Hallucination Strip
"Massimo Monaldi [is] a student involved in political protests and juvenile delinquency. When Massimo steals a valuable tobacco box, he quickly becomes tangled in a dangerous web between the police and the mafia." - Container.

Infidus: Blood Foloows Blood
"Revenge isn't fair and blood follows blood. In the suburbs of Rome, Massimo and Barabba two disparate men with only the desire for vengeance and redemption in common find that their destinies are intertwined in this shocking blood soaked film. Massimo's mind is plagued with images of his wife's violent death at the hands of a criminal gang involved in the production of snuff films. With every memory of the woman he loved replaced by unforgettable images of her horrific final moments, Massimo sees only one chance to take back his life: find the wealthy individual who commissioned her sickening murder and make him pay. Barabba, a recently released convict, hopes to keep a promise he made to his father and stat a new life with his brother, Spaccio, far from the violent world that they use to inhabit. Discovering that his brother is involved in a snuff gang, Barabba seeks to change things the only way he knows how through violence and bloodshed. Shot with real life ex-criminals and people from the streets, Infidus is a violent dram about redemption and revenge that will show you with uncompromising truth the reality of the Italian criminal underworld."

Infidus: Blood Follows Blood
"Revenge isn't fair and blood follows blood. In the suburbs of Rome, Massimo and Barabba two disparate men with only the desire for vengeance and redemption in common find that their destinies are intertwined in this shocking blood soaked film. Massimo's mind is plagued with images of his wife's violent death at the hands of a criminal gang involved in the production of snuff films. With every memory of the woman he loved replaced by unforgettable images of her horrific final moments, Massimo sees only one chance to take back his life: find the wealthy individual who commissioned her sickening murder and make him pay. Barabba, a recently released convict, hopes to keep a promise he made to his father and stat a new life with his brother, Spaccio, far from the violent world that they use to inhabit. Discovering that his brother is involved in a snuff gang, Barabba seeks to change things the only way he knows how through violence and bloodshed. Shot with real life ex-criminals and people from the streets, INFIDUS is a violent dram about redemption and revenge that will show you with uncompromising truth the reality of the Italian criminal underworld.

L'innocente
"After becoming bored with his timid wife, a wealthy aristocrat begins an exciting affair. Upon learning that his wife is having a torrid affair of her own, he is tormented by her infidelity and descends into madness, commiting a cruel and horrifying act."

Io la conoscevo bene
"The prismatic portrait of the days and nights of a party girl in sixties Rome is a revelation. It follows the gorgeous, seemingly liberated Adriana as she dallies with a wide variety of men, attends parties, goes to modeling gigs, and circulates among the rich and famous. Despite its often light tone, though, the film is a stealth portrait of a suffocating culture that regularly dehumanizes people, especially women."

Io sono l'amore = I Am Love
"The wealthy Recchi family has undergone sweeping changes. Eduardo Sr. has named a successor to the reins of his company, and surprised everyone by splitting power between his son Tancredi and grandson Edo. But Edo had always dreamed of opening a restaurant with his friend Antonio. To make matters worse, the very foundation of the entire family may be totally shattered after Tancredi's wife Emma falls deeply in love with Antonio and begins a passionate love affair."

Journey to Italy
"Among the most influential films of the postwar era, Robert Rossellini's Journey to Italy charges the declining marriage of a couple from England on a trip in the countryside near Naples. More than just the anatomy of a relationship, Rossellini's masterpiece is a heartrending work of emotion and spirituality."

Juliet of the Spirits = Giulietta degli spiriti
"When she suspects her husband of infidelity, a housewife unleashes an unconscious ripe with erotic fantasies. In this film, Fellini's first feature-length color film, his examination of the sexual psyche unfolds via the surrealistic use of abrupt cut-aways to illustrate the woman' sexual fantasies."

Kaos
"Magic, drama, misery and hope are given life in five tales adapted from Luigi Pirandello's Novelle per un anno. With a strong, poetic vision of Sicilian life, the Tavianis imbue this epic masterpiece with a serene, sympathetic revelation of mankind that transcends the boundaries of time."

Kapò
"The story of a Jewish girl from Paris sent to a concentration camp during World War II and her struggle to survive by stealing another's identity and becoming a warden."

Killer Cop
"One cop is determined to find the people behind the 1969 Piazza Fontana bombing in Milan."

Ladri de biciclette = Bicycle Thieves
"In post-WWII poverty-stricken Rome, a man struggles to earn a living for himself and his family. When his bicycle and main means of support is stolen, with his young son in tow, he attempts to find the thief."

Il ladro di bambini
"Because of their mother's doubtful past, Rosetta and Luciano are not admitted to a religious home near Milan. They must be escorted by an officer to a special institution for troubled children in Sicily. The journey allows the children and their escort to develop strong bonds of friendship and solidarity. But reality shatters the most innocent of hopes: both adults and children learn that freedom is a dream and destiny often unmerciful."

Lamerica
"Two men arrive in Albania from Italy with plans to exploit Albania's newly-begun conversion to capitalism. To provide themselves more cover, they name an Albanian, a former prisoner of war, as their company's acting 'chairman.' When the "chairman" disappears, the plan begins to involve unexpected elements of compassion."

Love in the City
"Six short stories about love in Rome: a collection of six vignettes from top Italian filmmakers."