La terra trema = The Earth Will Tremble
"Sicilian villagers plot to overthrow the tyranny of wholesalers depriving them of a decent living."
Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto = Swept Away
"A wealthy upper-class capitalist and the proletariat deckhand on her yacht are marooned together on an uninhabited island for several weeks. The woman becomes totally dependent on the man for survival, falls in love with him, and the two temporarily reverse their roles."
Tutta la vita davanti
"Surreal and bittersweet snapshot of life in contemporary Italy. Marta (Isabella Ragonese) is a cum laude college graduate who has finally entered into the real world. Though she's eager to land a job in publishing, a series of dead end interviews ultimately prove so disheartening that Marta winds up working as a live-in babysitter for harried single mom Sonia (Micaela Ramazzotti). During her down time, Marta begins temping at a call center run by a merciless micro-manager (Sabrina Ferilli) with an eagle eye for details. At first Marta was fairly forgiving of her humorless boss, catty co-workers, and pushy customers, though before long the reality of her misery becomes much too obvious to deny. Later, Marta crosses paths with a fiery union worker (Valerio Mastandrea) his passion and charisma inspires the disgruntled worker to divulge all of the company's unsavory business practices."
"Follow Umberto D., an elderly pensioner, as he struggles to make ends meet during Italy's postwar economic boom. Alone, except for his dog, Flike, Umberto strives to maintain his dignity while trying to survive in a city where traditional human kindness seems to have lost out to the forces of modernization."
Variety Lights = Luci del varieta
"When a young woman of beauty and talent joins a provincial vaudeville troupe, they're suddenly playing to packed houses, and their aging comic Checco Dalmonte gets big ideas."
"About fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and the woman he loved. Ida Dalser was scorned, denounced, and then written out of history. Mussolini's rise to power and Dalser's descent into an insane asylum are tragic counterpoints in a doomed romance. Dalser may have been written off at the time, but Bellocchio and Mezzogiorno allow her a final, unexpected triumph in this cinematic masterwork."
A Violent Life
"Two anarchistic brothers are small time crooks, haunted by their Catholic upbringing and a major traumatic event in their past: Bandiera and Rabbino were children when they pushed their drunken father out of a window for killing their pet sheep. When a girl is raped by her father, she is brought by young "rescuers" to the home of the two brothers who then watch their friends take advantage of her sexually. The brothers take her in, and the three live happy and celibate if not uneventful lives until the brother's are sent to jail for stealing."
La vita è bella = Life Is Beautiful
"A charming but bumbling waiter who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor has won the heart of the woman he loves and has created a beautiful life for his young family. Then that life is threatened by World War II."
"This film compassioniately details a year in the life of five young men lingering in post-adolescent limbo, dreaming of adventure and escape from their small town and struggling to find meaning in their lives."
"When PCP gets into the water supply of a city zoo, the drug-crazed beasts, including tigers, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and elephants, as well as seeing eye dogs and sewer rats, go berserk and rampage through the streets of Rome.
"Set against the backdrop of a fourteenth century, black plague-stricken Florence, ten young men and women escape to a country estate where they spend their days telling stories of love, fate, and resurrection."
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow = Leri, oggi, domani
"Three tales of women who use sex to get what they want out of the self-centered men in their lives."