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Italian Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): New Additions To the Collection

New Additions to the Collection

Brutti sporchi e cattivi
"Four generations of sprawling, crooked clan, live in a cramped home on the outskirts of Rome. A work accident leaves Giacinto blind in one eye. He suddenly finds himself rolling in insurance money. Giacinto refuses to share the wealth with his relatives, so they concoct several plots in hopes of wrenching the riches away."

Il Cielo cade  = The Sky Falls
"In 1944, newly-orphaned sisters, Penny and Baby, come to live in the Tuscan villa of their aunt and uncle. Their uncle is a German-Jewish intellectual, and discourages the pro-Mussolini and fascist sympathies the girls inherited from their late father. Penny and Baby gradually make friends in their new surroundings and become somewhat smitten with their uncle; but as war rages around them, the family receives a warning from the local priest to flee to Switzerland as the Nazis make towards their town."

Francesca
"It's been 15 years since the disappearance of little Francesca, daughter of the renowned poet and playwright, Vittorio Visconti. The community is stalked by a psychopath bent on cleaning the city of 'impure and damned souls.' Moretti and Succo are the detectives in charge of finding the killer of these 'Dantesque' crimes. Francesca has returned, but she is not the same girl they once knew..."

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."

Le Meravigli
"The film centers on a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation in the Tuscan countryside. The dynamic of their overcrowded household is disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled teenage boy taken in as a farmhand and a reality TV show intent on showcasing the family. Both intrusions are of particular interest to the eldest daughter, who is struggling to find her footing in the world, and Rohrwacher conveys her adolescent sense of wonder and confusion with graceful naturalism."

La Notte
"During one evening, an author and his wife begin to explore their deteriorating marriage and the indifference that they feel towards their circle of friends."

One Kiss
"Lorenzo, Blu, and Antonio are three high school sophomores in a small city in the north of Italy. They are all outsiders for their own unique reason. They quickly become best friends and find in their friendship the strength to fend off insults and the bullies who sling them. But when Lorenzo makes evident his attraction toward Antonio, who's in love with Blu, he pushes Lorenzo away violently. From that moment on everything changes. The three friends are divided and played against each other, creating circumstances that no one could predict"

Paprika
"A young country girl comes to town and works in a brothel in order to help her fiance get the money to start his own business. 'Paprika' is the name given to her by the madam.

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."

Wild Beasts
"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."

Wondrous Boccaccio
"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."