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Italian Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles A-B

Titles A-C

A Ciambra
"Fourteen-year-old Pio wants nothing more than the respect of his older brother, whom he emulates in every way, including his career as a petty criminal. When both his father and brother are arrested, Pio is determined to prove that he can step up and be the head of his Romani family. But a fateful night and a wrenching decision soon test just how ready he is.'

The Age of the Medici = L'età di Cosimo de' Medici
"Like several other TV series directed by Rossellini during the 1970's, The Age of the Medici is a form of docudrama, in which historical information is communicated via dramatized conversations between figures from history, and between ordinary people. They are unabashedly 'teaching films.' As Dave Kehr explains, 'The dialogue is bluntly didactic, with characters telling one another things they would already know entirely for the benefit of the audience.... Rossellini isn’t asking his viewers to identify with his characters or become caught up in their personal dramas ... Instead he creates a detached perspective.' Each scene plays out in a single longtake, with the camera slowly moving and zooming to create different framings of the action, or, as Kehr puts it, 'to close in on details or investigate relationships.'" 

"Memories of episodes about love, sex, politics, family life and growing up in a small Italian town in the 1930's."

The Antithesis
"An isolated house in the countryside is beset by strange phenomena caused by bizarre temperature surges. Taking the advice of an architect, a young female geologist agrees to spend the night in the mysterious house in an attempt to identify the strange happenings. Once there, she finds herself trapped in a parallel reality, inside a vortex of horror and delirium."

L'assassino = The Assassin
"Thirty-something antiques dealer Alfredo Martelli is arrested on suspicion of murdering his older, far wealthier lover Adalgisa. But as the increasingly Kafkaesque police investigation proceeds, it becomes less and less important whether Martelli actually committed the crime as his entire lifestyle is effectively put on trial."

"When the seductive Jeanne arrives at her boyfriend's childhood home, she is greeted by his brooding mother Anna. As the two women await him, a mysterious secret looms over the household, ready to boil over."

"Story about the search for a girl lost on an island; gradually the searchers become preoccupied with their own problems, and the girl is never found."

I bambini ci guardano = The Children Are Watching Us
"A four-year-old boy is trapped in a loveless family with his suicidal father and his adulteress mother."

Beyond Love
"Long-term couple Anna and Marina wants to have a baby and turn to their gay best friends Stefano and Tony for help. When financial obstacles make it impossible, a series of unfortunate events lead the couples to the hospital where they realize their mistakes and must face the consequences of their behavior."

Il bidone
"An aging swindler, ringleader of a trio of petty thieves who impersonates priests to cheat peasants, finally realizes the futility of his life."

Black Angel
"In 1945 Italy, Livia, the bored wife of an Italian official, recalls the taboo affair she has been having with a much younger Nazi lieutenant. The elation of her middle-aged sexual awakening is soon diminished when she discovers that her lover's intentions are far from honest. Ashamed and betrayed, she must make the difficult decision to resolve her devastating erotic entanglement."

Blue Movie
"A woman escapes from being raped only to find herself trapped by a sado-masochistic photographer who, among other nasty things, gets off on consuming fresh human excrement"  - IMDB

Boccaccio '70: scherzo in quattro atti
"Four satires on morality, prudery, and hypocrisy."

Bread and Chocolate
"A comic but poignant portrait of an Italian immigrant working odd jobs in prosperous Switzerland and trying desperately to fit in. Though his work becomes increasingly degrading, he tenaciously refuses to give up and go home. This hapless Everyman is eternally rejected yet ever-hopeful."

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."