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Italian Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles D-E

Titles D-E

Death Occurred Last Night
"An astute mix of classic Italian crime and giallo, Duccio Tessari s Death Occurred Last Night is a dark slow burning murder mystery. A mentally handicapped woman is kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery, sending her distressed father and a jaded police detective on the hunt for clues in Milan s underworld. Tessari (The Bloodstained Butterfly) keeps a tight rein on the action, focusing on the characters and their collective desire for justice and revenge. An unforgettable, disturbing and fascinating thriller."

La decima vittima
"In the 21st century, a computer selects "hunters" and "victims" in a deadly game."

Deep Red
"A psychic who can read minds picks up the thoughts of a murderer in the audience and soon becomes a victim. An English pianist gets involved in solving the murders, but finds many of his avenues of inquiry cut off by new murders, and he begins to wonder how the murderer can track his movements so closely."

Il deserto rosso
"A neurotic young woman who is married to an engineer in the industrial wasteland of northern Italy, searches in vain to find meaning in her life."

The Dinner
"Based on the New York Times best selling novel of the same name, this turns an ordinary meal among family into a taut morality play as the limits of polite society are tested and two brothers discover just how little they know about each other."

Il divo: la spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti
"Seven-time Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti's long career was dogged by persistent accusations of conspiracy, Mafia connections and state-sponsored terror. This compelling film explores the shocking political machinations and shady criminal underworld surrounding this fascinating and controversial figure."

Divorzio all'italiana  = Divorce Italian Style
"A married man who has fallen in love with a younger woman hatches an elaborate scheme to kill his wife."

"In a seaside village on the outskirts of an Italian city, Marcello is a slight, mild-mannered man who divides his days between working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his daughter Alida, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino. When Simoncino's abuse finally brings Marcello to a breaking point, he decides to stand up for his own dignity through an act of vengeance, with unintended consequences."

La dolce vita
"A society journalist working in the decadent life of 1960's Rome becomes increasingly jaded as he involves himself with the lifestyles of the rich and glamorous."

Dreams from Strangers
"An Italian swimmer competing in Russia falls for a Russian man, but cultural differences and stereotypes threaten their relationship."

The Duck Hunter: 1942, The War Has Other Plans
"It's 1942. In the countryside of Modena, in northern Italy, the story of four friends are intertwined, each of them with their own dream to realize. The story is set at time of second world war and the tragic events of this period will end by sweeping away everyone and everything. Only one of them will realize his dream."

E la nave va = And the Ship Sails On
"In 1914, a colorful melange of celebrities embark on a funeral voyage for a dead opera star. An allegorical film blending spectacle, humour, poignance and grotesquerie."

"A woman ends a relationship with her overly intellectual boyfriend only to begin a relationship with another man."

Edith Stein: The Final Chamber
"A moving, artistic portrayal of the life of Jewish philosopher, Catholic convert and Carmelite martyr, Edith Stein, capturing the interior struggles of this extraordinary woman, as well as the great conflicts from her decision to convert to Catholicism."

"A film about three different times, three different places, three different steps of the plague."

L'età di Cosimo de' Medici
"Like a Renaissance painting come to life and gives a portrait of fifteenth-century Florence, ruled by the Medici political dynasty. Focuses on two of the city's leading citizens: banker Cosimo de' Medici and art theorist Leon Battista Alberti."

Europe '51
"Ingrid Bergman plays a wealthy, self-absorbed Rome socialite racked by guilt over the shocking death of her young son. As a way of dealing with her grief and finding meaning in her life, she decides to devote her time and money to the city's poor and sick. Her newfound, single-minded activism leads to conflicts with her husband and questions about her sanity."

8 1/2
"Fellini's autobiographical film about a famous film director who loses his inspiration in the midst of making a film."