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Amarcord : I Remember
In this carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the Fascist period, Fellini satirizes his youth and turns daily life into a circus of adolescent desires, male fantasies, rituals, sensations, and emotions.
Film director Blasetti is looking for a little girl for his new movie. Along with other mothers, Maddelena takes her daugther to Cinecitta, hoping she’ll be selected and become a star. She is ready to sacrifice anything for little Maria, even if her husband would prefer they save their little money for the rent, instead of paying teachers, hairdressers or bribes for her illusions.
Buongiorno, Notte = Good Morning, Night
A young woman, Chiara, moves into a new apartment with her husband. She conceals her true identity as a member of the Red Brigades, Italy's terrorist underground, which is currently planning to kidnap the Prime Minister.
This story tells the personal adventures of a Roman girl (Cabiria) and her two benefactors in the third century B.C. during the Second Punic War. Includes scenes of the eruption of Mt. Etna, sea battles, and Hannibal crossing the Alps. Opens with a brief written description of the Italian genre of historical spectacular films and a history of the film Cabiria.
The story of an upper-class teacher from conservative Northern Italy who, due to a computer error, finds himself teaching third-grade truants at a ramshackle school in the south.
La Commare Secca : Grim Reaper
The brutalized corpse of a prostitute is found in a Roman park, along the banks of the Tiber River. The police round up and interrogate a handful of possible suspects. Each has to explain why he is there. One of them is the killer.
Il conformista = The conformist
A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes to Paris to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.
Pasolini’s rendition of 8 of Boccaccio’s tales. Includes lusty nuns who perform sexual "miracles," a cheating wife with a head for business, a dying con artist attempting a heavenly swindle, young lovers caught with their pants down, a servant who loses his head for love and a gullible farmer who tries to turn his wife into a mare.
Giovanna is a young working-class wife and mother, who has no time for the senile elderly man her husband has rescued from the streets. But as she uncovers the stranger’s secrets, it unlocks a freedom within her heart she never expected; a freedom that will lead her to the arm of a neighbor she secretly adores, and to fulfillment her husband and family cannot provide.
He has a good job working as a railroad man, but Andrea Marcocci is not happy. An obscure disease haunts him. His daughter Giulia leaves her husband, seeking shelter in the arms of another man, who does not love her. Andrea’s good-for-nothing son storms out after one argument too many with his father. Unable to face these troubles alone, Andrea starts to drink. Inevitably, the drinking interferes with his work and he causes a serious rail accident. Desperately trying to hold onto his job, he goes to work on a strike day, futher alienating himself from his friends and colleagues.
Fistful of Hell
Robbery, murder, suicide, blackmail, prostitution, you name it, and in twenty years of service on the homicide squad ’Flatfoot’ has dealt with it. All this has been done without the help of firearms, due to an unfortunate accident early in his career. ’Flatfoot’ relies on his fists, which are as lethal as any weapon. But it is his fists which land him in hot water when he discovers a ring of dealers pushing drugs at young kids. His superiors don’t believe him, and he is thrown off the force. He decides to take action on his own, and starts a gang-war that makes Chicago in the thirties look like a Sunday school picnic.
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