The Great Beauty (2013)

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La grande bellezza (original title) Summary:  Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) is turning 65 years old.  A member of Rome’s high society, he’s revered among his peers since hitting success with his first and only novel written in his twenties and … Continue reading

I Am Love (2009)

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Io sono l’amore (original title) Summary:  Over two decades ago, Emma (Tilda Swinton) left her home in Russia to marry Tancredi Recchi (Pippo Delbono), an Italian businessman.  Now living in Milan, her husband runs a successful and family-run textile factory, … Continue reading

Bicycle Thieves (1948)

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Ladri di biciclette (original title) Summary:  Depressed post-World War II Italy suffers with high unemployment across the country.  Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani), who has not worked for two years, is finally offered a job of delivering film posters around the city.  With … Continue reading

The Consequences of Love (2004)

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 Le conseguenze dell’amore (original title)  Summary:  Titta di Girolamo (played by Toni Servillo) is a lonely and secretive businessman living in a hotel in Switzerland and seems to have doing so for the past 8 years.  Divorced and a family who … Continue reading

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

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 Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (original title)  Summary:  In the northern Italian state of Salo, four fascists select 9 boys and 9 girls to take to a remote mansion in order to subject them to physical, mental and sexual torture for 120 days … Continue reading