Agata e la tempesta DVD 5933 When Agata, the popular bookshop proprietor and dispenser of sunny wisdom is suddenly wooed by a man almost half her age, her electricity hits high-voltage. Yet it is Agata's joy and magnetism in the face of life in all its irony that eventually offers the eye of the storm.
Amiche [videorecording] = Girlfriends DVD 3302 The story of Rosette, a girl from a wealthy family, who attempts suicide. From the attempted suicide, she goes on to meet a group of women who she will become friends with--Clelia, Nene, and Navy. The film shows how various experiences in their lives bring about changes in their relationship. It describes the life experiences these friends have, from a suicide to the finding of a new love to a separation to a marriage.
Baci e abbracci = Kisses and hugs DVD 5195 Three factory workers who lose their jobs decide to join forces and open an ostrich ranch. Elsewhere, Mario, a restaurateur, is depressed over the collapse of both his business and his marriage. Renato, leader of the ostrich ranchers, discovers his sister is dating a government councilor, also named Mario, who could approve state financing that would keep their business afloat. Renato dumps every penny he has into an elaborate party in hopes of impressing the councilor, but when he goes to the train station, he picks up the wrong Mario.
Cento passi [videorecording] = One hundred steps DVD 3917 CORE "One hundred steps" was the distance between the Impastatos' house and the house of Tano Badalamenti, an important Mafia boss, in the small Sicilian town of Cinisi. Based on the true story of Peppino Impastato, a young left-wing activist, that in the late seventies repeatedly denounced Badalamenti crimes and the whole Mafia system using a small local radio station. In 1978 Peppino was killed by an explosion. The police archived the case as an accident or a suicide, which his friends never accepted.
Collection of 2007 Academy Award: Nominated Short Films DVD 3476 English, Danish, French or Italian dialogues. This collection of the best of short films of 2007 includes the following: LIVE ACTION 1. AT NIGHT Christian E. Christiansen and Louise Vesth [40 min.] 2. IL SUPPLENTE (The Substitute) Andrea Jublin [16 min.] 3. LE MOZART DES PICKPOCKETS (The Mozart of Pickpockets) (OSCAR WINNER) - (Premium Films) Philippe Pollet-Villard [30 min.] 4. TANGHI ARGENTINI Guido Thys and Anja Daelemans [14 min.] 5. THE TONTO WOMAN Daniel Barber and Matthew Brown [36 min.] ANIMATED 1. MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI- A National Film Board of Canada Production Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski [17 min.] 2. MEME LES PIGEONS VONT AU PARADIS (Even Pigeons go to Heaven) Samuel Tourneux and Simon Vanesse [9 min.] 3. PETER AND THE WOLF (OSCAR WINNER) Suzie Templeton and Hugh Welchman [33 min.]
Dante's inferno DVD 3902 Dante is a hard-living hoodie-clad slacker who will take you on a gritty tour of Hell that bears a disturbing resemblance to our own world. In an attempt to save his lost soul, Dante is led through the seven rings of Hell.
Days and clouds DVD 6018 Well-to-do, sophisticated couple, Elsa and Michele, have a 20 year-old daughter, Alice, and enough money for Elsa to leave her job and fulfill an old dream of studying art history. After she graduates, however, their lives change. Michele confesses he hasn't worked in two months and was fired by the company he founded years ago. Elsa overcomes her initial shock by pouring extra energy into facing the crisis while Michele, exhausted by an unsuccessful job hunt, lets himself go, alternating between vivacity and apathy. The growing distance between them eventually leads to a break-up. Only when they part will they realize that they risk losing their most precious possession: the love that binds them.
Death in Venice [videorecording] VHS 1084 Filmed in Venice, this drama centers around a world-famous composer and conductor who, on a solitary rest holiday spies an innocent young boy and becomes obsessed over him. This secret passion carries him to his doom.
Decameron DVD 3240 CORE Pier Paulo Pasolini, (111 min.) Originally released 1970 Summary: 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.
Dillo con parole mie = Ginger and cinnamon DVD 6016 After breaking up with her boyfriend, 30-year-old Stefania vacations on the Greek "Isle of Love", and reluctantly agrees to chaperone her precocious 15-year-old niece, Meggy. But Stefania doesn't know that Meggy plans to lose her virginity before the summer is over, and the guy she has her eye on is none other than Stefania's ex.
Don't move = Non ti muovere DVD 2485 Life takes a dramatic turn for a successful surgeon when he discovers his young daughter has been seriously injured in an accident. Faced with the loss of his daughter, he begins to flashback to the turns his life has taken over the years.
Dreamers = I sognatori DVD 3095 Filmed in France, dialog in English or French by Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, 2003
Farinelli, il Castrato [videorecording] DVD 2993 The true story of a world famous castrato in the 18th century. With charisma, talent, drive and success, Farinelli had everything: money, talent, fame, women, and the voice of an angel. He becomes obsessed with earning the respect of his brother's rival, the composer Handel.
Fate ignoranti = His secret life DVD 1971 Antonia and her husband Massimo have been living a happily married existence for the better part of 10 years when a sudden and tragic accident kills Massimo. Barely able to survive her grief Antonia discovers that her beloved Massimo has been carrying on a secret life for a good many years. Shocked out of her grief, Antonia begins to search for details and any information leading to Massimo's mistress, only to discover that his secret lover is a man, the very handsome, young Michele. When she slowly begins to meet the rather large extended 'family' of friends who spent so much time with Michele and Massimo over the years, Antonia finds herself drawn to her husband's other life.
Ginger and Fred DVD 6973 Amelia and Pippo, who wowed crowds with recreations of the dances of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers decades ago, are reuniting for a nationwide TV special that features a list of guest stars that is both long and bizarre.
Gomorrah DVD 6590 Five disparate tales of Naples' mafia underworld, known as the Camorra, centered around a housing project controlled by the mob. As adapted from the best-selling exposé by undercover Italian reporter, Roberto Saviano, the film depicts a culture that is thoroughly corrupted by organized crime.
Gospel according to Saint Matthew = Il vangelo secondo Matteo X DVD 2641 CORE Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964 (142 min.) Summary: The birth, life, teachings and death on the cross of Jesus Christ presented almost as a cinema-verité documentary. Pasolini’s second feature ... is an attempt to take Christ out of the opulent church and present him as an outcast Italian peasant
Hawks and the sparrows = Uccellacci e uccellini DVD 2642 CORE Pier Paolo Pasolini (88 min.) Originally released 1965 Summary: Pasolini uses a comic crow, which philosophizes amusingly and pointedly about the passing scene as a counter point to the performers, representing humanity, as they progress down the road of life, caught between the Church and Marxism.
I vinti [videorecording] = The vanquished DVD 8304 A unique triptych film features three murders, one taking place in Paris, another in Rome, and another in London. All of the perpetrators are affluent youths, each killing for his own dubious motive. In the France segment, a group of adolescents kill for money, even though they don't need it. In the London segment, a poet uncovers a woman's body and tries to profit from the discovery. And in the Italian segment (original uncut elongated version as presented at the 1953 Venice Film festival), a student becomes caught up in a smuggling ring, with deadly results.
Il deserto rosso = Red desert DVD 3597 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.
Il divo [videorecording] : la spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti DVD 6642 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.
Io sono l'amore [videorecording] = I am love DVD 7535 The wealthy Recchi family has undergone sweeping changes. Eduardo Sr. has named a successor to the reins of his company, and surprised everyone by splitting power between his son Tancredi and grandson Edo. But Edo had always dreamed of opening a restaurant with his friend Antonio. To make matters worse, the very foundation of the entire family may be totally shattered after Tancredi's wife Emma falls deeply in love with Antonio and begins a passionate love affair.
Italy : [videorecording] : Salomone Rossi : between worlds VHS 5571 Salomone Rossi was the first to introduce choral music into the synagogue. Filmed on location in Italian palaces and synagogues in Mantua and Venice, Rossi's works are performed by Israeli and Italian musicians. Also features reconstructed dances created by Jewish dancing masters and performed in authentic costumes.
Japigia Gagì [Roma stories] DVD 2365 In Japigia, a neighborhood in the periphery of Bari, Italy, a small community of Roma (Gypsies) carve out an existence in an illegal, ramshackle encampment. The local church has offered them a piece of land with prefabricated houses, but the town hall is preventing this offer due to their own plans for a future a railway station. Continually in danger of evacuation and making a living primarily by begging for money, the Roma still manage to foster a strong community and lively social atmosphere.
Kaos DVD 5380 The other son: A mother spends her life waiting for news from her two sons while ignoring her third, because he is the reincarnation of the bandit who raped her. Moonsickness: A newly-wed peasant girl discovers that her husband goes mad every full moon. She arranges for a male friend to protect her, but they end up in bed together just as the moon emerges from behind a cloud. The jar: A rich landowner hires a master craftsman to repair a giant olive jar, but the craftsman gets trapped inside. Requiem: Villagers band together in an attempt to force their landlord to let them bury their dead. The crow of Mâizzaro: A strong, poetic vision of Sicilian life.
La dolce vita (The Sweet Life, 1960) DVD4101, 2004, 167 min. "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." Federico Fellini.
La sconosciuta [videorecording] = The unknown woman DVD 6589 Irena is a mysterious Ukrainian woman with a secret who works her way into the lives of an Italian, affluent young family. She stops at nothing to become the couple's trusted maid and beloved nanny to their fragile young daughter. But deep cracks underneath Irena's dedication soon become apparent as her horrific past and chilling obsession are revealed.
Laviamoci il cervello [videorecording] = Let’s have a brainwash VHS 7693 CORE Illibatezza written and directed by Roberto Rossellini (32 min. 10 sec.) ; La ricotta written and directed by Pier Paolo Passolini (34 min. 48 sec.) ; Il nuovo mondo written and directed by Jean Luc Godard (19 min. 53 sec.) ; Il pollo rusponte written and directed by Ugo Gregoretti (33 min. 44 sec.).
Lizard in a woman's skin DVD 2249 (Italian version on Disc 2) Carol is a respected politician's daughter who experiences a series of vivid, psychedelic nightmares drenched in depraved sex orgies and LSD. Within the confines of her delirious dream state, Carol commits a sickeningly graphic murder and awakens to a real life criminal investigation into the murder of her neighbor -- and all the clues point to her! Did she really do it or is she being framed? Where do her dark dreams end and repulsive reality begin?
Masseria della allodole = The lark farm DVD 5162 A stirring and stunning story of an aristocratic family who is unexpectedly swept into the ravages of World War I and a forbidden passion that may be the family's only hope. Nunik is a proud, headstrong Armenian woman whose indomitable spirit captures the heart of an enemy Turkish soldier.
Medea DVD 3278 (110 min.) Originally released 1970. Writer/director, Pier Paolo Pasolini. Based on Euripides’ classic tragedy of a proud woman betrayed by the man she loves.
Mediterraneo DVD 7065 In 1941, a small group of misfit Italian soldiers is sent to a tiny Greek island in the Agean for four months of lookout duty. Their relief ship is torpedoed and their radio destroyed. As they lose all touch with the world outside, they are absorbed into the life of the idyllic island.
Meglio gioventù DVD 3683 Divided by politics but bonded by blood, Italian brothers Nicola and Matteo find their paths intersecting through some of the most tumultuous events in recent history. Produced for Italian television, but never broadcast; released theatrically instead.
Nostalghia [videorecording] = Nostalgia DVD 2309 CORE A homesick Russian poet, Gorchakov, researching in Italy with the aid of a beautiful interpreter, Eugenia, arrives at a Tuscan spa, where he encounters the local mystic, who sets him on a challenging task.
Notti di Cabiria DVD 4462 A young prostitute who works in the streets of Rome is continually deceived by men who claim to love her.
Novecento = 1900 DVD 5154 Two boys are born in Parma, Italy on the day of composer Giuseppe Verdi's death in 1901. Alfredo Berlinghieri is the son of a wealthy landowner and Olmo Dalco is the son of a poverty-stricken peasant who becomes a communist and labor organizer. Though the boys are childhood friends, they increasingly come into conflict as adults as Alfredo panders to the increasingly powerful fascists while Olmo fights relentlessly against Mussolini's followers.
Nuovomondo = Golden door DVD 4733 A Sicilian farmer falls in love with a worldly British woman while both are attempting to immigrate to America.
Oedipus Rex DVD 2639 (110 min.) Originally released in 1967. Director, Pier Paolo Pasolini Summary: A dark and riveting retelling of the classic Greek tragedy, ’Oedipus Rex’. Unknown to himself, Oedipus kills his father and marries his mother. When the truth is discovered, he puts out his eyes and Oedipus wanders the streets until he is found by his daughter, Antigone, a common blind beggar.
Pane e tulipani = Bread and tulips DVD 136 When a harried housewife is accidentally left behind while on vacation with her family, she decides to take a holiday of her own in Venice. She becomes charmed by the city and her newfound freedom. She decides to extend her stay, finding a job in a flower shop, renting a room from a wistful waiter, and rediscovers her love for playing the accordian. But her solo journey does not sit well with her tyrannical husband, who hires an amateur detective to bring her back home.
Pasqualino Settebellezze [videorecording] DVD 630 The story of a small-time crook and lady-killer who lives in Naples with his mother and seven, shoots his sister's pimp to save the family honor. He is caught, tried, sent to an insane asylum, volunteers for the Italian army during World War II and ends up in a Nazi concentration camp.
Rossellini's history films DVD 7580 In the final phase of his career, Italian master Roberto Rossellini embarked on a dramatic, daunting project: a series of television films about knowledge and history, made in an effort to teach, where contemporary media were failing. Looking at the Western world's major figures and moments, yet focusing on the small details of daily life, Rossellini was determined not to recount history but to relive it, as it might have been, unadorned but full of the drama of the everyday. This selection of Rossellini's history films presents "The Age of the Medici," "Cartesius," and "Blaise Pascal"--works that don't just enliven the past but illuminate the ideas that brought us to where we are today.
Suspiria DVD 1047 CORE disc 2 of Suspiria 25th Anniversary is in Italian with English subtitles
Tabarro & Pagliacci DVD 2379 Il tabarro: While the stevedores work unloading the barge, Michele wonders if his wife Giorgetta is still faithful. She serves wine to the workers, and they dance to the music of an organ grinder. Frugola enters, looking for her husband. She shows everyone the fruits of her shopping in Paris and scolds the men for their drinking. Luigi laments his lot in life. He remembers with Giorgetta their old neighborhood. Michele refuses to take Luigi to Rouen. Luigi arranges a secret rendez-vous with his lover Giorgetta before leaving. Michele reminisces with Giorgetta of the days before their child died, how all three would fit under his cloak. He knows she is straying, but wants to win her back... Pagliacci: The clown, Signor Canio, with the painted smile and broken heart, realizing his wife has left him for a younger man, sings opera's most famous aria.
Ultimo bacio = last kiss = One last kiss DVD 2247 Parenthood stirs up a wealth of mixed emotions in this drama from Italy. Carlo and Giulia are a couple in their late twenties who discover they are going to have a baby. Even though Carlo has already settled down, he sees parenthood as the first step towards becoming the sort of middle-class suburbanite he's never respected. Carlo's friends are also having mixed feelings about the onset of maturity: Adriano can't decide if he should go through with his marriage to Livia, Paolo is trying to find a way out of going into business with his father, and Alberto is seducing as many women as possible. Meanwhile, Giulia is having her own misgivings about parenthood, and her mother Anna is torn between happiness for her daughter and dread that she's now old enough to be a grandmother; Anna's malaise isn't eased by the lack of compassion shown by her husband.
Uomo delle stelle = The starmaker *No holdings available -- please contact Research Help desk.* Joe Morelli is the "star maker"--A con man who travels from one small town to the next, claiming to be a talent scout for a top movie studio.
Vitelloni = The young and the passionate *No holdings available -- please contact Research Help desk.* A portrait of discontented young men and their girlfriends, drifting aimlessly through life at an Italian resort.
Zuppa di pesce [videorecording] = Fish soup VHS 6420 A magical, funny and intimate view of a young girl's growing up, set against a tangled web of family relationships in Tuscany ... Set between the 1950s and late '70s against the beauty of the Tuscan seaside, Fish soup offers small sketches of family behavior and psychology, from gatherings to complicated relationships, with a light but indelible touch.