I asked Italian actors and directors, some of my famous and fabulously talented Facebook friends: “What’s your GO-TO movie? What movie do you watch over and over?
A BIG thank you to Marco Bonfanti, Selena Caramazza, Alberto Caviglia, Fabrizio Ferracane, Andrea Di Iorio, Laura Luchetti, Aniello Arena, Jonas Carpignano, Claudia Gusmano, Blu Yoshimi and Chiara Martegiani for your thoughtful, and fascinating answers!
Marco Bonfanti, director of L’Uomo Senza Gravità (The Man Without Gravity)
“Fellini’s ‘8 1/2’ because it’s the perfect film.”
Selena Caramazza, star of Cuori Puri (Pure Hearts)
“One of the films that I’ve seen many times and that I watch at least once a year is ‘Rosetta’ by the Dardenne Brothers. The use of the camera so close to the protagonist always puts me inside the story with her, it seems almost like I am silently spying on her.”
Alberto Caviglia, director of Pecore In Erba and author of Olocaustico
“For me it is ‘Once upon a time in America’, and the reason in because I consider it the greatest gangster movie ever done and at the some time an amazing story about friendship.”
Fabrizio Ferracane, star of Il Traditore (The Traitor) and Anime Nere (Black Souls)
“I don’t know why but a film that I never get tired of is Rocky IV when he wins in Russia against Ivan Drago and at the final moment he says, ‘If I can change and you can change, everybody can change.’ Another film that I love is Midnight Express. I think that I know every scene…it took me years to somatize that movie.”
Andrea Di Iorio, director of Senza Distanza (Time Zone Inn)
“I could say Ghostbusters, because it’s a perfect comedy mixed with sci-fi and horror elements, leaded by wonderful actors.”
Laura Luchetti, director of Fiore Gemello (Twin Flower) and Sugarlove
“Raging Bull because it takes you in the story so much, it hypnotizes you . I felt like I was that man fighting while I was watching it. Its deep romanticism is hidden in every fist, blow, drop of blood. And it unveils slowly for you to discover it if you look in the right direction.”
“And also La Strada because its innocent look at the world and its pain takes you to a journey that goes beyond the characters’ ones. It’s a journey full of wonders and melancholy within yourself. It’s a gem that stays in your heart and imagination forever. It has the power of a fairytale and the sadness of a lullaby.”
Aniello Arena, star of Reality, Fiore Gemello (Twin Flower), and La Paranza Dei Bambini (Piranhas)
The Shawshank Redemption
Bianca Nappi, star of Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons), Taranta On The Road, Gomorrah The TV Series, Pecore In Erba and I Dolori del Giovane Edo (Short Skin)
“La Femme D’à Côté (The Woman Next Door), by Francois Truffaut, because for me, it is a masterpiece, teetering between comedy and tragedy, it speaks about unexpressed feelings like love, passion and jealousy.”
Jonas Carpignano, director of A Ciambra
“I always go back to Il gattopardo The Leopard), by Luchino Visconti. I watched it many times with my grandfather over the years . It’s one of the films that for him (and now me ) defines cinematic excellence.”
Claudia Gusmano, star of L’Allieva, La Mafia Uccide Solo D’Estate (The TV series), and Viola, Franca.
“What Dreams May Come, because it is a beautiful film that breaks down the space of time.”
Filippo Luna, star of Sicilian Ghost Story and Terraferma
“The film that I’ve watched a thousand times is A Chorus Line. I remember when I was a teenager dreaming about the theater world and still today when I can see it it I get emotional from the songs in the film.”
Chiara Martegiani, star of Ride (Laughing)
“León (The Professional) is the film that I have seen 30 times, more or less, when I was a child. Natalie Portman in that fil was my heroine and because the romantic relationship between the two, two destinies that cross paths and grow together has always made me dream. I think it is the jewel of Luc Besson.”
Blu Yoshimi, the star of Piuma, Arianna, Likemeback, and the upcoming The Time Of Indifference
“At the moment the movie I could and I am watching over and over again is “A Marriage Story” for its specificness of the script and moment by moment acting. I love the way the camera moves and follows their actions and their thoughts and I Love Adam Driver interpretation of a caring dad with also selfish goals. The complexity of both their charachters makes them so alive.”
Antonio Piazza, director of Sicilian Ghost Story and Salvo
“I would say Chinatown and Rosemary’s baby by Roman Polanski.
Because they are perfect scripts directed by the master of the dark spaces of the world.”
Alessandro Rossetto, director of Effetto Domino and Piccola Patria
“Querelle De Brest from Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The words that follow are not mine, but I would like to cite these from Marcel Carné, president of the Venice Film Festival jury in 1982: ‘I would love to make a personal statement. While being President of the Jury, I would love to express my disappointment in not having been able to convince my colleagues to place R.W. Fassbinder’s ‘Querelle’ among the winners. As a matter of fact, I’ve found myself alone in defending the movie. Nevertheless, I keep on thinking that, although controversial, R.W. Fassbinder’s final movie, want it or not, love it or hate it, will one day find its place in the history of cinema”. “(The statement appears as an introductory prologue at the beginning of the film on DVDs and video-cassettes in Italy).
And you all know mine! I have watched Pane e Tulipani (Bread and Tulips) cento volte! I love it because it’s sweet, funny, and the dialogue is very clever. I love that a middle aged woman can imagine what she wants her life to be and then makes it happen.