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Hi! I’m Cheri. I’m not Italian.

 

I love Italian cooking and movies, studied the Italian language in Rome, travel to Italy a couple of times a year (mostly to go to the movies) and I married an Italian American. Now I even teach an “Italian for Tourists” class that people think they are going to like until they find out that learning a language is hard.

I started going to see Italian movies about 12 years ago and became annoyed when people said that there weren’t any good ones anymore, that the Italian film industry was dead. I aim to change that (incorrect) perception with this blog – and beyond that, I just love writing and talking about Italian movies.

If you want to know more about the movies I love, start watching them! Check the right sidebar of the home page for reviews, links to movies that you can stream, and lots of other information to get you going.

AND KEEP IN TOUCH!

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I’d love to hear from you.

Un Bacione,

Cheri

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  • The Washington, DC Italian Language Meetup Group

    Ciao Cheri, I’m also not Italian but I’m the organizzer for an Italian language group in Washington, DC (http://meetup.com/italiano). We screen an Italian film each month. I enjoy reading your reviews and I agree that Italian cinema should be more appreciated here. Where do you live? Anywhere close to Washington, DC? Buona settimana! — Keith

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    • Cheri

      This is so nice to hear! I WISH I lived near you! Magari! I’m in Ohio. I have been looking at your website and I would kill for a group like yours – you do a good job!

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      • Keith

        Grazie mille! Some of the upcoming films for the group…. la banda dei babbi natale, cose dell’altro mondo (looks interesting… like Terraferma it deals with the issue of immigration but it’s a commedy). By the way, where did you see Terraferma? Saluti — K

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        • Cheri

          Brag alert: I saw it at the Venice Film Festival! I had a press pass! And YOU WILL LOVE La Banda dei Babbi Natale!

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  • jean paul orezzi

    Hi cheri,

    My name is Paul and I’m a second generation Italian born and living in London.
    Just thought I’d take the time to compliment you on your excellent blog/website!

    I love Italian movies too – probably ever since I saw mediterraneo for the first time…

    The last movie I saw was mid august lunch which I really enjoyed – one of our BBC channels here showed it last month together with a couple of episodes of the tv series based on andrea camilleri’s books which were great too.

    Anyway, keep up the good work!

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    • Cheri

      Hi Paul! Thank you so much! Mid August Lunch is so good – and if you like that one watch for Gianni di Gregorio’s new one, “Gianni e le Donne” – they’ve renamed it “The Salt of Life” in English. It’s about a guy who retires and his friends convince him that he needs to take a lover.

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  • Silvia

    Hi Cheri,
    I’m Silvia, I’m italian but right now I live in Canada! I’ve been reading a little of your articles in these last days, they are sooo good! It’s very interesting to hear somebody talking about our movies, it helps to get a better perspective! So go on with your excellent work!:)

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  • giannis

    hi, i’m a 30 years old guy from greece
    quite randomly, i have really got an obsession with italian movies recently, especially those of the younger generation , which unfortunately are underestimated and difficult to find here too
    so, i happened to discover your blog some months ago,looking for suggestions and information about the italian cinema, and i would just like to let you know that you have gained another friend, even so far away from the us.
    keep up the good work !

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    • Cheri

      I am so glad to hear you say that! Thanks so much! What are your favorite movies?

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      • giannis

        hi,again,
        well my all time favourite (from the world cinema) would be Godfather I&II, however regarding italian cinema i like a lot of movies from the current generation of filmmakers, such Caos Calmo, Anche Libero va bene, Romanzo Criminale, Il Divo, Non Ti Muovere,Caterina va in citta etc. Even if sometimes the italian films are not that great, they have great actors&actresses and a kind of sincerity
        in general i tend to like modern european cinema more and more

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        • Cheri

          You boys always love Romanzo Criminale! LOL I like the girlier ones! I think you are my new best friend – you have good taste in movies!

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  • giannis

    thanks for your warm welcome!i am trying to find “Lo spazio bianco”(isn’t Margherita Buy fantastic?) have you seen it? we will share opinions,since we share the same sense of taste in movies!

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    • Cheri

      I love her too! I have Lo Spazio Bianco and I bought it at – have you tried there? Is your DVD player the same region as the Italian ones?

      Did that link turn out alright? I’ll try again – http://www.ibs.it

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      • giannis

        yes,i think it’s the same region, i’ll check,thanks anyway.

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  • Stefan

    Ciao Cinemapannetone! I am looking for sites I can watch Aldo, Giovanni e Giacomo movies. I have netflix dvd and stream but I cannot find any of their movies. I might also have amazon stream but never tried it. Where do I go to find Aldo, Giovanni e Giacomo movies?

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    • Cheri

      The ones I have I have bought in Italy or at http://www.ibs.it . Do you have a region free DVD player and do you need subtitles?

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  • Keith

    Buon giorno, Have you seen “Il primo incarico”? It sounds like a great movie and I’ve ordered the DVD with English subtitles. Saluti — K

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    • Cheri

      I have to thank you! I have this and kind of forgot about it – I haven’t watched it yet! I think I’ll watch it tonight, so let me know what you think.

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  • giannis

    hi again!
    i still haven’t managed to find the time to look for Lo Spazio Bianco , but yesterday I watched “Il gioiellino”, about Parmalat etc, I think you have already written about it.
    The film as a whole is good but not flawless,(interesting as it talks about the global financial and bank system, which has caused so much pain to my country too) but what is certain is that Tony Servillo is a magnificent actor. I have seen him some times now and I think that it is quite “safe” to say that he’s one of the best Italian actors nowadays.
    ps.is it ok that I am posting here about movies and actors or should I write in another sector of the blog?

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  • francine

    Dear Cheri,
    I came across your site while I was searching for the film Noi Credevamo. I am hoping that you have some information/knowledge about where/how I can rent/buy this film in the US?
    Even better with subtitles as my Italian is beginning intermediate?

    Thank you so much,
    Francine Panelli

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    • Cheri

      Hi Francine!

      I bought Noi Credevamo from http://www.ibs.it – a really wonderful source – but you can also get it from Amazon – It has English subtitles too, but here’s the bad news: It’s only avaible in PAL Area 2 format, which means you either need a PAL Area 2 DVD player or region free DVD player. Do you have either of those? If now, it’s a worthwhile investement if you love watching movies from all over the world. My region free DVD player was only around $40 and I got if from Amazon.

      Let me know if you need more help!

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  • Bill

    Hi. I am also in DC and was looking for a movie which I watched this summer on a KLM flight from Amsterdam. It was historically based and was set in Italy in the 1880’s as it was becoming the country that we know today. I do not know the name but would like to find it to finish watching it.

    Great site, by the way.

    Bill

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    • Cheri

      Bill, could it have been Noi Credevamo? Was it about the unification?

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  • Andrew Turner

    “The Italian poet, novelist and screenwriter Tonino Guerra, who has died aged 92, brought something of his own poetic world to the outstanding films he co-scripted with, among others, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni and Francesco Rosi, but also many non-Italian directors including Theo Angelopoulos and Andrei Tarkovsky. Perhaps his most creative contribution was to Fellini’s colourful account of life in a small coastal town in the 1930s, Amarcord (1973), of which he was truly co-author, because the film reflected their common experiences growing up in Romagna.”

    Full obituary in The Guardian – http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/mar/21/tonino-guerra

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    • Cheri

      Thanks for this! I know so little about Italian cinema beyond 10 or 15 years ago.

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    • Laura Drake

      oh thank you Andrew. Amarcord is on my all time favorite movies list. It is simply a poem. And often a very funny one. I didn’t know Tonino Guerra cowrote it until reading your post.

      Cheri I wonder how you can get hold of those Italian movies of the late 60s and the 70s, you are missing some incredible films.

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      • Cheri

        Sorry Laura that’s for somebody else’s blog. I focus on the new ones.

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  • giannis

    hi,cheri, this is giannis again from athens, greece. i am posting this
    http://actionplus.gr/it/?q=node/1
    as a piece of proof that your (and my) fondness of modern italian cinema is shared by more and more people all over the world. so, a “festa” of italian cinema is going to take place in athens next month and i hope that i will have the time to enjoy as much of it as possible

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    • Cheri

      This is great Giannis! Thanks for sharing it!

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  • rocco

    They say Italian film industry is dead because it is good just for italian people, a german, an english or an american shouldn’t understan our comicality (that olso a lot of italians don’t understand!). American film industry works because James Cameron makes one huge film and it is whatced in all over the world, so it takes money from every side of planet.. an italian film is whatced only in italy, because they are very particular films. In Italy there are a lot of differences between culture of different region.. someone who lives in Lazio is completely different (in lenguages, thinking, kind of comicality, attitude to life) from someone who lives in Toscany.. and they border! To make money with the film industry you have to do a colossal like Cameron (you can do that only in America) or something really really wonderful for every heart that whatcs the movie (like Life is beautiful, Benigni)

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    • Cheri

      I have this discussion with so many Italian friends – I understand what you are saying but I disagree. When I show Americans your films they LOVE THEM! We just don’t get many chances – the subtitles are a barrier for some – distribution is bad. I write this blog so that I can show non-Italians, primarily Americans, how to get their hands on your new films. People just aren’t very educated about them – but there are so many good ones!

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  • Marc

    Hi – Italo Australian emailing in from Sydney. Love Italian films also. Building up quite the collection.. even my Vietnamese-Australian wife loves them now. I tell you though… I have been searching forever for an English version of IL CICLONE. I’d even be willing to do the subtitles myself if someone could show me how!

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    • Cheri

      Hi! Thanks for writing! I don’t think il ciclone is available with English subtitles. Is your DVD player region free or do you do mostly streaming?

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  • James

    Hi Cheri,

    Interested in coming to Toronto? You may want to post a story on the upcoming Italian Cultural Film Festival (www.icff.ca). Looks like they’re evening screening To Rome With Love. Still will check it out despite my daughter’s negative reviews. By the way, I thoroughly enjoyed Habemus Papem. Highly recommended.

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    • Cheri

      Thanks James! I’ll definitely write about it.

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  • Miguel

    Hey I’m searching from some movie that I saw about 8 years ago Iremember a little I hope you saw it too so you can tell me the title of the movie (sorry my english I’m not american) It’s about a group of friends that are planning some road trip on a van one of them get married he cheats his wife after she do a lot of drama she forget him at the end of the movie this guy with voice in off says a touchin’ speech about having a family and wife and stuff… and at the very end a scene let you know that the wife is cheating on him too!! i just love the movie but I saw it just once at 3am or something on a cable channel… I really hope you know what movie is… my e-mail is thank you!!!! and have a nice day.

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    • Cheri

      Give me some time to think about this, Miguel. I can’t remember anything right now but I am going to look through my movies and let you know!

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    • James

      Hey Miguel, I thought this sounded familiar……I may know the film you’re referring to. Could it possibly be “L’Ultimo Bacio”, from 2001? It stars Giovanna Mezzogiorno, my favorite Italian “girl next door”. There was an American remake in 2006 called The Last Kiss with Zach Braff. Naturally not as good as the original. 😉

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      • Cheri

        I thought of that too, but I don’t remember a van – and she wasn’t cheating on him. And I don’t remember a big speech at the end…

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      • Howard

        Not as good ? More like dog crap. Look there are only two Hollywood remakes of European films that are even better
        than the originals while the rest are beyond the pale of beyond awful. They are SCENT OF A WOMAN and INSOMNIA and they both star Al Pacino. That says it all !!

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  • James

    I have the film on my computer….that’s why it’s so familiar. I was just scanning through it. One of his friends has a van that they all pile into and go to the sea. The two eventually overcome the indiscretion and stay together, and get married. The ending has Stefano (the husband) giving a voiceover speech as we see them happy together with a child. The last scene has Giovanna out for a jog, where another male jogger passes her in the other direction, but returns to run beside her. Meantime, we see her husband leaning over their child as he sleeps. She begins to smile, like she is familiar with this…..and the film cuts to black and ends. So you never know if she is or isn’t having/going to have an affair.

    I may be wrong, but Miguel, check out the film anyway. It’s wonderful. Thanks Cheri for the challenge. 🙂 I love it!

    Jim

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    • Cheri

      Hey maybe you’re right! It’s been a long time since I’ve watched it. I really don’t like it very much – I gave it a terrible review, LOL.

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  • Sarah

    I really love your website! I have been into all things Italian for a few years now – am still trying to learn the language, been to Italy several times, and miss it when I’m away from it for too long. It’s quite bad at this point as I haven’t been back in a few years. 🙁 I get my fix by watching Italian films often! Your website keeps me up to date with what is going in with Italian cinema, and the actors that populate it! Thank you and keep up the good work!! BTW – I’m obsessed with Filippo Timi as well! 😉 I’m getting ready to watch him in “As God Commands” soon! Have you seen that one? By the way, it really bothers me that Italian films don’t get as much attention as say, French films do. I think I actually prefer the Italian films I’ve seen recently over the French films, and even over many American films recently. Although, I am open to all forms of cinema, and love foreign films in particular. I just have a thing for Italians, can’t say why, but it is, what it is! 😉 Nice to meet a fellow Italophile! <3

    Ps:- Honestly, I'm still trying to get into a lot of Italian comedies – at least the recent ones I've seen, haven't been that great. Do you have any you would recommend?

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    • Cheri

      Thanks for writing – you sound like me! You should go to a language school sometime in Italy. I went to one in Rome that I loved. I would love to hear about the movies that you like!
      Do you have a region free DVD player? They are cheap. There are some great movies that I can tell you about if you have one.

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  • Howard

    since Amazon created .it its really easy to get BD,DVD and CD titles from Italy. I know it siucks that Amazon has such a monopoly but your details are already in the system its so bloody easy !!

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    • Cheri

      I know it’s easy now, but what happens when streaming takes over? I tend to use ibs.it now, but I worry about the death of the DVD!

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  • James

    Touche…… 😉

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  • Michael

    Hi Cheri,

    Here is the first trailer for Garrone’s Reality in case you haven’t come across it yet. Released two or so days ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGLp-KrsZ38

    Best,

    Michael

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    • Cheri

      Thanks! I can’t wait to get my copy! Hope I don’t have to wait long…

      When is it supposed to come out in the theaters? Wait- I just saw it. Sept. 28.

      Thanks for sharing that!

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  • inismor

    Hi Cheri,
    just stumbled upon your website looking for foreign reviews of Il papa’ di Giovanna: I saw it yesterday and, yes, I know it sounds weird but when I see a really good italian movie I have to know what foreigners think about it and how it is perceived outside Italy.
    I guess it has something to do with a sort of “intimacy” (pretty strong on Giovanna’s father, indeed) I feel when my own culture is portrayed and I’m curious about how that translates outside.
    Anyway, I love the love you show for italian movies and the non-intellectual or critic-oriented perspective you give, so keep up the good work! 🙂
    And, I’d like to help you with some suggestion, if you want 🙂

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  • Cheri

    I would LOVE to hear about about anything you’ve seen! I am at Venice right now and I just saw E’ Stato Il Figlio – it’s amazing! Thanks for writing!

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  • inismor

    You’re welcome 🙂
    I’ve just realized that you will find my suggestions rather vintage, but since you are in Venice, if you want to step back from the Festival atmosphere with a light, easy movie you can check out “Mari del sud” by Marcello Cesena (his only watchable long movie, in my opinion) .
    Cesena is an amazing comedic sketch writer/director/interpreter and his psychedelia-bording comedy bits still crack me open 20 years later: unfortunately, he still hasn’t realized what it takes to manage more than one fixed camera, but I don’t know why, this movie always refreshens me.
    Ciao!

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    • Cheri

      PLEASE teach me about the vintage stuff – I know a lot about the modern films but almost nothing about the ones pre-2000.

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  • Maria Gliozzi

    Hi Cheri
    I love Italian Movie too!!! I would like to talk with you about a project. it’s about Italian emerging movies..
    Contact me as your convenience
    Baci

    Maria

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    • Cheri

      I will Maria – and you win a DVD! Details will come soon!

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  • Abigail Sumption

    Ciao Cheri!
    I have loved reading some of your blog-posts, especially the ones about the Cinepanettone! I am 17 and have lived in Rome from almost 10 years, so of course I love (almost) everything about Italy! 🙂
    Thanks for the blogposts and keep it up!
    Any more thoughts about the phenomenon of the Cinepanettone would be very useful for an essay I am writing for school (I cinepanettoni sono veramente sul viale del tramonto?)
    Grazie e un salutone,

    Abigail 🙂

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    • Cheri

      Thanks Abigail! Let us know if you see any good movies! I wish I could go to the movies in Rome every day – Magari!

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  • Joe

    Cheri
    Just found your blog and I love it. I have been enjoying Italian films all by myself for many years and although I’m Italian I don’t understand 100 % but it hasn’t stopped me from watching. Thanks to all that contribute. I feel I’ve found the other parts of me that have been missing….
    Joe

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    • Cheri

      You’re so nice! I’d love to hear about your favorites!

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  • Michelle Kathrine (@courageeveryday)

    Hey there!
    I’m trying to remember the name of an Italian film I watched in a class in Florence.
    It was about a schoolteacher who moves to a new town and is soon found murdered and a local Tunisian immigrant is charged (i THINK he was Tunisian); The story traces her time there, trying to prove the immigrant didn’t do it.
    I can’t remember what it’s called!!!!

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    • Cheri

      I just woke up and haven’t had my coffee yet, 🙂 . but do you remember the year of the movie (at least ball park?) ? It isn’t ringing a bell, yet. But if I don’t remember it someone who reads the blog will.

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      • Michelle Kathrine (@courageeveryday)

        I can’t! I’m sure it was in the 2000s though. The town is next to a river, and the immigrant who is blamed is a car mechanic and tries to fix the schoolteacher’s red car. They have an affair (or supposedly do–the movie is about trying to prove that, too). I can’t only remember bits and pieces. It’s driving me crazy!
        Thanks for your help 🙂

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        • Cheri

          If it is pre-2000 I won’t be much help, but I’ll try to find out!

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      • Michelle Kathrine (@courageeveryday)

        Ahh! I did one last google search with the key words and found it on the very bottom of the results!
        It’s La Giusta Distanza by Carlo Mazzacurati!!!

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        • Cheri

          I’m glad you figured it out! I even own that one but I’ve never watched it!

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  • Paul A. Tiseo

    Ciao Cheri,

    Love your blog. I have 2 questions for you..

    I live in the Detroit area, and I’ve exhausted my local library’s Italian films. Can you recommend a region-free DVD player or a particular retail outlet where I could get one? I’d like to own more Italian films, especially ones that are not available here in the States.

    also, i’m hoping i will still benefit from your recent contest to use towards ibs.it, i wasn’t sure if i should expect an email or something else…

    ciao ciao e grazie mille,
    Paolo

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    • Cheri

      Hi Paolo! I’ll tell you about my experience with region free DVD players. First of all, people will sell you a “region free DVD player”, but I don’t think that they were made specifically as such. That said, there are many good ones for sale on Amazon. Mine is a Samsung C350 and I paid about $40 for it – looks like it’s selling for about $48 now. http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-DVD-C500-Region-Free-Player/dp/B002PU9ZEA/ref=sr_1_7?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1352995192&sr=1-7&keywords=dvd+all+region+player

      I think many companies are fine, but I have started to stear away from Phillips because sometimes when you buy your “region free” DVD player, you take it home, hook it up, and it doesn’t work for all regions! (happened to me twice) This is really not a problem – you just call the company and ask for the code to unlock it. I think that there are websites that will walk you through this too, but I do better with a person explaining it to me. Anyway, when I called Phillips, they said that it was against the law to unlock a DVD player and make it region free.

      I think that this law is a very grey area due to distribution rights and all, but most other DVD players see it the other way and are happy to give you a code. I have had many brands – my little portable Coby is very nice!

      If you have any more questions please ask, but it is definitely worth the investment!
      ibs.it did not send 2 of the gift certificates that I purchase but they say they will be delivered soon, so I’ll let you know! Also,

      – Cheri

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      • Michael

        Also, Paolo, most computers with Windows Media Player should play region 2. The drawback is that there is a limit to how may times you can switch your settings from one region to another. To avoid switching, I exclusively play my U.S./North American formatted films on my DVD player… but for DVDs formatted for region 2 I use my laptop, now set to region 2, and then hook it up to the television with an HDMI cable. This is just another way to view these DVDs if you can’t get your hands on a player or don’t wish to spend the money…

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  • Nigel Bruce

    I am a great fan of Italian movies but am frustrated that relatively few Italian films that don’t get an immediate international (i.e. US) distribution are sub-titled in English (or any other language). This is true I know of most Alberto Sordi films, as I am a big fan and have been scouring the web to find what I can. My Italian is enough to get the drift, but seeing Il Boom tonight made me appreciate what I would have missed without the sub-titles.

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    • Cheri

      I wish I understood distribution! Get a region free DVD player and you’ll be less limited.

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    • Laura

      Hi fellow Alberto Sordi fan. Have you seen Fellini’s first film The White Sheikh which stars Alberto Sordi in a particularly funny role? No doubt you have seen I Vitelloni by De Sica a bit like Amarcord in theme.

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  • Lada

    Hi…I am not italian to…I am from Czech republic…and I have to tell that I love Italian movies,people,food and language too….so I am so happy that I found your page because is really great and I love it 🙂

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  • Velin

    Are there any Italian film festivals in America? I don’t know of any.. I know there is an Italian film festival in Australia, sponsored by Lavazza. http://www.italianfilmfestival.com.au/ And yes, you can buy dvd box sets from the site, but they are out of this world expensive. 🙁 I wish I owned them though, because they contain films which I’ve never seen and which I doubt will ever be released in the States. By the way, Netflix seems to have cut back on offering Italian film titles. I cannot believe that they still don’t have Loose Canons! How is it possible that Amazon has it on instant video and Netflix doesn’t?!

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    • Cheri

      Thanks for the info. My favorite Italian film festival is Open roads:new Italian cinema in NYC at Lincoln center. It’s usually in June but I haven’t seen the dates for this year.

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  • Andy McDermott

    Hi Cheri! My name is Andy- I’m looking for a film by Carlo Vanzina called “Mai Stati Uniti.” I was in a couple of scenes as an American character, and I’d love to see the finished product after getting to know the terrific cast and crew last year. I know the film was in theaters in early January, but I’m looking for a DVD/streaming option, since I’m in Los Angeles. I’d appreciate if you can find any info, thanks! 🙂

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  • Cheri

    Hi Andy – that is so cool! It’s not out on DVD yet and may never get US distribution but you can easily get it when it’s released in Italy. You’ll need a region free player or the capability to watch a region 2 film on your computer.
    I will watch for it and let you know.
    Cheri

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  • Andy McDermott

    Thanks Cheri!!!

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  • Velin

    Cheri, I’ve never used ibs.it before, and I know you have. So I would like to ask: are the DVD’s factory sealed like they are in the States? also, is it possible to get free internal shipping if you make a large purchase? Thanks!

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    • Cheri

      Not free but discounted. Email me at and I’ll tell you everything.

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  • Nick

    Hi Cheri,

    I saw Vincere last week. It was a good movie. If I understood it correctly, Mussolini seemed like a lousy husband.

    This is Nick from IIA.

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    • Cheri

      hahahaha agreed, but she’s a little on the nutty side.

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  • Lydia

    Whats up are using WordPress for your blog platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create
    my own. Do you require any html coding knowledge to make your own blog?

    Any help would be really appreciated!

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    • Cheri

      Hi! I use wordpress.com and it is almost too easy – there is probably less control than with blogger and you can’t do anything by yourself even if you want to! I like it, though.

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  • Marco

    Hi Cheri,

    I am Italian and I live in CA. I have been here since 2001 with my American wife and 2 kids. I always try to find good Italian movies with English subtitles, sometimes it’s hard because these movies don’t make it internationally. I’d like American friends to see them but with no subtitles it’s not possible. For example do you know if I can find subtitles in English for “Il Ciclone”? Thanks

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  • Cheri

    Hi Marco! I’m glad to hear from you! Do you have a region free or Italian DVD player? I order all of my movies from http://www.ibs.it and I see that Il Ciclone is available but not with English subtitles. If there is a way to find that one with English Subtitles, I’m sorry, but I don’t know it.
    I’m disappointed, too, when they don’t have them. I find a great movie and then realize my husband won’t be able to enjoy it!

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    • marco

      Sometimes you can find online subtitles also for movies that do not come with subtitle on a DVD. You can rip the movie into a file and add the subtitles with software available on the market. For example I was able to add subtitles to “Non ci resta che piangere” “Benvenuti al sud” “Benvenuti al nord” the last two are recent cute comedies (Benvenuti al Sud being the better one if you haven’t seen it)

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      • Cheri

        I’ve reviewed Benvenuti al Nord and Benvenuti al Sud but not Non Ci Resta Che Piangere here on I Love Italian Movies – Benvenuti al sud is one of my very favorites! I am so tech stupid that doing that stuff you are talking about scares me a little – I’ll have to get my daughter’s boyfriend to show me!

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  • Marco

    If you have never seen it Non ci resta Che piangere is a MUST see. It’s a 1984 original comedy with Troisi and Benigni; there is a lot of dialect in the movie and sometimes it’s even difficult for Italians to follow it but that is half of the funny part of the movie. If you can’t find a copy with subtitles I can share a digital copy with you. I saw Benvenuti al Sud in a theater in Italy when I was there for a visit and I realy enjoyed it. You need to know a bit about Italian culture to fully enjoy it I think.

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    • Cheri

      You might be right about Benvenuti al Sud but in my review I wrote that the theme is so universal. Every country has a kind of division of north and south or east and west or something like that. And we all have perceptions that are incorrect. I think the movie gives a “don’t judge people before you really know them” message!

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      • Marco

        You are right about the theme to be universal and I am glad you liked it. I will check your reviews. Thanks

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  • ICFF

    Hi Cheri!

    It’s wonderful to read the articles covering what may be niche and hard to hear bout films otherwise.

    Just across the border in Toronto, the Italian Contemporary Film Festival is happening later this month June 26-July 6, which we are happy to see that you have mentioned on your FB page. If you are free to visit during the festival, we would love to see you and have you write articles about the films in the program. I look forward to hearing back.

    ICFF

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  • Cheri

    I wish I could go! I’ve already blogged about it and I’ll be sure to mention it again when it begins!

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    • ICFF

      Thanks Cheri for spreading the word and unfortunate that you can’t make it over! Have you seen (m)any of the films on the program already? If you are interested in reviewing some of the films, we can send you the screeners otherwise.

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      • Cheri

        I’ve seen half of them – I am so excited that you have ‘Into Paradiso’ – that one was sooooo overlooked!

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  • Emina

    Ciao Cheri!

    Thank you so much for this amazing blog. I’m half Italian, born in Montreal and at the age of 6, ever since I moved to Dubai, I unfortunately stopped speaking Italian. Although my Nonna says that my Italian is still somewhere in my head, my goal is to watch as many movies as I can so it could come back naturally. I stumbled upon your blog and I’m very thankful! I have a question though: are there any movies that speak with the Foggia dialect?

    Grazie! 🙂

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    • Cheri

      Hi Emina! Your Nonna is so right. I started watching movies originally to help me with my Italian.
      I’m not very good with dialects at all – is it anything like the one from Bari?

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  • emilyteagarden

    Hello Cheri, (Sorry if this is a duplicate reply)

    You are just delightful! I have enjoyed your reviews and movie suggestions very much. Thank you for putting this all together!

    What do you think is the best system to learn Italian?
    I just started with Pimleur but am disappointed that he has us learn each word backwards (starting from the last syllable and working forward)!
    (I don’t think a 2 year old learns a language that way . . . this is his theory).

    My second question is: Do you know where I can view Benvenuti Al Sud & its sequel Benvenuti al Norte online with English Sub.?

    Also can you recommend any of your netflix Italian films that are pretty sweet & romantic?

    Thank you so much for all you do to delight us!

    Always maintain only a joyful mind – – Pema Chodrun deliteful Zen Nun & Author.

    Emily De Palma

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    • Cheri

      Hi Emily! I did not have much luck learning Italian by myself with Rosetta Stone – I believe that it’s much easier with a one on one tutor. I got one and learned very quickly. I’ve also takes some 2 week courses at a language school in Rome. The immersion method was very good for me.
      About Benvenuti al Nord and Sud, I haven’t had any luck finding them online with subtitles.Do you have a region free DVD player? They are pretty cheap and really worth the investment.

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  • emilyteagarden

    Greetings Cherie,
    Thank you for the info about learning Italian.
    I had not heard of this kind of DVD player and will definitely get one!

    I just finished Michael Tucker & Jill Eikenberry’s book: “Living In A Foreign Language” on their experience moving to Italy and found it quite funny and entertaining. Here is the link to the book on Amazon if you haven’t read it yet ~ Great summer read!

    http://www.amazon.com/Living-Foreign-Language-Memoir-Italy/dp/0802143628/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

    Could you write a review on the Benvenuti Al Sud & Nord films if you’ve seen them sometime ~ no rush.

    Ciao,
    Emily

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  • emily

    Mille grazie!

    Emily

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  • Marco

    Emily I have a copy of Benvenuti al Sud with Eng subs. I have to check if the one I have of Benvenuti al Nord also have subs. I could upload the movie to a Dropbox for you to download if you’d like. Let me know.

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    • Cheri

      Is it region 1? My region 2 has English subtitles but you can’t play it on American DVD players. If it’s region 1 – where in the world did you find it? This is exciting!

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  • Marco

    This is not a DVD. It’s in a MP4 file format that can be played by a variety of devices including iphone/ipad/android/windows/apple IOSX/apple TV etc.

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    • Cheri

      Yeah, I realized that the second time I read what you wrote. But I am still very clueless about these downloads! Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Where did you get this?

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  • Marco

    Well, iTunes or online services in Italy that are not available in the US or you can create your own collection by ripping your own DVDs with a computer and the right software……….

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    • Cheri

      Thanks! I need to have those Apple geniuses show me how to do stuff! 🙂

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  • u2tool

    Hi Cheri, what a great blog! Thank you for turning me on to some great film I haven’t seen. You might be ale to answer a question I have – the Peter Sellars film After the Fox features some great Italian comedic actors. Are you familiar with them and any other films they’ve done?

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  • u2tool

    Thanks Cheri. But I highly recommend it, give it a view.

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  • Bill Castellani

    Cheri,
    Great meeting you tonite! ˆ hope that my friend Phil can assist in your blog development. That would be awesome. You have a GR8 passion….which I share. – Bill Castellani, Washington, DC

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    • Cheri

      Thank you for the contact information. It was so nice meeting all of you!

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  • Mashkoor Ahmed

    I am looking for a Italian Produced movie called SEEMURGH. tHIS MOVIE WAS SHOT IN Pakistan, India AND Nepal in 1964-65 on the life style of HIPPIES. I am looking for this movie, Please help me outif you can that how to get this movie Seemurgh or the replaced title. Thanks

    email. .

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  • Mashkoor Ahmed

    You have been very kind to response to my query and in this connection I have contacted about 70 people but no luck to find this movie. The movie was Seemurgh but I am of the opinion that the producer may have changed the title and I don’t know the new title. I will keep trying to get this movie because I have some scenes of my own in this movie.

    Thanks very much again,

    M. Ahmed

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    • Cheri

      Did you ask Nigel at Italian Film Review?

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  • Cheri

    Just go to one of his reviews and ask him in the comment area – like here http://www.italianfilmreview.com/2013/11/knives-of-avenger-i-coltelli-del.html
    or ask on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Italian-Film-Review/337070139259?r
    He is very nice – he will help you if he can!

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  • Mashkoor Ahmed

    Respected Cheri,

    I sole heatedly thank you very much for he help you are providing me to find the movie SEEMURGH. I have few scenes of my own in this movie when it was being shot in Quetta and Lahore. Some time in your life you want to peek in the past and that’s what I want to do.

    Once again I appreciate your kindness and hard work.

    Yours truly

    M. AHMED

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    • Cheri

      I’ll watch for it! What scenes are you in?

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      • Mashkoor Ahmed

        Dear Cheri,

        You have been so helpful to me in finding and solving my problems that I have no reasonable words to thank you.

        Nigel also helped me out. He says that Seemurgh title was changed to MY MAO and I checked it on internet and he is so right.

        Now there is a bigger problem. My Mao was never introduced in North American market and I cant get this movie in any store either for rent or purchase. My last hope is you that if can find any store who has this movie or I w ill keep writing to video stores in Italy, may be I will get lucky otherwise I will close the book on this.

        Your cooperation is also helpful.

        Thanks 

        Mashkoor

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        • Cheri

          I am so glad you found the answer – you should always go to Nigel. He knows everything and his website is great!

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  • Clare

    Hi Cheri,

    I’m not Italian either but I studied Italian at university, lived in Bologna and Venice for a number of years, and got married in Tuscany! I am sending you a brief description of CINEMA MADE IN ITALY, which will take place at the Ciné Lumière in London from 5 – 9 March 2014. Do you think you might be able to give this exciting event a mention? Just let me know if you require any further details at all. In the meantime, many thanks in advance for your attention, which is hugely appreciated. Grazie mille, Clare

    Cinema Made In Italy
    Italian cinema in the spotlight at the Ciné Lumière in London from 5 – 9 March 2014

    All eyes are on Italian cinema this year as Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty not only wins the 2014 Golden Globe and BAFTA for best foreign language film, but also gets an Oscar® nomination in the best foreign picture category. Cinema Made In Italy will keep Italian cinema firmly in the spotlight when this annual five day event makes a welcome return to the Ciné Lumière in South Kensington. This year’s Italian encounter will take place from 5 – 9 March, and once again, lovers of Italian cinema will have a chance to catch the latest cinematic gems Italy has to offer. As in previous years audiences can look forward to another enthralling programme, as well as a series of lively and thought-provoking Q+A sessions with directors and actors alike.

    For the full programme and booking details please go to:
    http://www.institut-francais.org.uk/cine-lumiere/whats-on/festivals-series/cinema-made-in-italy/

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    • Cheri

      Of course! Look for it here and on Facebook on Friday!

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      • Clare

        Great! Thank you, Cheri!

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  • Laura Drake

    No problem Cheri, I didn’t think you should review them, just thought how much you would enjoy seeing them. I suppose time is the issue. So many movies, so little time. Thank you for your wonderful blog, inspiring and helpful and your enthusiastic readers are great too.

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    • Cheri

      That’s so nice of you to say! But don’t get me wrong; I am pretty old and I’ve seen a lot of the old ones over the years. I started this blog because I don’t think people know what is going on in Italian cinema today. Even the Italians don’t know sometimes. People seem to think that nothing good has happened since De Sica.

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  • Laura Drake

    Good reason to start one, there’ve been some great Italian films over the last few years. Yes there are potboilers but lots of very imaginative work too. (Habemos Papam e.g.) I’m living in Italy so have to watch everything only in Italian. My Italian is basic. I follow the stories but miss so much good dialogue.

    Have you seen La Mafia Soltanto Uccide nel’Estate? Was here a couple of weeks ago. I loved it. Actually had a child actor you couldn’t get enough of. Written and directed by the comic Pif.

    And don’t give me that ‘old’ stuff Cherie, I’ve seen your photo.

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    • Cheri

      No I haven’t had the chance! I have read all about it but unless I am in Italy I have to wait for the DVD. And trust me, I’ve seen better years Laura! 🙂

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  • mashkoor Ahmed

    Cheri,

    Thanks very much for your opinion. The only problem is that I can’t get the movie My Mao in North America because it was not catered for this market. May be you can help me out that how to get this movie from Italian Market. If you can provide me any address I can write to them directly and try to obtain this movie for my viewing. . As usual thanks again.

    Mashkoor

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  • marco puccioni

    brava Cheri, non conoscevo l’esistenza di questo blog, mi sembra una bellissima idea…conosce anche i miei film? un caro saluto, marco puccioni

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    • Cheri

      Wow! Sei veramente tu? Io conosco benissimo il tuo lavoro! Grazie per avermi contatto!

      Se volessi dirci del un nuovo progetto, ne scriverei. E scusa – il mio italiano è terribile.

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  • giorgioberruto

    Hi! Here’s a nomination, if you’d like to participate… https://ilmegliodelcinema.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/liebster-award/
    … e complimenti per il blog!

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  • cinemaincontroluce

    Ciao Cheri, ti ho nominato al Liebster Award!
    http://theemeraldforest.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/liebster-award-2014-cinema/
    Un caro saluto!

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  • Riccardo

    You have a great site. I really like it. I teach Italian (I am Italian…) and this is a good site for my students. Any plans to write articles about (very few) good Italian TV series? Keep up with the good work!

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    • Cheri

      I would love it if you’d write about Italian TV for us!!!!!

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  • pindaroi

    Hi Cheri,

    If your taste in music is at all like your taste in movies, here is a link to a music station on the net that you may have difficulty in turning off:
    http://188.165.202.221:8286
    in any decent media player.
    It’s ILR Italia from Milan , la radio de la nuova musica Italiana.

    Best regards

    Clark

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  • luigi

    I love your blog! I use film to help me learn Italian. I also use Facebook. If anyone out there is on Facebook & likes Itailan music, check it out here:
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/1408599332717625/

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  • Gloria Monti

    i read your review of *unforgivable.* since you love italian movies, let me point out an important intertextual reference you might have missed, since it does not appear in your review: a clip from bertolucci’s *before the revolution,* starring adriana asti. i won’t tell the ufficio accrediti stampa at the venice filmfest.

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  • Diego Carriero

    Ciao, Cheri. I accidentally stumbled upon you site and I’m thrilled. I’ve been enjoying (and buying some) Italian films for years. I’ve had much contact with young Italian exchange students that come to America, and to my dismay and disappointment they are not familiar with, and often not interested in the wealth and beauty of modern Italian cinema beyond, “la Vita e Bella” and maybe “Cinema Paradiso”. Some of my favorites including the aforementioned are “La Meglia Gioventu”, “Non Ho Paura”, “La Finestre Di Fronte”, “Respiro” (which I noticed you haven’t reviewed), “Malena” and “Le Chiave Di Casa”, and many others. Gabriele Salvatores is genius and I love Valeria Golino, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Luigi LoCascio and every performance in “La Meglia Gioventu”, where the beauty of Maya Sansa is mesmerizing. Perhaps you can enhance the site with discussions or reviews/biographies of the predominant modern Italian actors. I commend you for all the great information. Keep it coming. Have you seen “I Cento Passi”? Another great genre is Spanish film and Argentinean also but that’s a whole other discussion. Mille grazie!

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    • Diego Carriero

      I just noticed your section on actors! Incredible! A great comedy is “Ciao, Professore”.

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    • Cheri

      Hi! Thanks so much for reading! I have seen almost everything, but if I watched it before I started this blog I haven’t rewatched it to write about it. I was not a huge fan of Respiro, but I love the Crialese and everyone else loves it so much, I should give it another chance. I Cento Passi is wonderful (and stars my favorite Luigi Lo Casio!) I just haven’t written about it yet. If you’d ever like to write something for us, let me know!

      Reply

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