My Favorite On Screen Italian Movie Couples!

  Flora and Arturo (Cristiana Capotondi and Pif) La Mafia Uccide Solo D'estate (The Mafia Only Kills In The Summer) VUDU ,  iTunes Pif told me that the romantic parts of his movies are secondary to a more important message about remembering the martyrs of the battle against organized crime in Sicily, but I still loved watching the romantically challenged Arturo clumsily winning his true love. Salvo and Rita (Saleh Bakri and Sara Serraiocco) Salvo NETFLIX ,   VUDU,    iTunes,   Amazon,   Google Play Salvo and Rita get off to a rocky start, him kidnapping her and all. But when he realizes he can't kill her, their love story is actually very sweet. Numero Otto and Viola (Alessandro Borghi and Greta Scarano) Suburra Netflix I'm not sure that Numero Otto ever completely appreciated the loyalty of his badass girlfriend. Federica and Marina (Margherita Buy and Sabrina Ferilli) Io E Lei (Me, Myself and Her) Google Play, YouTube, iTunes, Amazon Though she's uncomfortable about "coming out", never having thought of herself as gay, Federica's is a pure love, not at all casual, and very authentic.   Cheyenne and Jane (Sean Penn and Frances McDormand) This Must Be The Place NETFLIX,   iTunes,   Amazon,   YouTube,   Google Play You don't have to understand anything about this relationship to get a kick out of it. Serena and Francesco (Paola Cortellesi and Raoul Bova) Scusate Se Esisto (Do You See Me?) This one has not been distributed in the USA. He's gay and she's not, and there is nothing romantic between them, but they are one of the cutest movie couples ever. Rosalba and Fernando (Licia Maglietta and Bruno Ganz) Pane e Tulipani (Pane e Tulipani) VUDU,  Amazon,  Google Play My favorite ever; you had to know I wouldn't have forgotten about Rosalba and the man who made her dreams come true.  

Contemporary Italian Movies To Stream On Netflix USA

At this moment, I must admit that Netflix has a nice little collection of contemporary Italian films to stream. Remember, Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away, so catch them while you can! (more…)

The Best Of The English Language Films From Italian Directors

[caption id="attachment_20853" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Youth[/caption]   In Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, Jimmy, a young actor played by Paul Dano vacations at a Swiss resort and prepares for an upcoming role. As he spends his lazy days in the crisp mountain air, and his evenings sipping cocktails in the moonlight, he’s doing what, I suppose, all good actors do; he’s observing the human behavior around him.   He watches two aging buddies, Mick, a director, played by Harvey Keitel, and Fred, a composer played by Michael Caine, on holiday together, and he befriends them, asking them to “be generous” and tell him about their lives. Both understand that their time on earth is limited, but they are handling their old age in different ways; Fred seems indifferent and lethargic, facing each day with a weary resignation. Mick, however, is working on his masterpiece, his “testament”, with a group of young screenwriters with the enthusiasm of a younger man. In an ironic twist, there’s a third rewrite of the script and everybody including the producers are happy, but the writers still can’t come up with a way to end the film, but Mick’s not worrying about it.   Sorrentino is a master at castings his complicated stories, and here, he adds Rachel Weisz as Fred’s daughter and Jane Fonda, in a role that only the bravest of aging actresses would agree to. Keitel, Cane, and Dano are so natural and believable in their roles, and Sorrentino has given humor to their characters, rescuing the film from becoming just one more brooding film searching for the meaning of life.   [caption id="attachment_19776" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] A Bigger Splash[/caption]   Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash was not my favorite but most other critics disagree; even I have to admit that Guadagnino’s has assembled a winning cast,…

Italian Films Made In Off The Beaten Path Film Locations

These films will show you Italy beyond Rome, Florence and Venice! [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="22863,28981"]   Arianna,  Lago di Bolsena, Viterbo, Lazio   Watch it:   Vudu , Google Play, and YouTube    [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="27603,28982"]   A Bigger Splash, Pantelleria Island, Sicilia   Watch it: Vudu, YouTube, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play   [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="19417,12651"]   Le Quattro Volte (The Four Times), Alessandria del Carretto, Cosenza, Calabria   Watch it: Fandor, Amazon   [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="23289,28983"]   Cloro (Chlorine), Sulmona, Abruzzo   Watch it: Vudu, Google Play, YouTube, iTunes, Amazon,    [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="17202,28984"]   Il Capitale Umano (Human Capital), Lago di Como, Lombardia   Watch it: Amazon, Netflix, VUDU,  iTunes   [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="28986,28985"]   My Cousin Is The Mayor Of New York, Grassano Basilicata    Watch it: Fandor    [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="19885,28989"]   Non Essere Cattivo (Don't Be Bad), Ostia, Lazio Watch it: Amazon  iTunes     Vudu   Google Play   YouTube          

Arianna: Available To Stream In The USA

“I was born three times, as a boy the first time, and a few years later as a little girl.” (more…)