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…)

Summer Blockbuster Super Hero, Italian-Style: Jeeg Robot

Car crashes. Shoot outs. Dismembered bodies. A hero and a bastard of a villain. No, it’s not a Hollywood summer blockbuster; this is 21st century Italian cinema. (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          

Check Out Fandor For LOTS Of Great Italian Films

For as little as $7.50 a month you can watch many hard to find Italian films, as well as others from all over the world. (more…)