I’m Cheri, the editor of I Love Italian Movies, and I know what you’re thinking.

You think Italian movies, and all foreign films are for hipsters with indie-music soundtracks to their lives, posers, and pseudo-intellectuals who wear black berets. It’s time to reclaim Italian movies.

It’s like we can read your mind. You think:  

1) The people who talk about Italian movies are pretentious know-it-alls, and maybe so, but don’t let that keep you from something great. Two can play at this game; your sardonic looks of disapproval can be just as intimidating as the movie snob’s are

2) You’re afraid of subtitles – Subtitles are a real concern and a whole other debate. Italians dub everything, which is blasphemy for intellectuals and pseudo-intellectuals alike, but at least Italians get to watch all the movies without having to work so hard. I wish I could watch French films while I cook, but I can’t; I have to sit there with my eyes glued to the subtitles.

Just remember, subtitles are not as big of a deal as we make them out to be. They are a pain at first, but eventually, if the movie is entertaining, you’ll forget they are there. I promise. My advice: Watch Italian films with a nice big glass of wine, relax, and you’ll forget in no time you are reading the movie.

There's dumb, and then there's Biggio and Mandelli
There’s dumb, and then there’s Biggio and Mandelli

3) You think Italian films are boring. Well hey, some of them are. Some of them are dumber than ‘Dumb and Dumber 2′. Some of them are so bad they’re good, and some are so bad they’re good, and then right back to just plain bad again.

And you’re right. Italians very rarely do special effects, because Italian filmmakers don’t have the big budgets that Hollywood does. And true, a lot of the Italian movies you see in the US are quiet, thought-provoking, talky, and slow, because that’s the kind of foreign films that the pseudo-intellectuals like to import. First of all, some of those slow, talky ones are really good (we’ll try to make sure you hear about them), and second of all, they aren’t all like that. Some of them are rollicking laugh riots. Some are action packed.

What part of
What part of “great looking actors” don’t you identify with?

4) You think you won’t identify with the story and characters. It’s foreign. They’re foreigners. You think I’m going to tell you that they are “just like us”? No way! Believe me, there are plenty of things that Italians do that we don’t and vice versa, but that’s what makes it interesting. But we do have a lot in common, like cheating husbands, wayward kids, mean girls, bonehead bosses, money worries, and infuriating family members. The ways they are different are, for the most part, adorable.

5) You don’t know what to watch or where to find them? You’ve come to the right place. All you have to do is check out  I LOVE ITALIAN MOVIES. 

We’ve got links for streaming from EVERY SOUCE WE CAN THINK OF.

CHECK OUT THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO STREAMING CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN FILMS.  

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to this blog and you will be on your way to becoming a cutting edge, intellectual film snob all your own!

Un abbraccio,

Cheri, Direttrice

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  • Dianne Gorman

    Just discovered I Love Italian Movies……amo! FYI Agata e il Tempesta is not available. Thank You!

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  • Steven

    I came across your website while looking for sources of identifying an Italian film from a scene I found on the web. Is that something I may be able to do here (i.e., by posting about it)?

    The scene is in the form of an animated .GIF I came across at another website that appears to have an Italian film orientation. There’s no information about the image on that webpage, though.

    Since it’s in the format described above, it’s very short (but is looped to repeat over and over). Assuming it is in fact from an Italian film, maybe someone here would recognize it and/or the two actors (male and female).

    Thanks. Any assistance in identifying the movie the scene is from will be appreciated.

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  • Edie

    Hi Cheri,
    I love Italian films and your site – so very helpful. I also really enjoy watching the San Remo Music Festival (starts Feb. 9) and had a cable subscription to RAI in the past but the programming got really unreliable. My question (slightly off topic of film) – do you know of any way to watch RAI1 and/or the San Remo Music Festival on line? I’ve searched and searched and have not found anything useable. Thanks much for any suggestions you might have … Edie

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    • I Love Italian Movies

      I know people who have special definitely not legal devices that allow them to get RAI1 but I’m not a lawbreaker, LOL. Are you on Facebook? You could ask the question on our page and see if you get answers. Otherwise, I will make a post soon and ask here. The FB page has over 6000 followers, so that might be a good place to ask.

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  • quest473teamzizzou

    Hi, Big fan of Italian movies,and love your site.I saw Sworn Virgin at London Film Festival 2015 and liked it alot but absolutely loved a coming of age cross gender film Arianna,it had gorgeous visuals and a fantastic first time actor lead,she gave a great Q and A after.(it also showed at the festival) I’m a huge fan of Sorrentino and both Rohrwacker’s features,aswell as the classics of Fellini,Pasolini,Antonioni etc.
    Marcus Albért Oxford,Uk twitter @teamzizzou

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