Directors Your 10 favourite Italian films?

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  1. john davies

    john davies Stunt Coordinator

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    1.8 1/2 (Fellini)
    2.Senso (Visconti)
    3.Once Upon a Time in the West (Leone)
    4.Night of the Shooting Stars (Taviani bros)
    5.L'Avventura (Antonioni)
    6.The Leopard (Visconti)
    7.The Gospel according to St Matthew (Pasolini)
    8.La Dolce Vita (Fellini)
    9.Suspiria (Argento)
    10.Voyage to Italy (Rossellini)

    also; The Battle of Algiers, The Conformist, Cinema Paradiso, Tree of the Wooden Clogs
     
  2. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    Good call on Senso though I don't share your love of Night of the Shooting Stars.

    Germany Year Zero (Rosselini)
    8 1/2 (Fellini)
    The Gospel According To St. Matthew (Pasolini)
    Umberto D (De Sica)
    Juliet Of The Spirits (Fellini)
    Stromboli (Rosselini)
    La Terra Trema (Visconti)
    The Conformist (Bertolucci)
    Suspiria (Argento)
    Senso (Visconti)

    Others: Cinema Paradiso, Paisan, The Children Are Watching Us, The Bird With The Crystal Plummage, Ossesione, Nights Of Cabiria
     
  3. john davies

    john davies Stunt Coordinator

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    Senso is a strangely neglected masterpiece. I can only assume the sting in the tail maks it less of a crowd-pleaser, but the decor & choreography are superb, and it's extremely lush and romantic (in the widest sense).
     
  4. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Unordered:

    ·L’Avventura
    ·The Red Desert
    ·8 1/2
    ·La Strada
    ·The Bicycle Thief
    ·Salò
    ·Rome, Open City
    ·Nights of Cabiria
    ·The Battle of Algiers
    ·Umberto D

    This list would really change next time.
     
  5. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Lead Actor

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    I've only seen one true Italian film... 8 1/2. It's one of my most favorite films...
     
  6. Angelo.M

    Angelo.M Producer

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    la dolce vita
    cinema paradiso
    l'avventura
    the bicycle thief
    umberto d.
    il postino
    8 1/2
    la strada
    red desert
    nights of cabiria
     
  7. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    Yes John, and Senso also has an incredibly filmed battle scene. I believe Senso was the first Italian film shot in Technicolor.
     
  8. Simon_Lepine

    Simon_Lepine Supporting Actor

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    8 1/2 is on of the few canon movies that really got on my nerves. I have a hard time with anything by Fellini after La Dolce Vita, too much masturbation for my tastes. I love Nights of Cabiria and some of his other early work though.


    Bicycle Thieves
    Umberto D
    Nights of Cabiria
    Suspiria
    Black Sunday (Bava)
    La Dolce Vita
    L’Avventura

    That's short but I don't want to put movies I don't like enough, and I have yet to see the classics by Visconti, Bertolucci and Pasolini
     
  9. john davies

    john davies Stunt Coordinator

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    Brook, it was the battle scene in particular i had in mind when i was talking of Visconti's choreography. There's another magnificent one (not huge scale) in The Leopard, which seems amazingly vivid and real, brings the period to life.
     
  10. Arman

    Arman Screenwriter

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    Took this sorted list out of my post (several months ago ... I've seen a lot of French films since then so I'll be making updates on all my lists on the eve of 12/31/2003) in the Personal Top 100 Foreign Language thread:

    1. The Bicycle Thief (De Sica)
    2. Blowup (Antonioni) - from UK/Italy ; this is my #2 Italian film if qualified
    2/3. Umberto D. (De Sica)
    3/4. Rocco & His Brothers (Visconti)
    4/5. Open City (Rossellini)
    5/6. La Notte (Antonioni)
    6/7. 8 1/2 (Fellini)
    7/8. La Dolce Vita (Fellini)
    8/9. Le Notti di Cabiria (Fellini)
    9/10. La Strada (Fellini)
    10/11. Cinema Paradiso (Tornatore) ; excluded if Blowup is qualified
     

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