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The 'neo-realism' cinema of post-World War II Italy brought operatic plots to the lives
of the lower-class survivors of Fascism. The 'spaghetti Western' genre combined European
concerns with the (fake) wide-open spaces of the historic American West.

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Filmmakers  of  Italy

list of Italian film directors at Wikipedia

NOTE: Oscar Awards for Best Foreign Language Film are not attributed
by A.M.P.A.S. or IMDb to the director or producer, but to the country of origin.

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won Honorary Oscar in 1995    Michelangelo  Antonioni  [1912-2007]
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"The theme that dominates Antonioni's career [is] the erosion of reason and morality throughout society, due
to the onslaught of mass medias and the dominion of the bourgeoisie who both produce it and fall under its sway."
— Richard Brady, New Yorker Magazine film critic

"[Antonioni's] lifelong theme [was] the inseparability of human identity from the ambient influences of the
surrounding world, whether media, politics, architecture, nature, or fashion." — Richard Brody

Antonioni made movies about handsome, spiritless men in a valueless society.

Antonioni's Passenger video  "The  Passenger" aka "Professione: Reporter" [M.G.M. April 1975]
A bored television reporter on location in Africa switches identity with a dead man. He moves on with the man's passport, luggage, and appointment schedule, expecting a life more exciting than his own. Things seem to improve when he meets a sexy young woman, but this new life soon delivers more than he can handle. Co-written & directed by Michelangelo Antonioni; starring Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Jenny Runacre & Ian Hendry
Sony color DVD [4/2006] for $17.49
Warner color VHS [8/90] out of prodn/used
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won Oscar for Best Director for "The Last Emperor" [1987]  won Oscar for Best Script Adaptation for "The Last Emperor" [1987]     Bernardo  Bertolucci
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The Conformist movie   "The  Conformist" [Italy Oct 1970]
A minor bureaucrat takes a job with the Mussolini government and marries a politically-connected young beauty; he is asked to visit an expatriate professor while on his honeymoon in Paris, and is given a gun and silencer at the border. Written & directed by Bernardo Bertolucci; based on based on the 1947 novel by Alberto Moravia [1907-90]; cinematography by Vittorio Storaro; starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Enzo Tarascio, Fosco Giachetti, José Quaglio, Dominique Sanda, Pierre Clémenti & Yvonne Sanson; Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay Adaptation
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"The Last Emperor" [Columbia Nov 1987]
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Dino  De Laurentiis  [1919-2010]
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Dino De Laurentiis Company [est. 1983] {requires Flash}

Dino De Laurentiis bio  
"Dino: The Life & The Films of Dino De Laurentiis" [2004]
by Tullio Kezich, Alessandra Levantesi & James Marcus

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won Special Oscar Award for "Shoeshine" [1946]  won Special Foreign Language Film Oscar for "The Bicycle Thief" [1948]  won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" [1963]  won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" [1972]     Vittorio De Sica  [1902-74]
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"Vittorio De Sica: Actor, Director, Auteur" [9/2009] by Bert Cardullo

"Indiscretion of An American Wife" [Italy 1953] /tt0046366/
directed by Vittorio De Sica, starring Jennifer Jones & Montgomery Clift

Sophia Loren won the Best Actress Oscar  "Two Women" aka "La Ciociara" [Italy Dec 1960] /tt0054749/
directed by Vittorio De Sica; starring Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Eleonora Brown & Raf Vallone;
film won Golden Globe & Blue Ribbon & other awards; Sophia Loren won Oscar & BAFTA
& Bambi & Cannes Festival & David di Donatello & other Best Actress Awards

won the first official Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "La Strada" [1954]  won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "The Nights of Cabiria" [1957]  won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "8½" [1963]  won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "Amarcord" [1973]  won Honorary Oscar in 1993    Magic Lantern's
Federico  Fellini  [1920-93] Page
won an Honorary Oscar in 1993, after 12 personal Oscar nominations [1947-1977]
(four of his films won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film)

Cinema of Federico Fellini  
"The Cinema of Federico Fellini" [1992]
by Peter Bondanella

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Princeton Univ Press 9¾x6½ hardcover [4/92] out of print/used

won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "Divorce Italian Style" [1961]  writer-director  Pietro  Germi  [1914-74]
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screenwriter  Tonino  Guerra
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Sergio  Leone  [1929-89]
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'Man With No Name' videos & DVDs

Man With No Name Trilogy on Blu-ray  
"The Man With No Name Trilogy" [2010]
M.G.M. Home Video widescreen color Blu-ray [6/2010] 3 disks for $54.99
M.G.M. Home Video widescreen color DVD [10/99] 3 disks for $15.99
contains the three feature films above; extras unknown

actor-writer-director  Daniele  Luchetti
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Ermanno  Olmi
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Pier Paolo Pasolini  [1922-75]
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AM's Pasolini fansite
English-language Pasolini fansite at Cinemateca di Bologna

Giuseppe Piccioni
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Gillo  Pontecorvo  [1919-2006]
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producer  Carlo  Ponti  [1912-2007]
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director  Dino  Risi  [1916-2008]
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"Profumo di donna" [Italy 1974]
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"Scent of A Woman" [1992 remake]
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writer-director  Francesco  Rosi  [b. 1922]
"[Rosi] has one of the greatest compositional senses in the history of movies." — Pauline Kael
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"Three Brothers" [Italy 1981]

"Francesco Rosi: Momente der Wahrheit (Moments of Truth)" [German TV 2002] /tt0432857/

Roberto  Rossellini  [1906-77]
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"The Machine That Kills Bad People" /tt0040559/
[Italy 1952, Cannes 2011, USA 2012]
Made in 1948, shelved until 1952 release in Italy; recently rediscovered (and restored?),
debuted at Cannes in 2011, will finally open in USA in 2012.

Ettore  Scola
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2 nominations for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

Taviani  Brothers:  Paolo  &  Vittorio
Vittorio's IMDb listingPaolo's IMDb listing • not on Wikipedia

"Caesar Must Die" [announced 2/2012]
a drama about Italian convicts putting on a Shakespeare stageplay production

Giuseppe  Tornatore
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Luchino  Visconti  [1906-76]
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Ossessione film   "Ossessione" [Italy May 1943, USA Oct 1976]
Co-written & directed by Luchino Visconti; uncredited adaptation of 1934 novel "The Postman Always Rings Twice" by James M. Cain [1892-1977]; starring Clara Calamai, Massimo Girotti, Dhia Cristiani, Elio Marcuzzo, Michele Riccardini & Juan de Landa
Image Ent. b&w DVD [7/2002] for $22.99
Xenon b&w VHS [2/2002] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

restored? "La Terra Trema"

"Lo Straniero" [1967 Italian feature film]
Directed by Luchino Visconti; based on "The Stranger" [1942] by Albert Camus; starring Marcello Mastroianni,
Anna Karina & Bernard Blier; VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available; full credits at IMDb

Lina  Wertmüller
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Lina Wertmüller / Man in Disorder  
"Man In Disorder: The Cinema of Lina Wertmüller In The 1970s"
[2007] by Grace Russo Bullaro

Troubador Publng Ltd. 9x6 pb [1/2007] for $25.95

Cesare  Zavattini  [1902-89]
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wrote 80+ films, for directors such as Antonioni, De Sica, Fellini, Germi & Visconti; received 3 Oscar nominations;
and was one of the first theorists & proponents of the Neorealist movement in Italian cinema

Franco  Zeffirelli
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Italian  Cinema  Links
Foreign Films [dot] com - Best Italian Films on DVD
Complete Index To World Film
Cinecittà HoldingCinecittà Studios in RomeFilmitalia Distribution
David di Donatello Prizes [est. 1955]
Venezia [Italy] Intl. Film Festival [Aug-Sept 2003 = #60]
Yahoo! Italy Cinema
Cinema Forever Italian films fansite
Indigo Film [est. 1994] in Rome, Italy

Italy-America Chamber of Commerce in the U.S.A. [est. 1887] in NYC
Instituto Italiano di Cultura - New York City
Italian American Museum [est. 2001] in New York City
Guild of Italian American Actors [est. 1937] based in New York City
G.I.A.A. Festival of Short Films & Videos [Oct 2010 = #4] in New York City

Instituto Italiano di Cultura - Los Angeles
Italian Cultural Society of Taos, New Mexico

Italian-language MyMovies.IT site: 'il cinema dalla parte del pubblico'

Cineteca di Bologna in Italy [mostly-Italian langauge site]          Cinemateca del Friuli of Gemona, Italy          Pordenone [Italy] Silent Film Festival [Oct 2003 = #22]

New Mexico Italian Film Festival [Feb 2015 = #8] in Santa Fe & Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA          Italian Western Film Festival [May 2012 = #2?] in Orvieto, Italy

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