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Italian Challenge (Official); April 2015
Topic Started: Mar 31 2015, 01:38:00 PM (1,530 Views)
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Goal:

Watch as many films as possible!


Rules:

- Rewatches are good for the soul
- A feature film (Anything 40 minutes or over) counts as one entry
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies

Challenge runs from April 1st, 2015 to April 30th, 2015


Official iCM Lists:

One hundred film and one country, Italy
UNESCO (entries for Italy: 390-404)
SWDB's Top 50 Spaghetti Westerns


Unofficial iCM Lists:

'I Capolavori' - The 4 and 5 star Italian classics, according to the Morandini dictionary
CFB's Top Italian Films
My Voyage to Italy
Top 50 Italian Films as Voted by RYMers
Italian Neo-Realism
Giallo Checklist (most but not all are Italian)
Italian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Jean A. Gili's Italian Cinema
Il Grande Cinema Italiano


Participants:

3eyes - 11
allisoncm
ArthurYanthar - 2
cinephage - 8
Cocoa - 26
Daviddoes - 6
edkrak - 1
funkybusiness - 1
Gershwin - 2
HVM - 16
jgwr - 2
Knaldskalle - 4
Lonewolf2003 - 1
Melvelet - 2
ororama - 6
zuma - 17


Thanks to themagician whose '13 Challenge OP I've shamelessly aped. :shifty:
Edited by HVM, May 2 2015, 05:51:24 AM.
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Yeah I am in. I have a bunch of embarrassingly high profile Italian films to watch.

Goals for myself:

Watch 10 = Contentment
Watch 15 = Happy
Watch 20 = Super Duper

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In. I've made quite a list, and have 3 to go for tin spaghetti, but what with my husband's situation and National Poetry Writing Month.... we'll see.
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└ la recherche du temps perdu...
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I'm in!
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I'm in.
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In!
I am a bit behind in my yearly goal of watching 26 Italian B-movies (4 at the moment).
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hey me too.
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Count me in.
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1. Cadaveri eccellenti / Illustrious corpses (It 76)
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I wasn't going to join, but since I have a small handful of gialli arriving on blu-ray this month I'm going to rewatch those and maybe one or two more Italian movies.
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I'm in too. Got quite a few titles I could watch for this.
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An Italian challenge. Could I possibly resist? Nah, can't. In.
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2. Il ladro di bambini / The stolen children (It 92)
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1. Django (1966) 7/10
2. Assunta Spina (1915) 5/10
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I'm going to be naughty and bump this thing up without having finished another movie. I'm in the middle of the 1986 revision of the 1942 Italian version of Ayn Rand's We the Living, with Alida Valli (was she wall-eyed?) as the heroine. I read the novel half a century or so ago, and... well, Rand wrote the same novel over and over and this one is seminal to understanding where she was coming from. It's Dagny T with Hank R and John Galt all over again. I'm about half way with it and zzzz (not the movie's fault but I'm exhausted). More later, I suppose.
Edited by 3eyes, Apr 4 2015, 01:12:07 AM.
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Apr 4 2015, 01:11:11 AM
with Alida Valli (was she wall-eyed?)
No, I think she was Valli-ed. :whistling:
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3-4. La meglio giovent¨ (2003) 7/10

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1. Django (1966) 8/10

2. I racconti di Canterbury (1972) 6/10
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3. We the living / Noi vivi (It 42/86)
It took me 3 evenings to get through it (can only take AR in moderately small doses these days), but I'm glad I persevered. This is the 1986 authorized revision of the 1942 film of Ayn Rand's early semi-autobiographical novel which was made without her knowledge or consent. As usual. very romantic. The film itself has a fascinating history.
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1. Milano odia: la polizia non puo sparare (aka. Almost Human) (Lenzi, 1974). A lowlife concocts a vicious kidnapping plot and persuades a couple of buddies to participate. The lowlife, played fairly well by Thomas Milian, does not hesitate to shoot whoever stands in his way - especially they're unarmed. Noone is safe from him, not even his friends. When the cops finally get on his trail, they have a hard time finding evidence against him, since he leaves few, if any, witnesses. Italian exploitation that reminded me of the viciousness of Mario Bava's Rabid Dogs - though this one doesn't reach those heights.
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1. La notte 1961 9/10
2. Al primo soffio di vento 2002 Ś a.k.a. At the First Breath of Wind 7-/10
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I'll participate as well, I love italian cinema !
01 - Mafioso, by Alberto Lattuada (1962) 8/10

Great part for Alberto Sordi.

02 - Riso Amaro, by Giuseppe de Santis (1949) 7/10

I think the movie's stuck between neorealism and noir, but can't seem to choose (where, for example, Ossessione manaded perfectly the switch from one mood to the other). Silvana Mangano's dances are really something, though.
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01. La veritÓ secondo Satana (1972) 40/100
What a weird film. Part ultra-stupid comedy, part psychedelic freakout, part sexploitation. Would be much better without all the silly scenes that tried to be funny and all the dancing hippies.
01.20 Il caso Valdemar (1936) 70/100 (12 min short)
01.45 Il cuore rivelatore (1934) 65/100 (15 min short)
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5. Il posto aka The Job (1961) 7/10
6. C'eravamo tanto amati aka We All Loved Each Other So Much (1974) 6/10
7. I soliti ignoti aka Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958) 7/10
8. Palombella rossa aka Red Lob (1989) 6/10

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4. La ciociara /Two women (It 60)
Loren is amazing in this. And that last shot--- !
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1. A Bullet for the General (1966) 118 min.
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2. Inferno (1980) 106 min.

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01. The Earth Trembles/La terra trema (Luchino Visconti, 1948) 7/10

02. L'amore (Roberto Rossellini, 1948) 6/10

03. I Knew Her Well/Io la conoscevo bene (Antonio Pietrangeli, 1965) 7/10
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1. Amanti d'oltretomba/Nightmare Castle, 1965
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9. La corona di ferro aka The Iron Crown (1941) 6.5/10
10. L'uomo in pi¨ aka One Man Up (2001) 7/10

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5. Professione: reporter / The passenger (It 75)
Another one that I've been avoiding for some time but am glad now to have seen.

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2. Il Posto (Olmi, 1961). A gentle satire of adolescent life in the early sixties trying to land a "job for life" in a big company and the miserable existences who succeeded in that. Enjoyable, but not, imo, the masterpiece it has been declared to be.

3. La Cotta (Olmi, 1967). An extra on the Criterion release, this is a more playful and relaxed short feature-length film (49 minutes) about young love and what can happen when your serious long term relationship of ten days suddenly and unexpectedly ends.

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I'm hosting my first poll at the moment. When that goes right and proofs to be not too time-consuming I might do an Italian poll after this challenge is done.
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6. I sovversivi / The subversives (It 67)
Early Taviani bros film with interlocking groups of characters in Rome for the 1964 funeral of Communist leader Palmiro Toglietti.
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3. Phenomena (1985) 115 min.

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2. A Fistful of Dollars, 1964
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1. Federico Fellini - Fellini - Satyricon (1969): 5.2 - Credits were credits are due. It looks gorgeous and it sure takes some skills to direct such set-pieces. But the movie felt too empty. Now I know that this is part of the meaning in a movie about the emptiness of decadence, but it just doesn't make for pleasant viewing.
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04. Rocco and His Brothers (Luchino Visconti, 1960) 7/10

05. Cabiria (Giovanni Pastrone, 1914) 4/10



Watched

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3. La strada (1954) 8/10

4. I fidanzati (1963) 5/10

5. PaisÓ (1946) 6/10

6. Profondo rosso (1975) 8/10

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11. Caccia alla volpe aka After the Fox (1966) 6/10
12. I pugni in tasca aka Fists in His Pocket (1965) 7/10

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