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Agata and the storm

Directed by: Silvio Soldini.

Cast: Licia Maglietta, Giuseppe Battiston, Emilio Solfrizzi.

When Agata, the popular bookshop proprietor and dispenser of sunny wisdom is suddenly wooed by a man almost half her age, her electricity hits high-voltage. Yet it is Agata's joy and magnetism in the face of life in all its irony that eventually offers the eye of the storm. Soundtrack in Italian with subtitles in English. DVD.

 

 

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Amarcord

Directed by: Federico Fellini.

Cast: Magali Noel, Pupella Maggio, Josiane Tanzilli.

Memories of episodes about love, sex, politics, family life and growing up in a small Italian town in the 1930's. In Italian with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Bellissimo: immagini del cinema italiano

Directed by: Gianfredo Mingozzi.

Explores Italian cinema as an art form and as an industry. Features great personalities in Italian filmmaking from the 1940s to the 1980s with excerpts from many films. English narration and subtitles; Italian dialog.VHS.

 

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Ciao, professore!

Directed by: Lina Wertmuller.

Cast: Paolo Villaggio, Isa Danieli, Gigio Morra.

A conservative teacher from Northern Italy finds himself teaching not upper crust students, but scrappy students, at a ramshackle school in the South, due to a computer error. In Italian with yellow English subtitles. VHS.

 

 

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Cinema paradiso

Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore.

Cast: Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Antonella Attili, Pupella Maggio, Salvatore Cascio.

A young boy in a small Italian village is befriended by the projectionist at the movie theater, the Cinema Paradiso. As the boy grows up, he learns to love films, and is encouraged by his good friend to pursue his dream of one day making movies. Dubbed English version. VHS.

 

 

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La Corona di ferro / The iron crown

Directed by: Alexandro Blasetti.

Cast: Elisa Cegani, Luisa Ferida, Rina Morelli, Gino Cervi, Massimo Girotti.

The story of a crown, fashioned from a nail of the true cross, that rights injustices. The crown regains a throne for the rightful heir. Italian with English subtitles. VHS format.

 

 

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Dillo con parole mie / Ginger and cinnamon

Directed by: Daniele Luchetti.

Cast: Stefania Montorsi, Giampaolo Morelli, Martina Merlino, Albert Cucca.

"While vacationing on the Greek "Isle of Love," the repressed 30-year-old Stefania reluctantly plays chaperone to her precocious 15-year-old niece, Meggy. Unbeknownst to Stefania, Meggy plans to lose her virginity before the summer is over. Amidst a mélange of sun rash, broken diets, nervous girls, sleeping bags, orgasms, 80s music and a little ginger and cinnamon, the two women discover themselves and their sexuality."--Container back. In Italian with English subtitles. DVD.

 

 

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The family

Directed by: Ettore Scola.

Cast: Vittorio Gassman, Stefania Sandrelli, Fanny Ardant, Philippe Noiret.

On his 80th birthday, an old Italian man reflects upon his past, reliving personal triumphs, family comedies, volatile politics, a war-torn world, and most importantly, the people and the passions that have changed his life. Dubbed into English.

 

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Flowers of St. Francis

Directed by: Roberto Rossellini.

Cast: Aldo Fabrizi, Arabella Lemaitre, Monks of Nocere Inferiore Monastery.

A neo-realist recreation of legends surrounding St. Francis of Assisi and his band of friars as they strive to attain perfect harmony with nature. Italian dialog with English subtitles and narration. VHS.

 

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Il Gattopardo

Directed by: Luchino Visconti.

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon.

Spectacle set in 1860 Sicily about an aristocrat who tries coming to terms with the unification of Italy. Concluding hour-long banquet scene is among the great set pieces in movie history--L. Maltin. In Italian. VHS.

 

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The Icicle thief

Directed by: Maurizio Nichetti.

Cast: Maurizio Nichetti, Caterina Sylos Labini, Claudio G. Fava, Heidi Komarek.

Satiric fantasy that blasts television by mingling the hyper reality of commercials with a bleak vintage drama.Italian with English subtitles. VHS.



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Io non ho paura

Directed by: Gabriele Salvatores.

Cast: Aitana Sâanchez-Gijâon, Dino Abbrescia, Giorgio Careccia, Riccardo Zinna, Michele Vasca, Susy Sanchez, Antonella Stefanucci, Giuseppe Cristiano, Mattia di Pierro.

While playing outside one day in a wheat field, nine-year-old Michele discovers Filippo, who is chained to the ground at the bottom of a hole. Michele witnesses town bad boy Felice nearby and suspects something bad is happening. Michele is unsure whom he should tell about his discovery, eventually spilling the tale to his closest friend. When Michele's parents learn of his discovery, they warn him to forget whatever he saw. Italian dialogue, English or Spanish subtitles. DVD.

 

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In nome del Papa Re / In the name of the Pope-King

Directed by: Luigi Magni.

Cast: Nino Manfredi, Danilo Mattei, Carmen Scarpitta, Giovannella Grifeo, Carlo Bagno, Gabriella Giacobbe, Salvo Randone.

In 1867 Italian patriots fight to unify the country. Rome stands alone, ruled by the Pope. Monsignor Colombo, a magistrate of the Papal State, is about to resign from his office when some young terrorists blow up the barracks of the government troops, the Zouaves. Only then he discovers that one of the suspects is his own 20-year-old natural son. A compelling story of intrigue, political conflict and murder unfolds, within a magnificent historical setting. In Italian with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Italiensk for begyndere / Italian for beginners

Directed by: Ib Tardini.

Cast: Anders W. Berthelsen, Ann Eleonora J²rgensen, Anette St²velbµk, Peter Gantzler, Lars Kaalund, Karen Lise Mynster, Sara Indrio Jensen, Rikki Wolck, Elsebeth Steentoft, Carlo Barsotti.

Several Danish students of an Italian language class find romance in their studies of the language of love. In Danish and Italian with optional English subtitles; Closed-captioned. DVD.

 

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A joke of destiny

Directed by: Lina Wertmuller.

Cast: Ugo Tognazzi, Piera Degli Esposti, Gastone Moschin.

The Italian Minister of the Interior and his driver are inside a computer- controlled, terrorist-proof, maximum-security limousine, enroute to an important press conference in Rome. Then suddenly the power shuts off, the engine stalls and they are locked in, prisoners in a glass and steel trap. What follows is political comedy and chaos. Italian with English subtitles. VHS

 

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Juliet of the spirits

Directed by: Federico Fellini.

Cast: Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu, Silvia Koscina.

A fantasy of dreams about a bored housewife who can conjure up sensual spirits. In Italian with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Kaos

Directed by: Giuliani G. De Negri.

Cast: Margarita Lozano, Claudio Bigagli, Massimo Bonelli, Enrica Maria Modugno, Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Biagio Barone, Laura Mollica, Salvatore Rossi, Franco Scaldate, Pasquale Spadola, Omero Antonutti, Regina Bianchi, Laura DeMarchi.

Five short stories, independent from one another, yet with the common theme of Sicilian people and peasants struggling through the misery of their everyday life, love and passion at the turn of the century. Italian dialogue, English subtitles. VHS format.

 

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Ladri di biciclette / The bicycle thief

Directed by: Vittorio De Sica.

Cast: Lamberto Maggiorani, Lianella Carell, Enzo Staiola, Elena Antieri, Gino Saltamerenda, Giulio Chiari, Vittorio Antonucci.

Story of an unemployed man and his son in war devastated Rome. The father finds a job pasting up posters, work requiring a bicycle to get around. The bicycle is stolen; panic stricken at being unable to recover his bicycle and at the prospect of losing his job, the father is compelled to steal a bicycle, only to be caught and humiliated in front of his son. Italian dialogue, English subtitles. DVD.

 

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Lamerica

Directed by: Gianni Amelio.

Cast: Enrico Lo Verso, Michele Placido, Piro Milkani, Carmelo Di Mazzarelli.

Two Italians in post-Communist Albania seek to buy a former state-run workshop at a good price, but they need an Albanian partner. The most likely candidate, an eccentric old man, disappears on the eve of concluding the contract. In Italian with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Luchino Visconti's the innocent

Directed by: Luchino Visconti.

Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Jennifer O'Neill.

Triangle love story in a high society. Italian dialogue with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Malèna

Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore.

Cast: Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Frederico, Matilde Plana, Pietro Notarianni.

Set in a small Sicilian town during WWII, the story centers on Renato, a 13-year-old boy with a coming of age fantasy life who falls hard for the town's ultra-beautiful twentysomething, Malena. Italian and French language soundtracks with optional subtitles in English or Spanish. DVD.

 

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Mamma Roma

Directed by: Paolo Pasolini.

Cast: Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti, Silvana Corsini.

A middle-aged prostitute attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Mamma Roma offers an unflinching look at the struggle for survival in postwar Italy. In Italian with English subtitles. DVD.

 

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Mediterraneo

Directed by: Gabriele Salvatores.

Cast: Diego Abatantuono, Claudio Bigagli, Giuseppe Cederna, Claudio Bisio, Luigi Alberti, Ugo Conti, Memo Dini, Vasco Mirandola, Luigi Montini, Irene Grazioli, Antonio Catania, Vanna Barba.

After a group of misfit Italian sailors invade a remote enemy Greek island they soon become stranded, and then ultimately forgotten, by the Italian navy. The sailors quickly learn they've invaded paradise, and that on this magical island, where enemies become friends -- anything can happen. In Italian with yellow English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Michel Anelo e Tiziano

Directed by: Therese Guichard.

Cast: Narrated by Antonio Guidi.

Based on the series: Arte di tutti Tempi. In Italian. VHS.

 

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Nights of Cabiria

Directed by: Federico Fellini.

Cast: Giulietta Masina, Franðcois Perier, Franca Marzi, Amedeo Nazzari.

Cabiria, a simple-minded prostitute, searches Rome for true love. She is romanced and abandoned by men who exploit her. She endures even in the face of tragedy with the vain hope of finding marriage and happiness. In Italian with English subtitles.VHS.

 

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Oedipus Rex

Directed by: Pier Pasolini.

Cast: Franco Citti, Silvana Mangano, Alida Valli, Carmelo Bene, Julian Beck, Pier Paolo Pasolini.

"A dark and riveting retelling of the classic Greek tragedy. Set in Morocco, the film is a visual wonder of desert landscapes and powerful Moorish architecture." In Italian with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Otto e mezzo / 8 1/2

Directed by: Federico Fellini.

Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee, Sandra Milo, Barbara Steele.

Fellini's rarely seen first film for television, an imagined documentary, as well as a documentary about Nino Rota, the maestro behind the music of Fellini's films, interviews, still photographs and production photos connected with the film. In Italian with optional English subtitles. DVD.

 

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Padre, padrone / My father, my master

Directed by: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani.

Cast: Omero Antonutti, Saverio Marconi, Marcella Michelangeli, Fabrizio Forte.

A powerful story of a son's development under an oppressive father. Gavino Ledda lives in solitude as an illiterate Sardinian shephard. His father is the brutal instrument of that solitude. Year after year Gavino is isolated alone with his flock in the mountains; separated from family, schools and the collectivity of his town. Finally, he rebels against his father and his own illiteracy. Studying by himself, Gavino earns his degree and writes a book about himself. In Italian with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Pane, amore e fantasia

Directed by: Luigi Comencini.

Cast: Vittorio de Sica, Gina Lollobrigida.

In Italian. VHS.

 

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Pane e tulipani / Bread & tulips

Directed by: Silvio Soldini.

Cast: Licia Maglietta, Bruno Ganz, Giuseppe Battiston, Antonio Catania, Marina Massironi, Vitalba Andrea, Daniela Piperno, Tatiana Lepore, Felice Andreasi.

When a harried housewife is accidentally left behind while on vacation with her family, she decides to take a holiday of her own in Venice. She becomes charmed by the city and her new found freedom. She decides to extend her stay, finding a job in a flower shop, renting a room from a wistful waiter, and rediscovers her love for playing the accordian. But her solo journey does not sit well with her tyrannical husband, who hires an amateur detective to bring her back home. In Italian with English subtitles. DVD.

 

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Il Postino / The postman

Directed by: Michael Radford.

Cast: Philippe Noiret, Massimo Troisi, Maria Grazia Cucinotta.

The postman, Mario, enlists the aid of the poet Pablo Neruda to conquer the heart of the beautiful Beatrice. In Italian with English subtitles. VHS.

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The Red desert

Directed by: Michelangelo Antonioni.

Cast: Monica Vitti, Richard Harris.

A woman finds herself unable to adjust to her urban environment after being involved in an automobile accident. Italian dialogue, English subtitles. VHS.

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Rocco e i suoi fratelli / Rocco & his brothers.

Directed by: Luchino Visconti.

Cast: Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot.

The film is comprised of five episodes and is spread over half-a-dozen years. Each episode concentrates on one of five peasant brothers who, with their widowed mother, migrate to industrial Milan from poverty-stricken Southern Italy. In Italian with English subtitles. VHS.

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Roma, cittą aperta / Open city

Directed by: Roberto Rossellini.

Cast: Anna Magnani, Marcello Pagliero, Aldo Fabrizi.

The loyalties of an impoverished mother-to-be and a parish priest are tested by the German forces which occupy their homeland during World War II. In Italian with English subtitles. DVD.

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La scorta

Directed by: Ricky Tognazzi.

Cast: Claudio Amendola, Enrico Lo Verso, Carlo Cecchi, Ricky Memphis, Tony Sperandeo, Ugo Conti.

In Italian with English subtitles. VHS.

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I soliti ignoti Mario Monicelli's / Big deal on Madonna Street

Directed by: Mario Monicelli.

Cast: Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Toto, Renato Salvatori.

Five men conspire to burglarize a small-time jeweler's safe. When the time comes to carry out the scheme, the men become hopelessly clumsy and have to eventually give up and go home. In Italian with optional English subtitles. DVD.

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A Special day

Directed by: Ettore Scola.

Cast: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon, Francoise Berd, Nicole Magny, Patrizia Basso, Tiziano De Persio, Maurizio Di Paolantonio, Antonio Garibaldi, Vittorio Guerrieri, and Alessandra Mussolini.

An accidental meeting brings a lonely, dowdy housewife and a former radio announcer together for almost two hours of comic and touching confidences, arguments and self-searching. The day is May 8, 1938, the day of a huge rally celebrating Hitler's visit to Rome which underscored the infamous alliance between the Nazis and Mussolini's fascist regime. In Italian, dubbed in English. VHS format.

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La Stazione / The Station

Directed by: Sergio Rubini.

Cast: Sergio Rubini, Margherita Buy, Ennio Fantastichini.

A man and a woman are mysteriously drawn together when she, anxious, sophisticated, vulnerable, waits for the dawn train in the station where he is the young and ordinary but devoted stationmaster. Italian with English subtitles. VHS.

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Teorema

Directed by: Mauro Bolognini

Cast: Silvana Mangano, Terence Stamp, Massimo Girotti, Anne Wiazemsky, Laura Betti

Originally released as a motion picture in 1968. Special features: 2005 documentary "Pasolini and death: a purely intellectual thriller" (53 min.) In this intellectual, erotic and political drama, Terence Stamp portrays a handsome stranger who enters the lives of a bourgeois Italian family and proceeds to seduce each member, including the maid. DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital. Italian dialogue, English subtitles

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The Tree of wooden clogs

Directed by: Ermanno Olmi

Cast: Luigi Omaghi, Francesca Moriggi, Omar Brignoll, Antonio Ferrari

Deceptively simple tale of a small community of peasants in Italy at the turn of the century. It follows four families through the seasons, and shows the seemingly small events that influence their lives and the love they feel for the land and their families. Italian with English subtitles. VHS format

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La vita č bella / Life is beautiful

Directed by: Roberto Benigni

Cast: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giustino Durano, Sergio Bustric, Lydia Alfonsi, Giorgio Cantarini, Marisa Paredes, Horst Buchholz

A charming but bumbling waiter who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor has won the heart of the woman he loves and has created a beautiful life for his young family. Then that life is threatened by World War II. In Italian with English subtitles. VHS

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The Young and the passionate

Directed by: Federico Fellini

Cast: Franco Interlenghi, Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizzi, Leopoldo Trieste, Eleonora Ruffo, Riccardo Fellini, Eleonora Ruffo, Lida Baarova, Arlette Sauvage, Jean Brochard, Claude Farįere, Gigetta Morano, Enrico Viarisio, Paola Barboni

Character study of five aimless young men living in a small Italian town, based in part upon Fellini's own experiences and those of his acquaintances. Italian dialogue ; English subtitles. VHS

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