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    Posted: September 23 2013 at 20:25
Pick your favorite Italian director of the list.

Some remarkable works of each director include:

Bertolucci: The Last Emperor, The Conformist, Last Tango In Paris

Argento: Suspiria, Deep Red, Tenebrae

Risi: Scent Of A Woman, The Easy Life, I Mostri

Scola: Ugly Dirty And Bad, A Special Day, We All Loved Each Other So Much

Fellini: 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita, Amarcord

Zeffirelli: Romeo And Juliet, Tea With Mussolini, The Taming Of The Shrew

Pontecorvo: The Battle Of Algiers, Queimada, Kapo

Tornatore: Cinema Paradiso, Malena, The Legend Of 1900

Wertmuller: Seven Beauties, Swept Away, The Seduction Of Mimi

Visconti: Rocco And His Brothers, The Leopard, Le Notti Bianche

Fulci: The Beyond, Zombi 2, City Of The Living Dead

Ferreri: Tales Of Ordinary Madness, La Grande Bouffe, Dillinger Is Dead

Bava: Black Sunday, The Evil Eye, Black Sabbath

Monicelli: L'armata Brancaleone, Big Deal On Madonna Street, La Grande Guerra

Antonioni: Blow Up, L'Avventura, Red Desert

Moretti: The Son's Room, We Have A Pope, Dear Diary

Sorrentino: This Must Be The Place, The Consequences Of Love, Il Divo

Pasolini: Salo, The Gospel According To St. Matthew, Medea

Germi: Divorce Italian Style, Seduced And Abandoned, Alfredo Alfredo

Benigni: Life Is Beautiful, Nothing Left To Do But Cry, The Tiger And The Snow

Rossellini: Stromboli, Rome Open City, Germany Year Zero

Corbucci: Django, The Great Silence, Navajo Joe

Leone: The Good The Bad And The Ugly, Once Upon A Time In The West, Once Upon A Time In America

De Sica: Umberto D, Bicycle Thieves, The Earrings Of Madame De...
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Michalangelo Antonioni. Blow Up wasn't great but had lots of cool moments, and I love L'Avventura and L'Eclisse (own those two on Criterion collection DVDs).
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Originally posted by Prog Sothoth

Michalangelo Antonioni. Blow Up wasn't great but had lots of cool moments, and I love L'Avventura and L'Eclisse (own those two on Criterion collection DVDs).



^This. 

Although I confess I've not seen work from all of them. 




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Post Options Post Options   Quote Finnforest Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 23 2013 at 21:18
I enjoyed "Beyond the Clouds" very much too, one of his last films.  Gorgeous looking film.  Not as heavy as the 60s stuff but worth checking out.


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I definitely read "dictator" first and was confused as to why there were so many. LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jude111 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 23 2013 at 21:54
Originally posted by Finnforest

Originally posted by Prog Sothoth

Michalangelo Antonioni. Blow Up wasn't great but had lots of cool moments, and I love L'Avventura and L'Eclisse (own those two on Criterion collection DVDs).



^This. 

Although I confess I've not seen work from all of them. 



Plus, "The Passenger" and "Red Desert"...
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Leone.....love those 'westerns' he did.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Atkingani Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 23 2013 at 23:23
Some great names, but I'll go with Fellini, thanks mainly to Otto e Mezzo and Amarcord.

This scene alone is fabulous:


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I love so many of them but I went with Marco Ferreri as he's one of the most unique ones. Touche pas la femme blanche!
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Hi,
 
Awesome list ... !
 
Tornatore did one of the prettiest and nicest films around that won an Oscar. It's a must see, if you like things on this list. Cinema Paradiso.
 
Bertolucci is Bertolucci, but his cinematographer is the man that makes his films go, often coloring with a filter a whole portion of the film, that is not noticeable when you are watching the film. But when you catch "Visions of Light" about cinematographers, you will be stunned and totally surprised at the creativity and design of some of his things.
 
Fellini, is without question the ultimate kid in a clown's costume, doing anything that the kid can get away with. And sometimes people get offended! Too bad, because those moments are also the funniest of all!
 
DeSica is film history, and his films in the early days were scary, because all of a sudden they had stories, and they were very serious, unlike the Hollywood soft crap! But when he sets out to have fun, look out ... get a hold of "After the Fox" with Peter Sellers, and dig the fun and total satire on anything, including Italian films and scenes.
 
Dario Argento is the department of weirdness here in this lilst and no one knows him? Excuse me, but you have heard all of those Goblin albums? Granted, the music was misused in everyone of those films and I don't think I can think of one of his films that is better and worth mentioning!
 
Wertmuller kinda lost her credibility as a woman film maker when she went "pop" with her films. She was more interesting when they were different, and strange, and even weird.
 
Antonioni, for reasons I can not really figure out, is not one of my favorites. I did not like the peep hole mentality in "Blow Up" that I found boring, and his films have a tendency to go slower and slower to make sure you get the point. Very visual filming style though, and very clever angles.
 
Zeffirelli is better known for his two Shakespeare films, both magnificent, and nice to watch, and there is no better Taming of the Shrew, than the one with Burton and Taylor, and the combination is magnificent! Mostly he did a lot of Opera and also filmed it, something that probably none of us ever saw any of them. One other film that was really good, but no one got, or cared for it, was his film about Saint Francis of Assissi. Take aside the hip thing with Donovan, and the film is fabulous!
 
Visconti I can not tell you enough and I do not remember The Leopard well enough.
 
Pasolini, is quite different, and loved using non actors for a lot of his roles, and sometimes, it makes you wonder, but the films come off ... strange, different, sometimes weird! His Gospel film could be considered off the wall, but it comes off ok, like we don't know what the whole thing is about anyway! So, that makes it more interesting.
 
 Mario Bava, made the original "Black Sunday" with Barbara Steele, and it still is one of the alltime scary films, and is moody as heck, besides being filmed not in color, which made it darker still.
 
I have, probably 50 of these films reviewed and will see about uploading them to my website.
 


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Fellini, no doubt.


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