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Whether you’re on your way to Italy or day-dreaming of one, to romanticize those hot, sleepy days in Saigon during the Covid 19 lockdown let’s spent many hours devouring dramas and romantic comedies that played out in the Mediterranean. Our list of favorite Italian movies should inspire the adventure you’ve been looking for.
The sweet life (La Dolce Vita) – Federico Fellini – 1960
With Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée
A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering tabloid journalist living in Roma.
Cinema Paradiso – Giuseppe Tornatore – 1988
With Jacques Perrin, Philippe Noiret, Leopoldo Trieste, Marco Leonardi, Agnese Nano and Salvatore Cascio
A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema’s projectionist. A life-affirming ode to the power of youth, nostalgia, and the movies themselves.
The Postman (Il Postino) – Massimo Troisi/ Michael Radford – 1994
With Troisi, Philippe Noiret, and Maria Grazia Cucinotta
A simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet and then learn how to use it to seduce the local beauty, Beatrice, he is in love with.
Malena – Giuseppe Tornatore – 2020
With Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Federico, Matilde Piana.
Amidst the war climate, a teenage boy discovering himself becomes love-stricken by Malena, a sensual woman living in a small, narrow-minded Italian town.
The Godfather – Francis Ford Coppola – 1972
One of Hollywood’s greatest critical and commercial successes. The Godfather, an American gangster epic film, released in 1972, was adapted from the 1969 best-selling novel by Mario Puzo and has been regarded as a masterpiece since its release. Its creative cinematography, haunting score, and unforgettable performances by such actors as Marlon Brando and Al Pacino made the multigenerational saga an enduring cultural touchstone.
The English patient – Anthony Minghella – 1996
With Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas
In the final days of the Italian Campaign of World War II, Hana, a French-Canadian nurse of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, gains permission from her unit to move into a bombed-out Italian monastery, to look after a dying, critically burned man who speaks English but cannot remember his name. The patient’s only possession is a copy of Herodotus’ Histories with notes, pictures, and mementos contained inside.
To Rome with Love – Woody Allen – 2012
With Woody Allen – Alec Baldwin – Roberto Benigni – Pénélope Cruz – Judy Davis
The lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and their romances, adventures, and predicaments they get into.
Under the Tuscan Sun – Audrey Wells – 2003
With Diane Lane – Raoul Bova – Sandra Oh.
A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany to change her life.
A room with a view – James Ivory – 1985
With Maggie Smith – Denholm Elliott – Daniel Day-Lewis – Judi Dench – Simon Callow
Set in England and Italy, the film is about a young woman named Lucy Honeychurch in the final throes of the restrictive and repressed culture of Edwardian England. A Room with a View is an eminently entertaining comedy with an intellectual approach to love.
A bigger splash – Luca Guadagnino – 2015
Luca Guadagnino’s vivid remake of the 1969 French existential thriller ‘La Piscine’ is about the vacation of a famous rock star and her boyfriend in Italy, disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter.
Call me by your name – Luca Guadagnino – 2017
With Armie Hammer – Timothée Chalamet – Michael Stuhlbarg
In 1980 Italy, romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – Vittorio De Sica – 1963
With Sophia Loren – Marcello Mastroianni
Director Vittorio De Sica created this trilogy of romantic comedies set in different parts of Italy, with Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni starring in each story. In Naples, poor Adelina supports her husband by selling black market cigarettes. In Milan, wealthy Anna is having an affair with poor Renzo, whose infatuation is tested by a near-tragedy. In Rome, prostitute Mara seeks the help of her client Augusto to spurn the advances of her neighbor’s infatuated grandson (Giovanni Ridolfi).
The Two Popes – Fernando Meirelles – 2019
With Anthony Hopkins – Jonathan Pryce – Juan Minujin
Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict XVI and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.
Stealing Beauty – Bernardo Bertolucci – 1996
With Jeremy Irons – Liv Tyler – Carlo Cecchi
After her mother commits suicide, a young woman travels to Italy in search of love, truth, and a deeper connection with herself.
The Trip to Italy – Michael Winterbottom – 2014
With Steve Coogan – Rob Brydon – Rosie Fellner
Two men, six meals in six different places on a road trip around Italy: Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi, and Capri.
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