The vast landscapes of “The Eight Mountains” create open spaces as symbols of both liberation and isolation, weighted further as a geographic manifestation of an emotional void.
Category: Criterion Collection
#30: Stromboli (Roberto Rossellini, 1950)
Ingrid Bergman experiences the land of God in Roberto Rossellini’s 1950 film.
#28: Two Sicilian Love Stories by Pietro Germi
Pietro Germi goes to Sicily with “Divorce Italian Style” and “Seduced and Abandoned,” critiquing law & society against the backdrop of decaying aristocracy and the rise of the mafia.
#26: The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)
This sprawling work examines Roman high society, as well as broader themes of artistry, beauty, and experiences both individual and collective.
#25: I vitelloni (Federico Fellini, 1953) & I basilischi (Lina Wertmüller, 1963)
Discussing two tales of young men, directionless and in limbo, and exploring their thematic similarities & differences.
#20: The Best of 2020
Counting down the top 5 Italian films of 2020.
#13: Fellini 100
Celebrating Fellini’s filmography, career, plus rumors on what could be coming later from Criterion.
Throwback: Excerpt on “The White Sheik” (1952)
The White Sheik is an excellent example of the balance between hyperbolic comedic situations, and moments of intense human drama.
Fellini 100 Tracker
I’m a little too excited about Fellini 100, the retrospective tour featuring restorations of the classic films of Federico Fellini,… Read more Fellini 100 Tracker
Che successe? Dec. 22-28, 2019
Weekly round-up of news, events, and what’s going on (che successe) in the world of Italian film.