An all-girls school is shaken by the prospect of a beautiful cake – an extravagant, tempting indulgence in an era of rationing and sacrifice.
Category: Podcast: Cinema Italiano
#36: The 34th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival
Quick recap on the Italian films featured at the festival, including “Nostalgia” and “Freaks Out.”
#35: Martin Eden (Pietro Marcello, 2019)
Pietro Marcello brings Jack London’s Oakland-set novel to Naples in his innovative adaptation.
#34: Blood and Black Lace (Mario Bava, 1964)
A Roman fashion house is terrorized by a faceless killer in this endlessly stylish, thrilling midcentury mystery.
#33: I Am Love (Luca Guadagnino, 2009)
A married Russian-Italian mother finds a new passion for life when she meets a younger chef.
#32: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Vittorio De Sica, 1963)
Vittorio De Sica explores Italian romance past, present, and future in his award-winning film starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.
#31: The Wonders (Alice Rohrwacher, 2014)
A struggling family of bee farmers get the chance to represent their way of life on a TV competition show.
#30: Stromboli (Roberto Rossellini, 1950)
Ingrid Bergman experiences the land of God in Roberto Rossellini’s 1950 film.
#29: La terra trema (Luchino Visconti, 1948)
Luchino Visconti’s second film follows a Sicilian fishing family who strives to rise up out of poverty, but face hardships at every turn.
#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.