Vittorio De Sica explores Italian romance past, present, and future in his award-winning film starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.
A struggling family of bee farmers get the chance to represent their way of life on a TV competition show.
Ingrid Bergman experiences the land of God in Roberto Rossellini’s 1950 film.
Luchino Visconti’s second film follows a Sicilian fishing family who strives to rise up out of poverty, but face hardships at every turn.
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.
“The Hand of God” is a semi-autobiographical tale a young man in Naples whose life is transformed when a terrible tragedy pushes him from an idyllic childhood to somber adulthood.
This sprawling work examines Roman high society, as well as broader themes of artistry, beauty, and experiences both individual and collective.
Discussing two tales of young men, directionless and in limbo, and exploring their thematic similarities & differences.
Discussing this example of “pink neorealism” as well as its themes of class, regionalism, and more.
“Luca” has rich overtones of a coming out story dealing with identity and acceptance, as well as numerous references to Italian culture, music, and more cinema italiano.