We deep-dive into this modern classic, including the cultural context of its northern Italian setting, how art and music contribute to the greater narrative, and how language and identity play a key role in this coming-of-age love story.
On this episode, we’re discussing Luchino Visconti’s Death in Venice (1971) with special guest and Visconti aficionado Jon Laubinger (Film Baby… Read more Episode #02: Death in Venice
As lumpy as its parts may be, the whole of Carosello Napoletano is a colorful, thought-provoking, and touching look at the eternal spirit of Naples.
The novel Call Me By Your Name is a deliberately paced, murky tread through memory. It condensates events and conversations… Read more Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Pasolini takes us to the outskirts of life and challenges our assumptions in the moving and intelligent Mamma Roma. Almost a… Read more Mamma Roma (1962)
Le Notti Bianche, or White Nights, is a dark yet passionate film about love, loneliness, and sacrifice. A young man and… Read more Le Notti Bianche (1957)
Stromboli, terra di dio is the moody, deliberate character study of a desperate yet stubborn woman, played to perfection by Ingrid… Read more Stromboli, terra di dio (1950)
Actually the first film I’ve ever seen by Roberto Rossellini, The Flowers of St. Francis is the sweet biopic of sorts… Read more The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)
The impressive third film by Federico Fellini, I vitelloni, is one of his most accessible because it has less typical Fellini-esque… Read more I vitelloni (1953)
Mafioso is a prime example of the commedia all’italiana as a complex film blurring the lines between comedy and drama. For the… Read more Mafioso (1962)