Call Number: CHIFLEY PN1997.A1 R635 2009 (3 DVD set + booklet)
Contents: [DVD 1]. Roma, città aperta (Rome open city) (1945 ; 103 min.) -- [DVD 2]. Paisà (Paisan) (1946 ; 126 min.) -- [DVD 3]. Germania anno zero (Deutschland im Jahre Null; Germany year zero) (1948 ; 73 min.)
Based on Giovanni Verga's 1881 novel "I Malavoglia". Originally released as a motion picture in 1948. In the small Sicilian village of Aci-Trezza, the fishermen live at the mercy of the greedy wholesalers. One family risks everything to buy their own boat and operate independently.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1949 by Berit Film. A Lithuanian refugee girl marries a poor Sicilian fisherman to escape internment in post-war Italy, but finds herself imprisoned by the primitive and rigidly traditional society when the couple moves to a desert island.
Awards: Golden Globe, 1950: Best foreign film. Academy Awards, 1950: Voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949. Story of an unemployed man and his son in war devastated Rome. The father finds a job pasting up posters, work requiring a bicycle to get around. The bicycle is stolen; panic stricken at being unable to recover his bicycle and at the prospect of losing his job, the father is compelled to steal a bicycle, only to be caught and humiliated in front of his son.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1952. Follow Umberto D., an elderly pensioner, as he struggles to make ends meet during Italy's postwar economic boom. Alone, except for his dog, Flike, Umberto strives to maintain his dignity while trying to survive in a city where traditional human kindness seems to have lost out to the forces of modernization.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1954. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampano, a brutal strongman in a traveling circus. When Zampano encounters an old rival, his fury is provoked into breaking point.
Originally produced as a film in 1954. Electronic reproduction by Alexander Street Press. This film offers an account of Bellini from his days as a student at the Naples conservatory through the premiere of Norma.
Originally released in Italy in 1958 as a motion picture. Five men conspire to burgle a small-time jeweler's safe. When the time comes to carry out the scheme, the men become hopelessly clumsy and have to eventually give up and go home.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1957. Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 1958. Cabiria, a simple-minded prostitute, searches Rome for true love. She is romanced and abandoned by men who exploit her. She endures even in the face of tragedy with the vain hope of finding marriage and happiness.