Based on the novel by Alessandro Manzoni. Originally produced as a motion picture in 1941. Set in the province of Milan in the 17th century, the wedding of a betrothed couple is interfered with by Don Rodrigo. The young couple, advised by Father Cristoforo, take refuge in Milan. Separated, they undego tumult, plague, and rape, although justice triumphs.
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.
Based on the novel by Giuseppe Tommasi de Lampedusa. Originally released as a motion picture in 1963. A historical drama set in 1860 about a Sicilian prince who recognizes the crumbling of the aristocracy and meets the changing scene and the rise of the middle class with pride.
Adapted from the 1946 play Filumena Marturano by Eduardo De Filippo. Originally released as a motion picture 1964. 1965 David di Donatello Awards for Best Film. A spicy tale of Sophia Loren's efforts to get her long-time love Marcello Mastroianni to marry her, and stay her husband.
Based on the 1962 novel of the same title by Giorgio Bassani. Originally released as motion picture in 1970. Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 1972. This drama is set in Italy in 1938, when Mussolini's anti-Semitic edicts began to isolate the Jews from their communities. Among them were the Finzi-Continis, an aristocratic Jewish family forced for the first time to acknowledge the world beyond its fenced garden.
Based on the novel by Alberto Moravia. Originally produced as motion picture in 1970. David di Donatello Awards for Best Film, 1971. A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes to Paris to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.
Based on the autobiographical novel by Gavino Ledda. Originally released as a motion picture in 1977. The movie is the tale of a young, barely literate shepherd boy, who lives under the thumb of his tyrannical and brutal peasant father. Rescued from his family and his isolated lifestyle when called for military service, the boy eventually emerges as a brilliant scholar. "Palma d'oro e Premio della critica internazionale FIPRESCI al Festival internazionale del film Cannes, 1977".
Based on the book by Carlo Levi. Originally released as a motion picture in 1978. David di Donatello Awards for Best Film, 1979. An account of the two years Carlo Levi spent in a remote peasant region of Lucania in Southern Italy, where he was exiled in 1935 for his opposition to Mussolini's regime.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1986. Magic, drama, misery and hope permeate these five tales of Sicilian life adapted from stories by the great Italian writer Luigi Pirandello. A moving, poetic vision of peasant families struggling to survive amid the pull of the new world.
Based on the novel by Umberto Eco. Originally produced as a motion picture in 1986. Investigating the deaths of two monks, a visiting brother discovers a secret library containing rare books considered lost to the world and dangerous to the Catholic faith.
Based on Niccolò Ammaniti's successful 2001 Italian novel with the same name. The story is set during Italy's "Years of Lead", a time in the 1970s riddled with terrorism and kidnapping, and tells the story of a ten-year-old boy who discovers a terrible crime committed by the entire population of his southern Italian town. Originally released as a motion picture in 2003.
Based on the novel 'Il prigioniero' by Anna Laura Braghetti and Paolo Tavella. Originally released as a motion picture in 2003. The story of a young woman assumes a life of domesticity to conceal her true identity as a member of the Red Brigades, Italy's terrorist underground.
Based on the book 'Alfa Romeo 1300 and Other Miracles' by Fabio Bartolomei, this story delivers overwhelming optimism which will make you believe anything is possible and the fantastic cast resonate this positive message throughout.
Based on a book by real-life teacher Marco Lodoli, A smart, stylish and ultimately affectionate look at life in a modern day high school. With intersecting stories including a troubled teen romance, an idealistic teacher trying to help disillusioned students and a headmistress turned good Samaritan, director Giuseppe Piccioni presents the fable-like tales of schoolyard characters with both high expectations and some overwhelming despair.
Originally released as a film in 1963. Adapted from the autobiographical story by Father David Maria Turoldo, poet and essayist, and shot entirely in Coderno (Udine), his native country, with the residents as actors. during Italy’s economic boom and set in the 1930s, the post-neorealist Gli Ultimi stages the country’s struggle to reconcile traditional life with the prospect of progress.
An Italian novel written by the judge Giancarlo De Cataldo and inspired by the true story of the Banda della Magliana, a criminal gang which operated in Italy in Rome between the late 1970s and mid-1980s. The novel formed the basis for the movie of the same name (2005) directed by Michele Placido.
From the book "The Black Sheep" by Ascanio Celestini. Ascanio Celestini gets behind the camera to narrate the lives of those who have known the experience in the asylum. Memories and stories of those who lived in a mental hospital, a journey among the most fervid imagination and the reality of fears abominable insurmountable.