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  • Italian Nights

    Italian Nights

    ★★★★

    Hired to estimate land in an area of the Po river delta, an honest lawyer accidentally uncovers illegal methane extraction threatening the idro-geological stability of the zone. At a first glance this is a lighthearted glocal comedy with noir overtones, but "Notte Italiana" has a moral stance that allows it to offer a nonjudgmental, worried depiction of modern Italy's widespread complicity with corruption, a few years prior to the Mani pulite nationwide investigation. When first released, this film marked the debut of director/writer Mazzacurati and, just as importantly, of Nanni Moretti as a producer.

  • Bar Giuseppe

    Bar Giuseppe

    ★★★

    Recently widowed owner of a bar becomes involved with the young African immigrant he has hired as a waitress/bartender. That's all you should know about the film prior to watching it (so stop reading here if you are planning to): it begins as yet another depiction of the uneasy racial interaction in Italy, then it slowly morphs into an updated retelling of the Nativity. The clues director/writer Base offers are not always subtle (the girl's name is revealed early to…

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  • We All Loved Each Other So Much

    We All Loved Each Other So Much

    ★★★★★

    Three war-time friends, and the girl they all fall for, live through 30 years of Italian history. Originally designed as a homage to Neorealism, a film that grew into a masterful compendium of Italian Comedy. Scola and co-writers Age and Scarpelli pack more ideas into it than most filmmakers produce in a lifetime and yet the film unfolds naturally combining sheer emotion with an accurate (and, to this day, unsurpassed) map of the way the social texture of Italy evolved after WWII. Stellar cast has never been greater. A cornerstone.

  • Psycho

    Psycho

    ★★★½

    (Originally posted on it.arti.cinema) In Italian

    Una delle infinite manifestazioni di quella perversione tollerata che chiamiamo cinefilia è il Vampirismo della Prima Visione, quello che ci porta a mostrare un film che conosciamo bene a un amico che non l'ha mai visto: in questo modo è possibile godere di riflesso della sua verginità di spettatore, condividerne le emozioni della prima volta; e si può farlo -gia' conoscendo il film- dalla posizione di vantaggio di chi queste emozioni è in grado…