Category Archives: Italy

The Stranger – Luchino Visconti (1967)

“Beware the movie based on literature, or, in that showbiz term of art, a ‘literary property.’ Not because adaptations are an inferior form of cinema—I don’t believe that for a moment—but because they create an added layer of copyright issues … Continue reading

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I Fidanzati – Ermanno Olmi (1962)

“First the glimmering white and black images of Ermanno Olmi’s I Fidanzati light up the screen and warm your heart. Then they abruptly flicker out—like imagined fleeting glances of a love affair you can’t forget but couldn’t hold onto. In … Continue reading

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La Dolce Vita – Federico Fellini (1960)

“La Dolce Vita (Italian pronunciation: [la ˈdoltʃe ˈviːta]; Italian for ‘the sweet life’ or ‘the good life’) is a 1960 Italian drama film directed and co-written by Federico Fellini. The film follows Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni), a journalist writing for gossip … Continue reading

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The revolutionary challenge of “the long 1968”

Poster by OSPAAAL, the Cuban Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America. “In revolutionary moments, social realities that are hard to see in calmer periods rise to the surface as they are threatened, crumble, forced … Continue reading

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Luis Buñuel – Belle de Jour (1967)

“Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jour is 50 years old and back in UK cinemas with all its creamy elegance and scabrous humour intact. With co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière, Buñuel creates a secret theatre of erotic shame. The only thing that really … Continue reading

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Decolonizing society: the legacy of 1968

Student protesters in Paris, May ’68. “In 1964, students at the University of California at Berkeley staged a sit-in at Sproul Hall to protest campus restrictions on political activism. Shouting through his bullhorn, Mario Savio, the leader of the Free … Continue reading

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Hands over the City – Francesco Rosi (1963)

“In the 1960s, serious Italian cinema led by Fellini, Antonioni and Visconti moved decisively from neorealism into a new phase of more formal and personal movies with a wider social focus. Alongside them was Francesco Rosi, a former lawyer and … Continue reading

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