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Films in Italian

Agata and the Storm (2004) - When Agata, the popular bookshop proprietor and dispenser of sunny wisdom is suddenly wooed by a man almost half her age, her electricity hits high-voltage. Yet it is Agata's joy and magnetism in the face of life in all its irony that eventually offers the eye of the storm. DVD.

Amarcord (1973) - In this carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the Fascist period, Fellini satirizes his youth and turns daily life into a circus of adolescent desires, male fantasies, rituals, sensations, and emotions. DVD or VHS.

And the Ship Sails On (1984) - In July 1914 a luxury liner leaves Italy with the ashes of the famous opera singer Tetua. The boat is filled with her friends, opera singers, actors and all kinds of exotic people. Life is sweet the first days, but on the third day the captain has to save a large number of Serbian refugees from the sea, refugees who had escaped the first tremors of World War I. VHS.

L'Avventura (1960) - Story about the search for a girl lost on an island; gradually the searchers become preoccupied with their own problems, and the girl is never found. DVD or VHS.

The Best of Youth (2003) - Divided by politics but bonded by blood, Italian brothers Nicola and Matteo find their paths intersecting through some of the most tumultuous events in recent history. DVD.

The Bicycle Thief (1948) - Simple story of an unemployed man and his family living in war devastated Rome. The father finds a job pasting up posters and signs, work requiring a bicycle on which to get around. When his bicycle is stolen the father and his son are forced to steal one in desperation and are caught. DVD.

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) - An American writer in Italy becomes an amateur sleuth when he witnesses a failed attempt by a serial killer to take the life of the wife of a wealthy gallery owner. DVD.

Big Deal on Madonna Street (1960) - Five men conspire to burglarize 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. VHS.

Bitter Rice (1948) - Francesca and Walter are two-bit criminals in Northern Italy and in an effort to avoid the police, Francesca joins a group of women rice workers. She meets the voluptuous peasant rice worker, Silvana, and the soon-to-be discharged soldier, Marco. Walter follows her to the rice fields, and the four characters become involved in a complex plot involving robbery, love, and murder. VHS.

Bread and Chocolate (1973) - A comic but poignant portrait of an Italian immigrant working odd jobs in prosperous Switzerland and trying desperately to fit in. Though his work becomes increasingly degrading, he tenaciously refuses to give up and go home. This hapless Everyman is eternally rejected yet ever-hopeful. DVD or VHS.

Bread and Tulips (2000) - When a harried housewife is accidentally left behind while on vacation with her family, she decides to take a holiday of her own in Venice. She becomes charmed by the city and her newfound freedom. She decides to extend her stay, finding a job in a flower shop, renting a room from a wistful waiter, and rediscovers her love for playing the accordion. But her solo journey does not sit well with her tyrannical husband, who hires an amateur detective to bring her back home. DVD and VHS.

But Forever in My Mind (2001) - Silvio makes the mistake of telling his gossipy best friend Ponzi that he kissed the school's prettiest girl, who has a very jealous boyfriend. By the end of the day the entire school knows about the kiss, including one very angry boyfriend. DVD.

The Children are Watching Us (1944) - A four-year-old boy is trapped in a loveless family with his suicidal father and his adulteress mother. DVD.

Cinema Paradiso (1990) - A young boy in a small Italian village is befriended by the projectionist at the movie theater, the Cinema Paradiso. As the boy grows up, he learns to love films, and is encouraged by his good friend to pursue his dream of one day making movies. DVD or VHS.

La Dolce Vita (1960) - A journalist ventures into the decadent society of modern Rome and finds that his values are being destroyed, leaving him totally disillusioned. DVD or VHS.

The Earth Will Tremble (1948) - Sicilian villagers plot to overthrow the tyranny of wholesalers depriving them of a decent living. DVD.

Everybody's Fine (1990) - A retired Sicilian bureaucrat who has seen the best and the brightest - including his own five children - leave his island for success on the Italian mainland is determined to reunite the family. He travels to Italy to surprise his children but is forced to realize that his children are hiding a wrenching family secret. VHS.

Farinelli (1995) - The true story of a world famous castrato in the 18th century is told. With charisma, talent, drive and success, Farinelli had everything: money, talent, fame, women, and the voice of an angel. He becomes obsessed with earning the respect of his brother's rival, the composer Handel. DVD.

Fellini Satyricon (1968) - An adaptation of the Petronius classic recreating the bawdy and lecherous days of Nero's reign in ancient Rome. It is also an allegorical satire of the self-indulgence of modern history. DVD or VHS.

Fiorile (1993) - The Benedetti family has been haunted by a curse for generations. On a long drive to visit their grandfather, Luigi Benedetti tells his children the mysterious and magical story of their ancestors. VHS.

His Secret Life (2002) - Antonia and her husband Massimo have been living a happily married existence for the better part of 10 years when a sudden and tragic accident kills Massimo. Barely able to survive her grief Antonia discovers that her beloved Massimo has been carrying a secret life for a good many years. DVD.

The Icicle Thief (1989) - Satiric fantasy that blasts television by mingling the hyper reality of commercials with a bleak vintage drama. VHS.

I'm Not Scared (2003) - While playing outside one day in a wheat field, nine-year-old Michele discovers Filippo, who is chained to the ground at the bottom of a hole. Michele witnesses town bad boy Felice nearby and suspects something bad is happening. Michele is unsure whom he should tell about his discovery, eventually spilling the tale to his closest friend. When Michele's parents learn of his discovery, they warn him to forget whatever he saw. DVD.

Intervista (1987) - Japanese film crew interviews Fellini about his career as he films the memories of his life as a young journalist walking into his beloved studio Cinecitta for the first time.

Juliet of the Spirits (1965) - A journey into a world where sex and fantasy have no boundaries. VHS.

Line of Fire (2002) - Enzo Monteleone's incredibly powerful film recounts one of the epic battles of WWII, in which the Italian army, fighting alongside the Germans, sought to drive the Allied forces from North Africa.

Love and Anarchy (1973) - Tells the story of a shy country peasant who goes to the city with a plan to assassinate Benito Mussolini. Shows how his underground contact in the network of anarchists offers him a hideout in her brothel where he meets a young prostitute and falls in love. DVD or VHS.

Love and Anger (1969) - Collection of 5 short linked stories of love, anger and indifference at the end of the 20th century. DVD.

Nights of Cabiria (1957) - 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. VHS.

The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982) - Depicts the final days of World War II in Italy, seen mostly through the eyes of a six-year-old girl. It is a mythic recollection by the protagonist of life on the run when a group of Italian villagers flee from brutal Nazi occupiers in the summer of 1944. DVD.

Paisan (1946) - Six stories dealing with Italian and American soldiers meeting under battle conditions during World War II. VHS.

Partner (1968) - A repressed young student concocts a radical alter ego for himself.

Il Postino (1995) - The postman, Mario, enlists the aid of the poet Pablo Neruda to conquer the heart of the beautiful Beatrice. DVD.

Primo Amore (2004) - Vittorio is looking for his ideal woman. He meets Sonia, a sweet pleasant, intelligent girl. A goldsmith by trade, Vittorio is obsessed with the desire to shape Sonia's body and mind as he shapes gold with fire. DVD.

Remember Me, My Love (2003) - With his passions reawakened by a long lost love, Carlo's affair threatens to tear apart his entire family. Unfullfilled desires and ambitions which have worn each of them down now resurface when a crisis makes them realize the importance of family. DVD.

Roma (1972) - A film adaptation of Federico Fellini's reminiscences of Rome before World War II, as compared to the present as it was when the film was originally produced. DVD or VHS.

The Seduction of Mimi (1972) - Mimi, a Sicilian laborer, refuses to vote for the Mafia's candidate and consequently loses his job, his wife, and his home. His efforts to defend his honor produce complex comical results. VHS or DVD.

The Son's Room (2002) - A family struggles to go on after a devastating loss. Giovanni is a psychiatrist with a successful practice. He has a warm relationship with his wife, Paola, and they have a daughter, Irene, and a son, Andrea. The family's calm is shattered when Andrea is unexpectedly killed in an accident. DVD.

La Strada (1954) - Directed by Federico Fellini, the story of a fragile girl who falls in love with a brutal circus performer she was sold to by her mother. DVD or VHS.

Swept Away (1975) - A wealthy upperclass capitalist and a working-class deckhand on her yacht are marooned on an uninhabited island for several weeks. The woman becomes totally dependent on the man for survival, falls in love with him, and the two temporarily reverse their roles. VHS.

Two Women (1960) - Realistic drama of an Italian widow who, along with her young daughter, are brutally raped by Allied soldiers in World War II. DVD.

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