The Witches (Le streghe) (1967)

MAURO BOLOGNINI, VITTORIO DE SICA, PIER PAOLO PASOLINI, FRANCO ROSSI, LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Italy/France, 1967.  Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica, Les Productions Artistes Associes.  Story and screenplay “La Strega Bruciata Viva” by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, collaboration with Cesare Zavattini, Story and screenplay “Senso Civico” and “La Siciliana” by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Bernardino Zapponi, … More The Witches (Le streghe) (1967)

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Ossessione (1943)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Italy, 1943.  Industrie Cinematografiche Italiane.  Screenplay by Luchino Visconti, Mario Alicata, Giuseppe De Santis, Gianni Puccini, based on the novel The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain.  Cinematography by Domenico Scala, Aldo Tonti.  Produced by Libero Solaroli.  Music by Giuseppe Rosati.  Production Design by Gino Franzi.  Costume Design by Maria De Matteis.  Film Editing … More Ossessione (1943)

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Senso (1954)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Italy, 1954.  Lux Film.  Story and Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Luchino Visconti, with the collaboration of Carlo Alianello, Giorgio Bassani, Giorgio Prosperi, and dialogue collaboration by Tennessee Williams, Paul Bowles, based on the novel by Camillo Boito.  Cinematography by G.R. Aldo, Robert Krasker.  Produced by Domenico Forges Davanzati.  Production Design by Ottavio … More Senso (1954)

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Baron Blood (Gli orrori del castello di Norimberga)

MARIO BAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Italy/West Germany, 1972.  Euro America Produzioni Cinematografiche, Dieter Geissler Filmproduktion.  Story and Screenplay by Vincent Fotre, adapted for the screen by William A. Bairn.  Cinematography by Mario Bava.  Produced by Alfredo Leone.  Music by Les Baxter, Stelvio Cipriani.  Production Design by Enzo Bulgarelli.  Film Editing by Carlo Reali.   Antonio Cantafora shows up in Austria … More Baron Blood (Gli orrori del castello di Norimberga)

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Facing Windows (La Finestra Di Fronte)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Another lovely melodrama from Ferzan Ospetek follows the equally affecting Ignorant Fairies.  Giovanna Mezzogiorno is excellent as an overworked wife and mother who works a full-time accounting job at a chicken factory five days a week, while her husband has trouble keeping down a regular job. One day while running a routine … More Facing Windows (La Finestra Di Fronte)

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Medea

BBBB (out of 5) Pier Paolo Pasolini’s last film in his cycle of myth-based films is possibly his strongest, featuring a stunning performance by Maria Callas in the lead. Pasolini uses his own original style of filmmaking and frustrating habit of ellipsis to tell the tale of the “Barbarian” princess whose love for the handsome … More Medea

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Teorema

BBB (out of 5) If an Italian movie that spends most of its time focusing on a young Terence Stamp‘s tightly-panted crotch is your idea of a good time, and it should be, go right ahead and rent this obscure but interesting film by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Stamp plays a mysterious guest who stays with … More Teorema

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