Italian Videos - last updated 8-25-14

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Death in Venice Director: Luchio Visconti
With Bogarde, Mark Burns, Bjorn Andresen, Silvana Mangano.
1971, 130 minutes, English.
Adapted Thomas Mann's story of a jaded, middle-aged German composer on holiday in Venice who spots a handsome young boy on the beach. His doomed obsession with the youth renews his interest in living.
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IT 014
Alpine Adventure 1994,120 minutes.
Discover heartbreaking beauty; heart pounding excitement, five glorious countries, every spectacular season, and not-to-be-missed celebrations - all on your Alpine Adventure.
Romantic France and Italy - The Olympic legacy of Chamonix ...the beautiful vineyards of the Savoie...elusive chamois and ibex...the bewitching spell of Italy's Lake District...mouth-watering fondue and gnocchi...the spectacular beauty of the Dolomites.
Splendid Switzerland - The ski runs at St. climbing and dog making real Swiss cheese...the bears of Bern..."All aboard!" the Glacier Express...alphorns and yodeling...handcrafted watches...the Matterhorn in all its glory.
Enchanting Austria and Germany - A stunning balloon ride over the Tyrol...marionettes performing Mozart in his hometown of Salzburg...Christmas Austrian style...raising steins at Munich's Oktoberfest...the fairy tale castles of "Mad" King Ludwig of Bavaria.
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MLGP 031
Art of the Italian Renaissance 1992 Studio Quart, about 30 minutes.
Masterpieces of the Hermitage - Museum of St. Petersburg.
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Bellissimo: Images of the Italian Cinema Director: Gianfranco Mingozzi.
1987, 110 minutes, English subtitles & English narration.
A panoramic view of the Italian cinema, spanning over 40 years, with film clips and interviews with some of the most influential artists of the Italian film industry, including Mastroianni, Fellini, Loren and many others. A must for any foreign film buff.
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IT 009
Bitter Rice Director: Guiseppe de Santis
with Silvana Magnano, Vittorio Gassman, Ralf Vallone, Doris Dowling, Lia Corelli.
1949, 96 minutes, Italian with English subtitles.
In the dreary rice fields of the Po Valley, a thief on the run meets a hard-working, beautiful girl. Magnano portraits the seductive rice worker who betrays her comrades in order to steal the thief's loot.
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IT 010
Cavalleria Rusticana with notes.
Pietro Mascagni.
Coro & Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano.
Direttore: Georges Prêtre
with Elena Obraztsova, Plácido Domingo, Fedora Barbieri, Renato Bruson, Axelle Gall.
A film by Franco Zeffirelli.
1982, 71 minutes, sung in Italian.
Story of peasant life in Sicily.
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IT 006
Cinema Paradiso

Director: Guiseppe Tornatore
with Philippe Noiret, Jaques Perrin, Antonella Attili, Pupella Maggio, Salvatore Cascio.
1989, 121 minutes, Italian with yellow English subtitles.
A charming, bittersweet tribute to the power of movies. It tells of a young boy in Sicily where he served as an apprentice to the projectionist at his small town's only movie theater. After 30 years of movie making he goes back and makes a secret, beautiful discovery.

2 copies. Copy 2 is DVD "Cinema Paradiso the New Version", Run Time: 174 minutes
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IT 001
Classical World of Greece and Rome, The 1992, Studio Quart, about 30 minutes.
Masterpieces of the Hermitage - Museum of St Petersburg.
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Da Vinci, Raphael and the High Italian Renaissance 1992, Studio Quart, about 30 minutes.
Masterpieces of the Hermitage - Museum of St. Petersburg
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Dante's Inferno Director: Peter Greenaway
with John Gielgud, Bob Peck, Joanne Whalley, Laurie Booth, Susan Wooldridge, Susan Crowley.
1993, 8 segments, 11 minutes each, color.
This ambitious program, produced by the award-winning film director Peter Greenaway and internationally-known artist Tom Phillips, brings to life the first eight cantos of Dante's Inferno. Featuring a cast that includes Sir John Gielgud as Virgil, the cantos are not conventionally dramatized. Instead, the feeling of Dante's poem is conveyed through juxtaposed imagery that conjures up a contemporary vision of hell, and its meaning is deciphered by eminent scholars in visual sidebars who interpret Dante's metaphors and symbolism.
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Decorative Arts of Italy, France and England 1992, Studio Quart, about 30 minutes.
Masterpieces of the Hermitage - Museum of St. Petersburg.
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Etruscans, The - with booklet.
1987, 31 minutes.
The mysterious Etruscans produced the first civilization on the Italian Peninsula. Beautiful tomb relics are now revealing the Etruscan story. Enhanced slide show on video. Two parts.
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Gold of Naples, The Director: Vittorio de Sica
with Sophia Loren, Vittorio de Sica, Toto, Silvana Magnano
1954, 107 minutes, Italian with English subtitles.
Four vignettes comprise this famous omnibus film set in the old section of Naples: The Racketeer is about a poor soul bullied by his wife and children. Pizza on Credit portrays the young wife of a pizza baker.
The Gambler deals with a husband of a rich wife who will not give him money to satisfy his gambling urge. Teresa shows a prostitute who is trapped into a marriage with a strange young gentleman.
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IT 011
Gospel According to St. Matthew, The Director: Paolo Pasolini.
1964, 135 minutes, B&W, Italian with English subtitles.
A totally original film version of the story of Jesus. Pasolini combines non-professional actors, magnificent Italian locales, and a stirring classical score for a moving and surprisingly reverent biographical drama.
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IT 007
History of Roman Civilization, A -with booklet.
Rome's early days as a republic, the Punic and Gallic Wars, the rise and fall of the empire, and all of the city's leaders are treated. See the Roman contribution to Western Civilization. Live action.
Part 1: The Roman Republic
14 minutes.
Part 2: The Roman English Empire
14 minutes.
Part 3: Along the Roads of Rome
10 minutes.
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La dolce vita Director: Federico Fellini
with Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Anita Ekberg, Luise Rainer.
1961, 174 minutes, English, Black & White.
A third-rate newspaperman who has made a career out of scandal mongering, ventures into the decadent, so-called "sweet life" of the dissolute denizens of high society in modern Rome. These wealthy, insensitive pleasure-seekers shock the reporter with bizarre, hedonistic activities that he eventually finds himself a part of. In the process he discovers that all of his values are being destroyed, leaving him totally disillusioned.
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IT 018 A/B
La vita e bella see: Life is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful Director: Roberto Benigni
with Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantanni, Guistino Durano.
1998, 110 minutes, English version.
In this extraordinary tale, Guido - a charming but bumbling waiter who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor - has won the heart of the woman he loves and created a beautiful life for his young family, but then, that life is threatened by World War II ... and Guido must rely on those very same strengths to save his beloved wife and son from an unthinkable fate!
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IT 019
Mediterraneo Director: Gabriele Salvatores
with Diego Abatantuono, Claudio Bigagli, Guiseppe Cederna, Claudio Bisio, and others.
1991, 90 minutes, Italian with yellow English subtitles.
A squadron of misfit Italian soldiers in WW II is charged with securing a tiny Greek island. Once there, the men are forgotten by their superiors and embark on a 3-year vacation, ignoring the war and befriending the island's inhabitants.
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IT 008
New Directions in Technology Solutions for Language Learning and Teaching
Heinle & Heile Publishers
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Night of the Shooting Stars, The Director: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
with Omero Antonutti, Margarita Lozano, Claudia Bigagli, Massimo Bonetti, Norma Martelli and others.
1983, 107 minutes, Italian with English subtitles.
During the final days of WW II, a small town in Italy finds itself divided by two factions of people - those who seek freedom and those who distrust the Allied liberators, mostly seen through the eyes of a six year-old girl.
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IT 012
Notes for an African Orestes Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini.
1970, 75 minutes, B&W.
The Greek tale of Orestes inspired this metaphorical film, in which Pasolini - through the lens of mythology - views post-colonial African history.
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IT 013
Oedipus Rex Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini with
Franco Citti, Silvana Mangano, Alida Valli.
1967, 110 minutes, Italian with English subtitles.
A dark and riveting retelling of the classic Greek tragedy "Oedipus Rex". Unknown to himself, Oedipus kills his father and marries his mother. When the truth is discovered, he puts out his eyes and Oedipus wanders the streets , a common blind beggar, until his daughter, Antigone, found him.
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IT 015
Pompeii with Study Questions in video cover.
1991, 44 minutes.
Resurrected from the ashes of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii is a major source of Roman mosaics, murals, statues, and architecture. This award-winning program covers the burial and rediscovery of the city. Live action.
Part 1: Destroyed
Part 2: Revealed
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Rigoletto Wiener Philharmoniker.
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
Luciano Pavarotti, Ingvar Wixell, Edita Gruberova, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Victoria Vergara.
1983, 116 minutes, Italian with English subtitles.
Filmed on location in Northern Italy, Verdi's tragic telling of a father's obsessive loves takes on real-life dimensions in this version. Pavarotti is the cruel duke and gruberova is Gilda.
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IT 017
Rome: The Eternal City 1984 55 minutes.
The ruins of ancient Rome are just a starting point for a tour of one of the world's great cities. Rome has been an inspiring city for centuries. Live action.
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Scola Scola
7 minutes.
Creighton University.
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Trajan's Column 1989, 50 minutes.
Discusses the political and art history of the monument. The camera pans over the column and illustrates in minute detail the daily social life of Romans and their barbaric opponents; it offers unparalleled information about road and bridge building, and gives an irreplaceable insight into Roman military struggles at the borders of the English Empire.
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Galileo IT 020
Dante's Inferno This program brings to life the first eight cantos of Dante's Inferno. Featuring a cast that includes Sir John Gielgud as Virgil, the cantos are not conventionally dramatized. Instead, the feeling of Dante's poem is conveyed through juxtaposed imagery that conjures up a contemporary vision of hell, and its meaning is deciphered by eminent scholars in visual sidebars who interpret Dante's metaphors and symbolism. IT 022 VHS and DVD
Italia Contemporanea: Conversations with Native Speakers 2001 Ceil Lucas
This exciting, authentic video will enhance any Italian class or laboratory program. It consists of interviews with ordinary people speaking Italian - among them a farmer, a mechanic, a neurologist, a journalist, a nurse, and a secretary. Each interview focuses on aspects of everyday life: work, housing, soccer, poetry, the role of women in Italian society, politics, the use of language, and many other lively topics. Natural and unscripted, the interviews showcase a variety of accents, including Roman, Florentine, and Milanese.
Designed for use with students at almost any level, Italia Contemporanea is ideal for improving listening and comprehension skills. The video is accompanied by a workbook that includes complete transcripts of each interview, notes about vocabulary and usage, and questions about the content of the interviews, as well as questions relating to the student's own experience.
IT 024
A Special Day (Una Giornata particolare) 1977. 105 minutes. Dubbed in English
Director: Ettore Scola
Cast: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon, Françoise Berd, Patrizia Basso, Tiziano De Persio, Maurizio Di Paolantonio, Antonio Garibaldi, Vittorio Guerrieri, Alessandra Mussolini, Nicole Magny
Two of Italy's greatest film stars, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, are united in this special film about two special people. The day is May 8, 1939, the day of a huge rally celebrating Hitler's visit to Rome which underscored the infamous alliance between the Nazis and Mussolini's fascist regime. But this serves only as a background to the story on which the film focuses: a somewhat different alliance transpiring this same day. In this brief encounter, an intimate drama unfolds between two unlikely people, Antonietta (Sophie Loren), a worn out and weary housewife, and Gabriele (Marcello Mastroianni), a former radio announcer. An accidental meeting brings them together for almost two hours of comic and touching confidences, arguments and self-searching.

This beautifully crafted movie features archival footage of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini for an extra sense of realism.

IT 025
Il Postino (The Postman) VHS, 108 minutes Italian with English subtitles

Romantic comedy that delivers heartfelt laughs! Mario is a bumbling mailman who's madly in love with the most beautiful woman in town.. and who's too shy to tell her how he feels. But when a world-famous poet - Pablo Neruda - unexpectedly moves into town, Mario is inspired. With Neruda's help, he finds the right words to win the woman's heart! This unforgettably funny comedy proves that passion.. with some artful deception.. can win the most improbable love!
IT 026
Paisan 1946 run time 115 minutes black and white English and Italian with English subtitles

Director: Roberto Rossellini
Actors: Carmela Sazio, Robert Van Loon, Benjamin Emanuel, Raymond Campbell, Harold Wagner

A milestone of Italian neo-realism, Paisan consists of six episodes depicting the Resistance struggle and Allied liberation of Italy at the close of World War II. Using a cast of largely non-professional actors, director Roberto Rosellini has created a masterpiece that lingers in the memory.
The stories center mostly on small encounters between the Italian people and their liberators: a Sicilian woman is murdered for warning an American patrol of nearby Germans; a drunken GI has his shoes stolen and stumbles upon the children of Naples living in squalor; a girl from Rome, innocent at the time of liberation, becomes a prostitute.

VHS tape
IT 027
Divorce Italian Style 1962 run time: 104 minutes black & white language:Italian with optional English subtitles DVD

Director: Pietro Germi
Actors: Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocca, Stefania Sandrelli, Leopoldo Trieste, Odoardo Spadaro

Baron Ferdinando Cefalù (Marcello Mastroianni) longs to marry his nubile cousin Angela, but one obstacle stands in his way: his fatuous and fawning wife, Rosalia. His solution? Since divorce is illegal, he will devise a scenario wherein he can catch his spouse in the arms of another and murder her to save his honor-a lesser offense. Criterion is proud to present director Pietro Germi's hilarious and cutting satire of Italy's hypocritical judicial system and male-dominated culture, winner of the 1962 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, in a two-disc DVD edition that also features a documentary on the director, new interviews with the actors and screenwriter, screen-test footage, and more.
IT 028
Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi (Opera in four parts) 1988 Run Time: 132 minutes Italian optional English subtitles

Actors: Eva Marton, Dolora Zajick, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, Jeffrey Wells

conducted by James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera
IT 029
Christ Stopped at Eboli

1979 Run Time: 145 minutes Italian optional English subtitles - DVD

Director: Francesco Rosi
Actors: Gian Maria Volonté, Paolo Bonacelli, Alain Cuny, Lea Massari, Irene Papas

In CHRIST STOPPED AT EBOLI, director Francesco Rosi’s stunning adaptation of Carlo Levi’s novel, Gian Maria Volonte (FISTFUL OF DOLLARS; FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE) stars as Levi, one of many intellectuals exiled by the Fascist government during World War II. Banished to Gagliano, an ancient mountain village in southern Italy, Volonte discovers the stark beauty of the landscape as well as the resilience of the peasants, who have lived there for generations.

The legendary Irene Papas (ERENDIRA; Z; CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN) costars as the earthy Giulia, a housekeeper who teaches the sophisticated writer about the dignity of people who live close to the land.

Francesco Rosi (THREE BROTHERS; SALVATORE GIULIANO) offers an authentic but moving story against a historical backdrop, stunningly photographed in rich detail.

IT 030
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis 1971 Run Time: 94 minutes Italian with English subtitles DVD

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Actors: Dominique Sanda, Lino Capolicchio, Helmut Berger, Fabio Testi, Romolo Valli

Amid the ravages of WWII, the Finzi-Continis, a cultured Jewish family, languish in aristocratic splendor on their Eden-like estate in Ferrara, Italy. As the political atmosphere becomes increasingly hostile to its Jewish citizens, the handsome and carefree Finzi-Contini children Micol (Dominique Sanda) and Alberto (Helmut Berger) turn their well-appointed home into a refuge for their young friends. In an atmosphere of emotional instability, they play out a series of heartbreaking romantic rituals which spiral into tragedy as Fascism gradually descends upon their world.

IT 031
Io, Don Giovanni ( I, Don Giovanni )

2009 Run Time: 122 minutes Language: Italian Subtitles: English DVD - Region 2 PAL format disk - use special DVD player

Actors: Franco Interlenghi, Lorenzo Balducci, Lino Guanciale, Emilia Verginelli, Tobias Moretti
Director: Carlos Saura


IT 032

The Leopard

(Il Gattopardo)

1963; Run Time: 185 minutes; Language: Italian; Subtitles: English; DVD

Director: Luchino Visconti
Actors: Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli

Special Editon three-disc set

disk one - original, disk two - supplements, disk three - "The American version"

The Leopard is an epic on the grandest possible scale. The film recreates, with nostalgia, drama, and opulence, the tumultuous years of Italy's Risorgimento - when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy. Burt Lancaster stars as the aging prince watching his culture and fortune wane in the face of a new generation, represented by his upstart nephew (Alain Delon) and his beautiful fiancée (Claudia Cardinale). Awarded the Palme d'Or at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, The Leopard translates Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel, and the history it recounts, into a truly cinematic masterpiece. The film is presented in two distinct versions: Visconti's original Italian version, and the alternate English-language version released in America in a newly restored special edition.

IT 033

Run Time: 188 minutes; Language: Italian; Subtitles: English; DVD 3 copies

Directors: Vittorio Taviani andPaolo Taviani
Actors: Claudio Bigagli, Massimo Bonetti, Enrica Maria Modugno, Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia

Magic, drama, misery and hope are given life in five tales adapted from Luigi Pirandello's Novelle per un anno ("The Other Son," "Moonsickness," "The Jar," "Requiem" and "The Crow of Mizzaro"). With a strong, poetic vision of Sicilian life, the Tavianis imbue this epic masterpiece with a serene, sympathetic revelation of mankind that transcends the boundaries of time.

IT 034