Italian films

What are your favorite Italian movies?
Italian films had a vibe like no other, from the beautiful sets and soundtracks to the dreamy ADR'd dialogue because nobody on set was speaking the same language.

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    many wars ago is the movie i plan to watch next
    1970, ww1 alpine front, guys wearing armor

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Sounds interesting, hope you enjoy it. I like the poster.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >alain CUNY

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Watch Elio Petri's movies, they were very good although very imbued in the political context of the time

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Elio Petri
      I actually already have A Quiet Place in the Country in my watchlist, I'll definitely check it out sometime.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        the trilogy he made right after that is considered his main output (not a real trilogy but there's a thematic thread). todo modo is also interesting but it will definitely be too cryptic if you don't know what the context at the time was
        on a side note, watch stuff made by mario monicelli and lina wertmüller

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Thank you for the recs, anon. Todo Modo does seem like it would be a bit confusing if I didn't read up on the situation in Italy at the time first.
          I'll rec a movie if you haven't seen it, What Have They Done to Your Daughters/La polizia chiede aiuto. A giallo/poliziotteschi hybrid film, with a plot and ending that are still very topical. I'll put more details in a spoiler if you like going in blind
          At first the characters think they're following a serial killer like most gialli, but it's actually a ring of elite pedophiles.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            thanks, I'll check it out. if you want more contemporary movies, sorrentino is an obvious choice, garrone is also very good. maccio capatonda's movie are very funny imo but he has a very weird sense of humor so be warned
            back to old stuff, watch the first two Fantozzi movies (anything past that is hit and miss, the one where he retires is worth watching)
            if you want to get half of the inside jokes italian people use everyday, watch tre uomini e una gamba. the two movies this trio made after this one are also worth watching too

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              [...]
              forgot to mention, watch some nanni moretti too. great entry points are la messa è finita and la stanza del figlio. the first one is very funny and the second one very sad

              I've got a lot of stuff to look into, thanks anon. After doing some quick searches, I'm interested in the Fantozzi movies. I've been wanting to watch more old comedies.
              If you enjoy What Have They Done to Your Daughters I'd highly recommend the director's other giallo film What Have You Done to Solange/Cosa avete fatto a Solange. Another great gialli, the director Massimo Dallamano was gonna do a giallo trilogy but sadly he passed away before he could do the third one.

              Can someone recommend me some nice mystery movies?

              If gialli counts then Italians are the kings of mysteries, though tbh the actual mysteries in the films usually aren't fantastic. It's more about making the investigation enjoyable than the actual mystery. The movie I rec'd the other anon, What Have You Done to Solange, actually has an engaging and well-written mystery plot so watch that if you've never seen it. The director's other movie is good as well

              Thank you for the recs, anon. Todo Modo does seem like it would be a bit confusing if I didn't read up on the situation in Italy at the time first.
              I'll rec a movie if you haven't seen it, What Have They Done to Your Daughters/La polizia chiede aiuto. A giallo/poliziotteschi hybrid film, with a plot and ending that are still very topical. I'll put more details in a spoiler if you like going in blind
              At first the characters think they're following a serial killer like most gialli, but it's actually a ring of elite pedophiles.

              [...]
              I tried watching this awhile ago but didn't care for it. Should I give it another try?

              Give it another try if you like Italian horror. I think it's great personally. There's something magical about Italians shooting a movie in the actual rainforest, the vibe is unmatched.
              It's also an influential/ahead of its time movie, it paved the way for the found footage style of horror.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              italian here.
              Watch Er monezza also.
              Great comedy.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              blessed post

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            thanks, I'll check it out. if you want more contemporary movies, sorrentino is an obvious choice, garrone is also very good. maccio capatonda's movie are very funny imo but he has a very weird sense of humor so be warned
            back to old stuff, watch the first two Fantozzi movies (anything past that is hit and miss, the one where he retires is worth watching)
            if you want to get half of the inside jokes italian people use everyday, watch tre uomini e una gamba. the two movies this trio made after this one are also worth watching too

            forgot to mention, watch some nanni moretti too. great entry points are la messa è finita and la stanza del figlio. the first one is very funny and the second one very sad

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Zombi 2
    The Beyond

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Will probably sound like a boringly pseud answer, but I love 8 1/2 and can watch it practically forever on repeat.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous
    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Gets hate for being too graphic but Cannibal Holocaust is a great film, one of the best Italian horror movies.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I tried watching this awhile ago but didn't care for it. Should I give it another try?

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Man with no name trilogy

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Big deal on madonna street, Rome open city, Il Sorpasso, Gomorrah 2008, The conformist, Padre Padrone, Death in venice. After Il Bidone + Visconti's ornate stuff, Scorsese/Coppola just don't seem that ~essential:PP

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Can someone recommend me some nice mystery movies?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The Possessed

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Pic, if it counts, Journey To Italy if not.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Susperia 1977 is underrated

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      if anything it's overrated. any boomer loves it and it's mentioned in every single horror thread. I find it fine but it's very flawed

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It's impossible for Suspiria to be overrated in a world full of Gen Z and Gen Alpha that won't even watch anything before the year 2000.
        I can't think of any real flaws for Suspiria imo besides maybe Suzy not getting enough characterization, but I think Jessica Harper's performance was good enough that Suzy still ends up being likeable.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >It's impossible for Suspiria to be overrated in a world full of Gen Z and Gen Alpha that won't even watch anything before the year 2000.
          it's probably the most famous italian horror ever together with cannibal holocaust, anyone with an interest in the genre knows about it

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Knows about it isn't the same as watching it. If you Google just "Suspiria" the remake comes up.
            I wouldn't say it's really underrated either, except for younger generations where literally every 70s movie is underrated because they don't care about them anymore.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I'm Gen Z and I've seen more italian horror films than anyone ITT

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I'm also Gen Z, which is why I know most of them don't give a shit about Italian horror.
            Suspiria and Cannibal Holocaust are definitely seen as less major parts of the "horror canon" than they were when Millennials and Gen X were in charge.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >when Millennials and Gen X were in charge
              Charge of what? Where did they go?

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >Charge of what?
                Movie discussion
                >Where did they go?
                Lost relevance to zoomers and the quickly growing teenage Gen Alpha.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I've actually so far refused to watch the new one due to my respect for the original and the fricking presumptuous of trying to remake it

      Looks like some "empowered" witchy bullshit too

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I like the remake. they are very different movies in basically any aspect save for the premise. give it a shot and don't compare it too much to the original

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      One of my favorite films ever, watching it for the first time changed the way I looked at movies. Might've been the moment I changed from a more normalgay movie viewer that watched for the plot to somebody who cares more about atmosphere and aesthetics.
      I love that Suspiria uses a simple fairy tale-esque plot to emphasize the fantastical dreamlike vibe. I haven't seen another movie that did it quite as well as Suspiria did, not even Inferno (which I still liked.)

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Lol no it isn't, it's one of the most famous horror films of all time.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Almost fell asleep watching it. I don't get it. That goes for most of Argento's films. And most gialli.

      Anyway, here's Demoni.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        And I love Suspiria but didn't love Demons as much as I was expecting. Definitely enjoyable but it didn't crack my top Italian horror movies.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >underrated
      It is literally the most well-known Italian genre film of all-time.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      No it's properly rated

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    pier paolo pasolini was the subversive sexual deviant who made salo, but his other movies look interesting too
    he has the trilogy of life that look very interesting absurd period piece stories (his other 70s films)
    decameron
    cantebury tales
    arabian nights

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      decameron is indeed kino. I suggest Il Bell'Antonio, he wrote the script for it.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    70s Italian films are a grim reminder to me that digital cameras will never be kino. They will never be able to capture images the way genuine film stock does. That simple beauty will probably never exist again.

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm not really fond of italian cinema but I think of all the things I've watched I liked amarcord most

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Italian silent films can be pretty kino if you're into the REALLY old shit
    >L'inferno (1911)
    >Cabiria (1914)
    >Filibus (1915)
    >Satan's Rhapsody (1917)

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Zombie (1979)
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080057/

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      *fights a shark while doing capoeira*

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The only kino sequence in the film and it wasn't even directed by Fulci. What a hack.

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Paisan (1946)
    Roma città aperta (1945)
    La Grande Bellezza (2013)
    Salò e le 120 giornate di Sodoma (1975)
    Mediterraneo (1991)
    Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (1970)
    These are the ones that I personally like the most
    There are also many comedies that might not be "technically" important, but are fun and give you a good insight into Italian culture, like:
    every movie with Alberto Sordi
    Fratelli d'Italia (1985)
    Bianco, Rosso e Verdone (1981)
    > t. Italian

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Fellini is my favorite director and to this day one of the only directors I've watched every movie from.

  18. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    One of my favorite movies of all time is "investigation of a citizen above suspicion"

  19. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Onlu good italian movies are pornos the rest is unwatchable boring trash.

  20. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    sergio leone westerns, easy.

  21. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I am European and I have to tell you the absolute saddening degradation of Italian cinema. It used to be the best and most daring on the continent, not gay slop like French movies but it just lost it's way. All the big money producers moved on from films and the creatives are just fricking degenerates with no creativity who's biggest goal is to just be included in a Netflix catalogue. Grim.

  22. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The Godfather Pt2

  23. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055730
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077726
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117336
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0406754

  24. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Boring answer but I really like Argentos top films Deep Red, Suspiria, the animal trilogy and Tenebrae. I have them all on UHD and they are all a joy to watch.

  25. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto (swept away) 1974
    Man woman island yada yada
    And then if youre really bored you can watch the remake with Madonna Swept Away 2002

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