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Title: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on October 27, 2013, 12:46:16 PM
NYC viewers, the following Italian films are coming to our area (all in Italian w/ Eng. subs):

Oct. 31 MoMA Red Desert (4:30)
                     Lucky Luciano (7:00)

Nov. 1  MoMA Hands Over the City (5:00)
                     The Magliari (7:30)

Nov. 3  MoMA Hands Over the City (2:00)
                     Lucky Luciano (4:45)

Nov. 4 MoMA The Magliari (4:00)

Nov. 6, 7, 8 MoMA The Leopard (all at 1:00/ 184 min.)

Nov. 22 - 28 FilmForum Sandra (4K Restoration)

Jan. 8 - 16   FilmForum Il Sorpasso (DCP Restoration)

The last is a Dino Risi film, to be introduced by titoli himself! (OK, that last part is a lie. But I'm sure he'll be present in spirit).
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: titoli on October 27, 2013, 04:29:39 PM
Never had the guts to watch Sandra (of vourse they had to change the title, a verse from a Leopardi's poem. But as it sounds like a title apt for the grindhouse citcuit, I wonder if in USA the movie was distributed with added soft-core scenes).
Il sorpasso is by many (probably most) considered as THE greatest italian comedy ever. It isn't, in my opinion: but it is a great movie. I magliari is a minor Rosi effort, so is the biopic on Luciano. 
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on November 03, 2013, 11:54:40 AM
This doesn't look all that hot, maybe titoli can comment: http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=12502

Good or bad, since Janus has picked it up, it's certain to be a Criterion Blu-ray in 2014.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: titoli on November 04, 2013, 09:51:02 AM
This doesn't look all that hot, maybe titoli can comment:

Sorry, I can't.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on December 17, 2013, 06:37:57 AM
This doesn't look all that hot, maybe titoli can comment: http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=12502

Good or bad, since Janus has picked it up, it's certain to be a Criterion Blu-ray in 2014.
I called it. Out 25 March. Details:
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DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:
•New 2K digital transfer, approved by director Paolo Sorrentino, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
•Conversation between Sorrentino and Italian cultural critic Antonio Monda
•New interview with actor Toni Servillo
•New interview with screenwriter Umberto Contarello
•Deleted scenes
•Trailer
•New English subtitle translation
•One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
•PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Lopate
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on January 15, 2014, 04:26:18 PM

Jan. 8 - 16   FilmForum Il Sorpasso (DCP Restoration)
Missed this @ Film Forum . . . but my instincts were correct, because Criterion announced the Blu today (for release on 29 April). For the price of a film admission and a round trip ticket to Soho, I can have the film on disk with all these extras:

SPECIAL FEATURES

• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New interviews with screenwriter Ettore Scola and film scholar and professor Rémi Fournier Lanzoni
• Interview from 2004 with director Dino Risi by film critic Jean A. Gili
• Introduction by actor Jean-Louis Trintignant from a 1983 French television broadcast of the film
• A Beautiful Vacation, a 2006 documentary on Risi featuring interviews with the director and his collaborators and friends
• Excerpts from a 2012 documentary that returns to Castiglioncello, the location for the film’s beach scenes, featuring rare on-set color footage
• Trailer
• New English subtitle translation
• One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
• PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Phillip Lopate and Antonio Monda, as well as excerpts from Risi’s writings, with an introduction by film critic Valerio Caprara

Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on March 06, 2014, 11:02:22 AM
Sorrentino's first feature, L'uomo in più (2001) is playing next Monday at the Jacob Burns (one showing only). It was never released in the U.S. Does anybody know if it's worth seeing?
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on March 20, 2014, 03:19:43 PM
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Independent distributors Raro Video U.S. have revealed that they are planning to bring to Blu-ray acclaimed director Valerio Zurlini's Le Soldatesse a.k.a. The Camp Followers (1965), starring Anna Karina, Lea Massari, Marie Laforet, Tomas Milian, Mario Adorf, and Valeria Moriconi. The release is expected to arrive on the U.S. market later this year.

Synopsis: In WWII, Lieutenant Martino and his men are assigned to lead a group of prostitutes through the mountainous ways to serve in brothels for Italian soldiers in Albania.
Is this film any good? I've liked the three other Zurlini films I've seen, so I'd be willing to give this a shot. Sottotitoli, any comment?
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on April 18, 2014, 06:16:24 AM
The Criterion blu of Il Sorpasso gets all "5"s for technical specs at Blu-ray.com. These screencaps look good: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Il-Sorpasso-Blu-ray/94583/#Screenshots
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: titoli on April 18, 2014, 08:57:59 AM
I have both the italian (sold with a toy reproduction of the car used in the movie) and the french release (to have Trintignant - and Spaak  ?- dubbing themselves). They don't look much worse than the BR. Anyway a good thing this is finally available to english-speakers.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on May 12, 2014, 12:22:40 PM
Titanus retro due to screen at Locarno (6-16 August); program to be repeated in a number of cities, including NYC at Lincoln Center (I'm guessing this fall). Details are sparse, but here's what we know for now:
http://www.pardolive.ch/it/Pardo-Live/today-at-the-festival/2014/retrospettiva-titanus?sl=en#.U3Edr01OXmQ
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on October 09, 2014, 08:02:48 AM
Two weeks of Mario Monicelli at Film Forum, 28 Nov. to 11 Dec. A new 4K restoration of The Passionate Thief! La Grand Guerra to play on Dec. 4 (7.30). As a huge GBU fan, you can bet I'm gonna be there on Dec. 4. Any bets on what that poseur D&D is gonna do?
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on November 13, 2014, 01:05:49 PM
This is interesting: "un film per autore," in chronological order.
http://www.adrianoapra.it/?p=223
I migliori film del cinema italiano (inedito, agosto-ottobre 2014)

Un film per autore. Ordine cronologico. Esclusi registi stranieri (con una eccezione). In alcuni casi ho menzionato antologie uscite in dvd. Esclusi cortometraggi (con due eccezioni e le antologie). Video indica sia analogico che digitale (anche se trasferiti in 35mm). A volte la scelta di un film sottintende molte altre opere dello stesso autore; ma in diversi altri casi no. La scelta è decisamente ampia, e ammetto di essere stato generoso con gli anni più recenti, ma volevo ribadire la vitalità del nostro cinema anche in anni di crisi; e non sono così sicuro che, nell’insieme, alcuni registi esclusi siano davvero immeritevoli di menzione.

 

Ma l’amor mio non muore! (Mario Caserini, 1913) DVD

Cenere (Febo Mari [ed Eleonora Duse], mediometraggio, 1916)

Tigre reale (Giovanni Pastrone, 1916)

Le mogli e le arance (Lucio d’Ambra, 1917)

Caccia nelle regioni artiche (anonimo, mediometraggio, 1926)

Vecchia guardia (Alessandro Blasetti, 1935) DVD

Il cammino degli eroi (Corrado D’Errico, 1938) online

I Grandi Magazzini (Mario Camerini, 1939) DVD

Sissignora (Ferdinando Maria Poggioli, 1941)

Alfa Tau! (Francesco De Robertis, 1942) DVD

Malombra (Mario Soldati, 1942) DVD

Ossessione (Luchino Visconti, 1943) DVD

Fatalità (Giorgio Bianchi, 1946)

‘O sole mio! (Giacomo Gentilomo, 1946)

Roma città libera (La notte porta consiglio) (Marcello Pagliero, 1946) DVD

Ladri di biciclette (Vittorio De Sica, 1948) BD

Totò al Giro d’Italia (Mario Mattoli, 1948) DVD

Senza pietà (Alberto Lattuada, 1948) DVD

Cielo sulla palude (Augusto Genina, 1949) DVD

Stromboli (Roberto Rossellini, versione internazionale, 1950) DVD

La famiglia Passaguai (Aldo Fabrizi, 1951)

Roma ore 11 (Giuseppe De Santis, 1952) DVD

Due soldi di speranza (Renato Castellani, 1952)

Anni facili (Luigi Zampa, 1953)

Febbre di vivere (Claudio Gora, 1953)

Siamo donne (supervisione Cesare Zavattini [regia: Alfredo Guarini, Gianni Franciolini, Roberto Rossellini, Luigi Zampa, Luchino Visconti], 1953) DVD

Terza Liceo (Luciano Emmer, 1953)

Traviata 53 (Vittorio Cottafavi, 1953) DVD

Casa Ricordi (Carmine Gallone, 1954) DVD

L’angelo bianco (Raffaello Matarazzo, 1955) DVD

Piccola posta (Steno, 1955) DVD

Le signorine dello 04 (Gianni Franciolini, 1955)

Un eroe dei nostri tempi (Mario Monicelli, 1955) DVD

Il ferroviere (Pietro Germi, 1956) DVD

Città di notte (Leopoldo Trieste, 1957)

La notte brava (Mauro Bolognini, 1959) DVD

La ragazza con la valigia (Valerio Zurlini, 1961) DVD

Leoni al sole (Vittorio Caprioli, 1961)

L’eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962) DVD

Pelle viva (Giuseppe Fina, 1962)

Il sorpasso (Dino Risi, 1962) DVD

All’armi siam fascisti! (Lino Del Fra, Cecilia Mangini, Lino Miccichè, 1962) DVD

Gli ultimi (Vito Pandolfi [e David Maria Turoldo], 1962) DVD

La voglia matta (Luciano Salce, 1962)

La bella di Lodi (Mario Missiroli [e Alberto Arbasino], 1963) DVD

Il demonio (Brunello Rondi, 1963)

I fidanzati (Ermanno Olmi, 1963) DVD

Le mani sulla città (Francesco Rosi, 1963) DVD

La rimpatriata (Damiano Damiani, 1963)


Il terrorista (Gianfranco De Bosio, 1963)

Io la conoscevo bene (Antonio Pietrangeli, 1965) DVD

L’antimiracolo (Elio Piccon, 1965)

Uccellacci e uccellini (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1966) DVD

Morire gratis (Sandro Franchina, 1967)

Pagine chiuse (Gianni Da Campo, 1968)

Tropici (Gianni Amico, versione brasiliana, 1968)

Fuoco! (Gian Vittorio Baldi, 1968) DVD

Es-pi‘azione (Adamo Vergine, cortometraggio, 1968)

Tabula rasa (Paolo Capovilla, 1968)

Antologia di film fatti dai bambini [La scatola chiusa, La macchina fotografica, La finestra, Il tempo, Il vigile] (Cooperativa di Monte Olimpino [Marcello Piccardo], cortometraggi, 1968-69) online

Cuori solitari (Franco Giraldi, 1969) DVD

Trasferimento di modulazione (Piero Bargellini, cortometraggio, 1969) online

Umano non umano (Mario Schifano, 1969)

Fiore d’eringio (I: The Last Summer; II: Né bosco, Migrazione, Coda) (Massimo Bacigalupo, 1969-70)

D – Non diversi giorni si pensa splendessero alla prime origini del nascente mondo o che avessero temperatura diversa (Anna Lajolo, Guido Lombardi, mediometraggio, 1970)

Don Giovanni (Carmelo Bene, 1970) DVD

Il conformista (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970) BD

I clowns (Federico Fellini, tv, 1970) DVD

Tak! (Paolo Brunatto, mediometraggio, 1970)

Giù la testa (Sergio Leone, 1971) DVD

Per grazia ricevuta (Nino Manfredi, 1971) DVD

Vacanze nel deserto (Giancarlo Romani Adami, Valerio Adami, 1971)

Trastevere (Fausto Tozzi, 1971) DVD

Diario di un maestro (Vittorio De Seta, miniserie tv, 1972) DVD

Anna (Alberto Grifi, Massimo Sarchielli, video trasferito in 16mm, 1975) DVD

Pasqualino Settebellezze (Lina Wertmüller, 1976) DVD

Todo modo (Elio Petri, 1976)

Le occasioni di Rosa (Salvatore Piscicelli, 1981) DVD

Ricomincio da tre (Massimo Troisi, 1981) DVD

Il minestrone (Sergio Citti, miniserie tv, 1981)

Processo a Caterina Ross (Gabriella Rosaleva, 1982)

La notte che vola (Francesco Dal Bosco, 1982)

D’amore si vive (Silvano Agosti, video, 1983) DVD

Amore tossico (Claudio Caligari, 1983) DVD

Cuore (Luigi Comencini, miniserie tv, 1984) DVD

Kaos (Paolo e Vittorio Taviani, miniserie tv, 1984) DVD

La messa è finita (Nanni Moretti, 1985) DVD

Dal Polo all’Equatore (Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi, 1986)

Noistottus (Piero D’Onofrio, Fabio Vannini, 1987)

La famiglia (Ettore Scola, 1987) DVD

La maschera (Fiorella Infascelli, 1988) DVD

Scugnizzi (Nanni Loy, 1989) DVD

Zitti e Mosca (Alessandro Benvenuti, 1991) DVD

Alambrado (Marco Bechis, 1991)

Le amiche del cuore (Michele Placido, 1992) DVD

Non ho parole (Pasquale Misuraca, 1992)

Diario di un vizio (Marco Ferreri, 1993)

Cinico tv (Daniele Ciprì, Franco Maresco, antologia cortometraggi video 1993-1994) DVD

Planetopolis (Gianni Toti, video, 1994)

Piccoli orrori (Tonino De Bernardi, 1994)

I buchi neri (Pappi Corsicato, 1995) DVD

L’amore molesto (Mario Martone, 1995) DVD

Voci nel tempo (Franco Piavoli, 1996) DVD

Pianese Nunzio 14 anni a maggio (Antonio Capuano, 1996) DVD

Giro di lune tra terra e mare (Giuseppe M. Gaudino, 1997)

Così ridevano (Gianni Amelio, 1998) DVD

Radiofreccia (Luciano Ligabue, 1998) DVD

L’America a Roma (Gianfanco Pannone, 1998)

L’ultimo capodanno (Marco Risi, 1998) DVD

Guardami (Davide Ferrario, 1999) DVD

I lupi dentro (Raffaele Andreassi, 1999)

Gostanza da Libbiano (Paolo Benvenuti, 2000)

Domani (Francesca Archibugi, 2000)

L’amore probabilmente (Giuseppe Bertolucci, video, 2001)

Asuba de su serbatoiu (Daniele Segre, video, 2001)

Paolo Gioli: Antologia film (Paolo Gioli, cortometraggi, 1969-2002) DVD

Il futuro è obsoleto (canecapovolto, antologia cortometraggi e mediometraggi video, 1992-2002) DVD

Un’ora sola ti vorrei (Alina Marazzi, video, 2002) DVD

Aprimi il cuore (Giada Colagrande, video, 2002) DVD

Non ti muovere (Sergio Castellitto, 2004) DVD

Quei loro incontri (Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub, 2006)

Flòr da Baixa (Mauro Santini, video, 2006)

Tramas (Augusto Contento, video, 2007)

Valzer (Salvatore Maira, video, 2007) DVD

Storia di una donna amata e di un assassino gentile (Luigi M. Faccini, video, 2007-2009)

Vincere (Marco Bellocchio, 2009) DVD

La bocca del lupo (Pietro Marcello, video, 2009) DVD

Le quattro volte (Michelangelo Frammartino, video, 2010) DVD

Antologia video (Flatform, cortometraggi, 2007-2011)

La città ideale (Luigi Lo Cascio, video, 2012) DVD

Terramatta; (Costanza Quatriglio, video, 2012) DVD


L’intervallo (Leonardo Di Costanzo, video, 2012) DVD

Formato ridotto. Libere riscritture del cinema amatoriale (Home Movies [Antonio Bigini, Claudio Giapponesi, Paolo Simoni], video, mediometraggio, 2012) DVD

Sangue (Pippo Delbono, video, 2013)

Antologia video (Igor Imhoff, cortometraggi, 2003-2014) online
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 13, 2014, 06:16:21 PM
Two weeks of Mario Monicelli at Film Forum, 28 Nov. to 11 Dec. A new 4K restoration of The Passionate Thief! La Grand Guerra to play on Dec. 4 (7.30). As a huge GBU fan, you can bet I'm gonna be there on Dec. 4. Any bets on what that poseur D&D is gonna do?

I didn't read this thread until now ... yeah, I am pretty sure I am down for La Grande Guerra Dec. 4th at 7:30 PM  :)
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 16, 2014, 04:23:44 AM
You can get a Region 2 DVd of La Grande Guerra on Amazon,  though they're a little on the expensive side

http://goo.gl/jn43gO

http://goo.gl/RxNwt8


is it true that any DVD will play in any BRD player, no matter the region-encoding? So any Region 2 DVD will play in a Region A BRD player?
What if the region 2 DVD is PAL? The ones listed at the first Amazon link I provided above specifically say PAL; I didn't see it mentioned in the second Amazon link
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: stanton on November 16, 2014, 06:38:24 AM
Pal is no problem, but if the DVD is region locked your Blu Rayer must be region free.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on November 16, 2014, 07:51:56 AM
Pal is no problem, but if the DVD is region locked your Blu Rayer must be region free.
Huh? There is no such thing as a region free Blu-ray player. All players have to be switched manually. Blu-ray players will play DVDs in any region.

I've owned 2 Blu-ray players so far. The first was NOT a Blu-ray region switchable player, but it played DVDs from all regions. However, it did not convert PAL signals to NTSC or 1080p, which meant when I played a PAL disc I got sound only and no picture. I now have a Blu-ray region switchable player that allows me to select either Region A, B, or C for my Blu-ray discs, and allows me to play any DVD no matter which Blu-ray region is selected. Needless to say, it converts PAL signals as well.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: Novecento on November 16, 2014, 08:59:28 AM
Huh? There is no such thing as a region free Blu-ray player. All players have to be switched manually. Blu-ray players will play DVDs in any region.

I think you're being a little pedantic DJ. A regional switchable BD player is to all intents a region free BD player. It's just a question of software in the case of DVD players and firmware in the case of BD players.

I've owned 2 Blu-ray players so far. The first was NOT a Blu-ray region switchable player, but it played DVDs from all regions. However, it did not convert PAL signals to NTSC or 1080p, which meant when I played a PAL disc I got sound only and no picture. I now have a Blu-ray region switchable player that allows me to select either Region A, B, or C for my Blu-ray discs, and allows me to play any DVD no matter which Blu-ray region is selected. Needless to say, it converts PAL signals as well.

Neither of those is ideal because as soon as your player converts the signal from PAL to NTSC the image quality is significantly downgraded. You'd need a really expensive PAL-NTSC converter (beyond whatever one is in your player) to minimize this and even then you might still have issues. In the US, You ideally need a TV that supports native PAL. Unfortunately any Samsung or Panasonic consumers in the US tend to be locked out from receiving unconverted PAL - I'm guessing to avoid black-market exports, although most other manufacturers don't seem to care with their sets but it is model dependent.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: stanton on November 16, 2014, 09:04:03 AM
Ok, then Pal is maybe a problem. As far as I know in Germany we can watch any NTSC disc without problems (apart from the region locking of course).
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 16, 2014, 09:37:22 AM
so, if I have a Region A blu-ray player, I should not buy the Region 2 La Grande Guerra DVD...

I guess I'll have to find someone to go with to see the movie at Film Forum on Dec. 4, since DJ can't make it ...  ;)
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: Novecento on November 16, 2014, 12:27:56 PM
As far as I know in Germany we can watch any NTSC disc without problems (apart from the region locking of course).

That's what I'd expect. I think it's only the North American market where some TV manufacturers intentionally disable PAL playback on some models.

so, if I have a Region A blu-ray player, I should not buy the Region 2 La Grande Guerra DVD...

A standard region A BD player will play region A BDs and Region 1 NTSC DVDs.

My BD player is a region A player that has been modified to also play region B and region C BDs by booting the player up in different regions via the handset (default setting is A). It has also been modified to play all region DVDs and has a built in PAL-NTSC converter. However the PAL-NTSC converter is particularly terrible so what I do is boot the player as Region B for PAL DVDs because then it outputs native PAL to my TV.  
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on November 16, 2014, 12:32:37 PM
so, if I have a Region A blu-ray player, I should not buy the Region 2 La Grande Guerra DVD...
Wrong. Your Blu-ray player will play it. The only question is whether 1) the Region 2 DVD is in PAL (some are in NTSC) and 2) whether your player can convert a PAL signal if it needs to. Many US players DO convert. Check the specs on yours.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 17, 2014, 06:44:09 AM
Okay, I convinced a friend to go with me on Dec. 4. I told her I'd pay for her ticket, but when I know that my Leone friends are counting on me to watch this movie and report back to them, anxiously awaiting the famous D&D liveblogging from the urinal at the movie theater, money is no object. There's nothing I wouldn't do for y'all ... I'm even gonna sit through this COMEDY! ;)

now let's hope that nothing screws up between now and Dec. 4 ...
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: stanton on November 17, 2014, 09:30:56 AM
awaiting the famous D&D liveblogging from the urinal at the movie theater



Don't forget to make a selfie ...
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 04, 2014, 03:25:24 PM
Heading to Film Forum now for LA GRANDE GUERRA. I'm gonna head out into the cold, watch a comedy, bribe my friend to go by promising to pay for her ticket, deal with Film Forum's small screens .... all because I know y'all are waiting breathlessly for my liveblogging from the pisser. What I wouldn't do for my Leone friends ...
Of course, I'm only trying to downplay my excitement :)
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on December 04, 2014, 04:22:59 PM
I am standing by in Tokyo, awaiting your report.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 04, 2014, 05:26:48 PM
Its a cold Wednesday night in the big city. 5 minutes before showtime, there are 35 people in the theater.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 04, 2014, 05:28:34 PM
Actually its Thursday night. But it is indeed cold :)
LGG is being shown as part of a Mario Monicelli series at Film Forum.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on May 22, 2015, 08:49:51 AM
http://www.filmlinc.com/films/series/titanus-a-family-chronicle-of-italian-cinema

I may be going tonight. . . .
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on May 23, 2015, 02:01:57 PM
http://www.filmlinc.com/films/series/open-roads-new-italian-cinema-2015

I'm tempted to hit the new Olmi, but I hate paying premium prices for only 80 minutes of content. We'll see.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on August 01, 2015, 08:47:19 PM
http://filmforum.org/series/vittorio-de-sica-attore-regista-seduttore-series

I might hit some of these. I've never seen The Witches, and as an Eastwood completest I may have to. Drink, if you've never seen the Finzi-Continis, you should take that in.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 02, 2015, 02:38:24 PM
http://filmforum.org/series/vittorio-de-sica-attore-regista-seduttore-series

I might hit some of these. I've never seen The Witches, and as an Eastwood completest I may have to. Drink, if you've never seen the Finzi-Continis, you should take that in.

yup, I'd definitely consider some of these, work-permitting.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on November 03, 2015, 05:08:23 PM
Friday, 11/13 at MoMA: a restored Dino Risi: http://www.moma.org/calendar/events/1505?locale=en
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: titoli on November 04, 2015, 06:03:17 PM
Friday, 11/13 at MoMA: a restored Dino Risi: http://www.moma.org/calendar/events/1505?locale=en

A good appetizer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XWJDsYg0tE
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on November 24, 2015, 03:21:03 PM
MoMA has an Antonio Pietrangeli retrospective coming Dec. 3-18. I'll miss the first weekend as I'll be in Tokyo, but I may catch some of these when I get back: I Knew Her Well (coming to Criterion early 2016); Adua and her Friends (I have this already on DVD); Ghosts of Rome (I could see this on Sunday, Dec. 13); La Visita; It happened in Rome; The Bachelor; Empty Eyes; March's Child; The Girl from Parma; The Magnificent Cuckold (with Cardinale). I gather that most of these are comedies, so Drink won't want to go. Anyone else gonna be in town?
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: cigar joe on November 24, 2015, 05:05:43 PM
Some time after Thanksgiving.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: titoli on November 25, 2015, 12:11:27 AM
I Knew Her Well and La visita not to be missed. The Bachelor a Sordi's good, but Sordi is strictly for Italians.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: stanton on November 25, 2015, 02:02:41 AM
I Knew Her Well is an excellent film, and quite unknown. And not a comedy.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 27, 2015, 01:14:47 AM
I gather that most of these are comedies, so Drink won't want to go. Anyone else gonna be in town?

I told you, even though my preference is not to watch comedy, I'm happy to come hang out with my boys cj &/or dj anytime my sked works out  ;)
I should be free this Saturday night (Nov. 28) anytime after 8 PM. On most weeknights, I should also be free around 8 PM or so.

If you wanna hang out this Saturday night I am down. send PM. Actually, better yet, send email. You never know when these new boards might be down for maintenance.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on November 27, 2015, 08:24:17 AM
Well, the retro I was talking about doesn't start until Dec. 3, and right now I'm saving all my shekels for Tokyo, so, sorry, I'm not gonna make it this weekend. And when I get back I'm gonna be pretty busy, so now I'm looking at Dec. 18 as the start of serious party season (the beginning of my Christmas break). Although, I may make one trip to MoMA before then.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on April 05, 2016, 12:18:36 PM
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The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the lineup for La Magnani, a series dedicated to the film work of iconic Italian actress Anna Magnani, May 18 – June 1. The 24-title retrospective will screen entirely on 35mm and 16mm.
http://www.filmlinc.org/daily/celluloid-retrospective-films-anna-magnani/

I usually can't stand Anna Magnani--although I've seen her only in mature roles, maybe she was better when she was younger--but some of these are hard-to-see films that may never come again. Maybe titoli has some suggestions?
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: titoli on April 05, 2016, 02:32:14 PM
Bellissima is Visconti's best movie and Magnani's best performance. In the top ten of Italy.

La carosse d'or comes second.

Pasolini's Mamma Roma is good and Nella città l'inferno too (though I never saw it from start to end).

Then there are movies like L'onorevole Angelina which I never saw  but everybody talks good about. Il bandito I saw it: it's good but not memorable. Risate di gioia i you can skip it. Campo de' fiori lame comedy. Not memorable are those made for tv and the american ones and the pre-war ones.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on June 09, 2016, 09:16:43 AM
A bunch of Eng. subbed Italian films have popped up on YouTube. Here's one with Cardinale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvssCgLZtv0
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on June 10, 2016, 06:14:27 PM
Here's a really good one (not with Cardinale, but you do get Lea Massari): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CfLcvh4BLw

Some interesting particulars are available at the YouTube page, to wit:
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Published on Mar 30, 2016

FROM A ROMAN BALCONY, aka "La giornata balorda," is an Italian-French drama from 1960, directed by Mauro Bolognini. It stars Jean Sorel, Lea Massari, Jeanna Valerie, Valerie Ciangottini, Isabelle Corey and Paolo Stoppa. Also known as "Pickup in Rome" and "The Crazy Day," the movie is based on several short stories by Alberto Moravia, who collaborated on the screenplay with Pier Paolo Pasolini and Marco Visconti.

FROM A ROMAN BALCONY is the story of Davide (Sorel), a 20-year-old man, and his one-day search for a job that would provide security and decency for himself, for Ivana (Ciangottini), the teenage girl he hasn't been able to marry, and for their three-week-old son. In the course of the day, Davide is exposed to temptation in the form of several young women, including Freya (Massari), his new employer's mistress, and Marina (Valerie), a former lover, now a prostitute.

The Italian theatrical release of FROM A ROMAN BALCONY suffered many censorship problems, including the blocking of screenings and a criminal complaint against Bolognini, Moravia and Pasolini. Exactly one month after its November 1960 premiere, the film was pulled from all theaters in the country. After six months of negotiations with censors (who had already influenced the film's editing), FROM A ROMAN BALCONY was released in a further reduced edition, which eliminated several scenes of sensuality.

FROM A ROMAN BALCONY was extensively filmed on actual Roman locales, including the city's Via Tiburtina, where filmmakers captured the cacophonous atmosphere of a bustling tenement, filled with clotheslines, hawkers and hundreds of residents. It was photographed by Aldo Scavarda ("L'Avventura"), with music composed by Piero Piccioni ("La notte brava"). Paul Graetz ("A View From the Bridge," "Monsieur Ripois") was the producer.

The opening 3-minute take of balconies in a Roman tenement must be seen. The amazing jazz score must be heard.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on June 22, 2016, 04:53:50 PM
A bunch of Eng. subbed Italian films have popped up on YouTube. Here's one with Cardinale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvssCgLZtv0
This one has been taken down already. From a Roman Balcony is still up, though.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on July 10, 2016, 05:59:47 PM
This one has been taken down already. From a Roman Balcony is still up, though.
No longer! Ya snooze, ya lose. Maybe next time, dipshits!
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on July 11, 2016, 01:24:05 PM
Here's one that titoli and I basically agree on, a film we have both enjoyed: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=la+visita+youtube&view=detail&mid=BA98E1B5B2BFB5F91867BA98E1B5B2BFB5F91867&FORM=VIRE
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: titoli on July 12, 2016, 09:45:14 AM
Here's one that titoli and I basically agree on, a film we have both enjoyed: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=la+visita+youtube&view=detail&mid=BA98E1B5B2BFB5F91867BA98E1B5B2BFB5F91867&FORM=VIRE

Don't you think Perrier's character is basically the same, grown older, as the one he played for Fellini? Actually that the movie was probably inspired by that episode?
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on July 12, 2016, 03:17:02 PM
Don't you think Perrier's character is basically the same, grown older, as the one he played for Fellini? Actually that the movie was probably inspired by that episode?
Are you talking about his part in Nights of Cabiria? Very plausibly. By saying he's grown older, you mean "toothless" (i.e. less dangerous)? He's rather frightening in Cabiria; here, he is venal but amusing.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on July 13, 2016, 06:05:03 PM
This one with Sordi almost works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPecZpIm6uA
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: titoli on July 13, 2016, 09:23:58 PM
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Not yet eendahaus?
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on July 14, 2016, 05:37:50 PM
Had it for years, why? It's good.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: titoli on July 14, 2016, 09:02:03 PM
I had forgotten you had reviewed it. Maybe because you got it all wrong:


Mafioso (1962). Alberto Lattuada. An efficient Milanese manager returns to Sicily with his family and is recruited by the local mafia don to take care of some family business. At turns funny and chilling, not only is it amazing this was made 10 years before The Godfather, its amazing it came 23 years before Prizzi's Honor. The central character, however, has such little backbone that he just goes with the flow rather than taking any initiative. This causes an eventual slackening of the plot (in fact, the film is missing a third act). Beautifully shot in black and white. 3.5/5

He has "little backbone"? "just goes with the flow"? What else could he do? I pointed out that the main flaw is that he, rather incredibly but for plot's reasons, doesn't get hip to what it's happening sooner. But he can't do a thing about it anyway.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on July 15, 2016, 03:53:53 PM
Tree of the Wooden Clogs gets Criterion Blu'd in October:

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SPECIAL FEATURES

• New 4K restoration, created in collaboration with The Film Foundation at L'Immagine Ritrovata and supervised by director Ermanno Olmi, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Alternate Italian-language soundtrack
• Ermanno Olmi: The Roots of the Tree, an hour-long episode of The South Bank Show from 1981, featuring an interview with Olmi on the film and a visit to the farm where it was shot
• New program featuring cast and crew discussing the film at the Cinema Ritrovato film festival in Bologna, Italy, in 2016
• Archival interviews with Olmi
• Trailer
• New English subtitle translation
• PLUS: An essay by film critic Deborah Young
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: titoli on July 15, 2016, 07:23:15 PM
Tree of the Wooden Clogs: terrible :P.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: cigar joe on July 16, 2016, 07:27:52 AM
Tree of the Wooden Clogs: terrible :P.

agree  O0
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on July 16, 2016, 01:35:19 PM
You guys are both wrong, and not for the first time.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on November 10, 2016, 04:43:22 PM
Dino Risi retro at MoMA, 14 Dec. to 6 Jan. https://www.moma.org/calendar/film/3628?locale=en

titoli! Git yo ass over here!
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: titoli on November 10, 2016, 09:02:04 PM


titoli! Git yo ass over here!

Me In Trumpland? Never. >:D

P.S. Don't miss "The Thursday", Risi himself thought it was his best movie. A pity they didn't include "Weekend, Italian Style", his second best. Not to be missed: Il gaucho, I mostri, In nome del popolo italiano, Una vita difficile, La marcia su Roma  and, of course, Il vedovo, one of Sordi's - and Valeri's -  most quoted performances.   The Easy Life I assume everybody has watched it.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on November 11, 2016, 05:44:08 AM
Thanks, I was hoping you would make recommendations. Drink, ya wanna go to any of these? CJ, you comin' to town sometime over Christmas? I can get cheap tickets.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: titoli on November 11, 2016, 10:57:51 AM
Thanks, I was hoping you would make recommendations.
Ask them why they didn't include L'ombrellone.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: titoli on November 11, 2016, 11:13:23 AM
BTW, the production or release dates for Il vedovo and Una vita difficile are wrong.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on November 11, 2016, 02:23:16 PM
Ask them why they didn't include L'ombrellone.
If I can find someone to ask, I'll ask. The curators often don't show up for the screenings, though.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on November 11, 2016, 02:25:42 PM
BTW, the production or release dates for Il vedovo and Una vita difficile are wrong.
Huh, I just verified this on IMDb, and you are right. Those guys at MoMA are real clowns, but at least they show free movies. I guess you get what you pay for.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: titoli on November 11, 2016, 02:57:49 PM
Huh, I just verified this on IMDb, and you are right. Those guys at MoMA are real clowns, but at least they show free movies. I guess you get what you pay for.

 I pointed out the mistakes only because they might induce you to skip a movie.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on November 12, 2016, 09:13:57 AM
Can't imagine why. Do you think I have some kind of prejudice against 50s films?
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: titoli on November 12, 2016, 10:00:10 AM
Can't imagine why. Do you think I have some kind of prejudice against 50s films?

No, it's because (apart from Il vedovo, which is great exclusively thanx to Sordi and Valeri) Risi found himself in the '60s. And lost himself again in the '70s. In the '50's he was doing light comedies: better than most but without the bite he almost invariably had in his '60s movies. Maybe it was the times who inspired him and his writers, who knows. But his '50s comedies can be left apart, unless you don't wanna watch the great actors playing in some of them.
Actually I don't know how a stranger can appreciate some of these movies which are so much italian. And, take Sordi. He's almost unknow abroad, and even when known is not appreciated for what he is because he invented the Italian on the screen: which is far from the idea most strangers have of the italian people.  When he died italians (especially the Romans, of course) felt like they had lost a relative, a very near one because he was so much like us. But strangers seem unable to digest the fact that people may love somebody who portrays them with all their faults.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on November 12, 2016, 02:16:43 PM
I'm sure I don't completely "get" Sordi, but I have enjoyed him in the few films I've seen him in. I look forward to seeing more of his work.

OK, so now I understand that Risi's best work is in the 60s. I'll make a point of seeing as many of those as I can.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: cigar joe on November 13, 2016, 12:41:50 PM
Thanks, I was hoping you would make recommendations. Drink, ya wanna go to any of these? CJ, you comin' to town sometime over Christmas? I can get cheap tickets.

Been off the grid, It's possible, I don't know what days I'll have off though.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on November 16, 2016, 10:41:20 AM
If it's any time before Christmas, let me know. I'm probably heading west for the 25 Dec - 1 Jan period, but before that (starting the 17th) I'm gonna be free.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: cigar joe on November 16, 2016, 05:05:15 PM
If it's any time before Christmas, let me know. I'm probably heading west for the 25 Dec - 1 Jan period, but before that (starting the 17th) I'm gonna be free.

Yea it will be before Christmas.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on May 07, 2017, 05:27:06 PM
Mostly the usual suspects here, but maybe there's the odd title worth seeing. Most are in 35mm prints.
https://www.filmlinc.org/festivals/marcello-mastroianni/#films
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on May 07, 2017, 05:42:58 PM
Also in June Film Forum is hosting the U.S. premier of De Sica's Il Boom (1963), with Sordi. De Sica is not known for comedy, but maybe this is worth seeing? titoli?
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: titoli on May 07, 2017, 09:52:21 PM
Also in June Film Forum is hosting the U.S. premier of De Sica's Il Boom (1963), with Sordi. De Sica is not known for comedy, but maybe this is worth seeing? titoli?

De Sica is not known for comedy? You're joking?  ;D Anyway: DON'T MISS IT! Huge performance (as usual) by Sordi and, probably, De Sica's (and Zavattini's) last masterpiece. I reviewed it here somewhere.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: titoli on May 08, 2017, 11:38:33 AM
 Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
« Reply #247 on: July 11, 2012, 03:58:34 PM »    
Il boom (1963) This is maybe the bitterest italian comedy ever, a genre which already is renown for putting harsh ingredients in a supposedly light genre. I had not seen the movie in its entirety till now, having caught snippets of it now and then on the small screen. This is probably De Sica's best movie after his masterpieces of a decade before. I give it 9\10 only because I think the could have put more comedy into it.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on May 08, 2017, 01:07:03 PM
Thanks, I will try to go. Maybe I can interest Drink in going as well, even though he doesn't like movies comedies.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on November 01, 2018, 07:52:43 AM
https://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=24156

Very excited about La Visita, a film I very much want to revisit. Not sure about the other two.
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on December 06, 2018, 09:00:20 AM
At MoMA, an Ugo Tognazzi retro: https://www.moma.org/calendar/film/5023?locale=en

Anything worth seeing here?
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: cigar joe on December 06, 2018, 02:01:30 PM
At MoMA, an Ugo Tognazzi retro: https://www.moma.org/calendar/film/5023?locale=en

Anything worth seeing here?

I've seen La Grande Bouffe and La Cage aux folles, La Cage aux folles is funny, don't remember the first one very well
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on December 07, 2018, 05:35:17 AM
I've seen La Grande Bouffe and La Cage aux folles, La Cage aux folles is funny, don't remember the first one very well
Thanks. I'll probably skip those. Maybe I should just take a chance on a title or two--especially those NOT on DCP (and therefore less likely to be issued on disc anytime soon).
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on March 27, 2019, 10:57:56 AM
https://filmforum.org/film/christ-stopped-at-eboli

Saw the cut version in '79, thought it pretty boring. But maybe this is one of those films that are better longer. Anyway, as this is playing during my spring vacation, I might give it another try. Drink, CJ, interested?
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on January 25, 2023, 05:52:16 PM
https://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=32031

Love this film!
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on April 03, 2023, 05:15:07 PM
Looking forward to the eventual blu-ray release: https://vimeo.com/791309920
Title: Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
Post by: dave jenkins on September 13, 2023, 04:13:33 PM
One with Claudia!

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The Facts of Murder

Description: Inspector Ingravallo has been called to a Roman apartment building to investigate a robbery. Once there he questions the tenants but soon realises something is amiss. As the investigation progresses a simple robbery leads to a murder case? Directed by and starring Petro Germi (The Railroad Man) as the growling Inspector, The Facts of Murder was loosely adapted from celebrated author Carlo Emilio Gadda's novel and is shot with inky shadows reminiscent of film noir, while the mystery element prefigures the giallo. Featuring a cast of wonderful supporting actors including Claudia Cardinale (The Day of the Owl) and Claudio Gora (Il sorpasso), the film won multiple awards at Italian institutions including the Golden Globe for Best Film.

Special Features and Technical Specs:
New 4K restoration of the film by L'Immagine Ritrovata at the Cineteca di Bologna, world premiere on High Definition
Uncompressed mono PCM audio
New interview with Pietro Germi expert Mario Sesti (2023)
The Man With the Cigar in His Mouth - a documentary about Pietro Germi featuring interviews with his colleagues and collaborators including Mario Monicelli, Claudia Cardinale, Stefania Sandrelli, Giuseppe Tornatore among others (Mario Sesti, 1997, 41 mins)
What's Black and Yellow All Over? All Shades of Italian Film Noir - visual essay by Paul A. J. Lewis on the presence of noir trends in Italian cinema and the evolution of the genre (2023)
Newly translated English subtitles
Reversible sleeve featuring designs based on original posters
REGION-A/B "LOCKED"
U.S. RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 19.