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Italy Challenge (Official, December 2019)

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Post by peeptoad » November 27th, 2019, 11:49 am

Ciao e benvenuto alla sfida Italiana!


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Italy Challenge
Goal
Watch as many Italian movies as you can from December 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.

What is an Italian Film?
- Any film listed with Italy as first country of production on IMDb automatically qualifies
- Any film listed in one of the Official lists below automatically qualifies
- Any other film that you genuinely believe to be an Italian Movie qualifies (please state reasoning if one of the above does not apply).

Rules
- Each feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- 60 minutes of short films counts as one entry.
- 60 minutes of TV episodes counts as one entry.
- 60 minutes of music videos counts as one entry.
- The usual miniseries rule applies (ask if unsure).
- Rewatches are allowed.


Official Lists
Il Grande Cinema Italiano
FilmTV's100 Greatest Italian Films
UNESCO / entries for Italy: 391-405
SWDB's Top 50 Spaghetti Westerns

Non-Official Lists
Italian Neo-Realism
Italian Gothic Movies
Giallo Checklist
Italian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
'I Capolavori' - The 4 and 5 star Italian classics, according to the Morandini dictionary
Jean A. Gili's Italian Cinema
iCM Forum's Favorite Italian Films

I will honor anyone who watches the documentary Palio for this challenge. It is a UK production, but is filmed entirely on location in Italy, and depicts a very "Italian" event.


Rank Participant Count
1 psychotronicbeatnik 13
2 Traveller 10
3 jeroeno 7
4 blueboybob 6
5 morrison-dylan-fan 5
6 ororama 4
7 Lonewolf2003 3
7 peeptoad 3
7 sol 3
8 cinephage 2
8 shugs 2
8 Tarris1 2
9 maxwelldeux 1
9 zzzorf 1





I'll update the OP at least twice weekly. Since this is my first go at being host for an official challenge please let me know if I've forgotten anything. “Grazie mille” to sol, whose template I used from the 2018 Italy Challenge. Ciao!
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Post by shugs » November 27th, 2019, 1:59 pm

Yeah, I'm in for a few. Thanks for hosting! :cheers:

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#3

Post by albajos » November 27th, 2019, 3:23 pm

peeptoad wrote:
November 27th, 2019, 11:49 am
- Any film shot entirely on location in Italy automatically qualifies
Whaaa?

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Post by sol » November 27th, 2019, 3:45 pm

albajos wrote:
November 27th, 2019, 3:23 pm
peeptoad wrote:
November 27th, 2019, 11:49 am
- Any film shot entirely on location in Italy automatically qualifies
Whaaa?
This was already debated when I ran the Challenge last year - c.f. viewtopic.php?f=10&t=3699

I wouldn't object to peeps changing that, but it's up to her. I haven't included that condition in any of the country/region challenges that I have hosted during the past 18 months. Quite on the contrary, these days I try to provide as limited guidelines as possible for eligibility since it is really not worth my time and energy getting into debates about this sort of stuff. It's just my hope that participants for any challenge will only include films that really think fit the challenge in question.

But yeah, totally up to peeps what she wants to go with. As a general rule, I would never recommend simply copy and pasting something from sol. tehe
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Post by Lonewolf2003 » November 27th, 2019, 4:55 pm

Why do you hosts so often forget to include our list in these OPs? https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/icm+ ... ewolf2003/

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Post by Tarris1 » November 27th, 2019, 4:55 pm

Definitely an underwatched country from my side so I am in for a few. Ill try to reach 15ish, maybe more if I get my film-watching mood back

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Post by Traveller » November 27th, 2019, 5:14 pm

In as well. Thanks for hosting, peeptoad. :cheers:
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » November 27th, 2019, 7:33 pm

Ciao, peeps. I was going to exclusively focus on the doco challenge this month until you announced your plans to host this one. Buona fortuna with your first hosting experience here!

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Post by peeptoad » November 27th, 2019, 8:28 pm

albajos wrote:
November 27th, 2019, 3:23 pm
peeptoad wrote:
November 27th, 2019, 11:49 am
- Any film shot entirely on location in Italy automatically qualifies
Whaaa?
feel free to disregard that line if it offends you personally.

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Post by peeptoad » November 27th, 2019, 8:31 pm

sol wrote:
November 27th, 2019, 3:45 pm
albajos wrote:
November 27th, 2019, 3:23 pm
peeptoad wrote:
November 27th, 2019, 11:49 am
- Any film shot entirely on location in Italy automatically qualifies
Whaaa?
This was already debated when I ran the Challenge last year - c.f. viewtopic.php?f=10&t=3699

I wouldn't object to peeps changing that, but it's up to her. I haven't included that condition in any of the country/region challenges that I have hosted during the past 18 months. Quite on the contrary, these days I try to provide as limited guidelines as possible for eligibility since it is really not worth my time and energy getting into debates about this sort of stuff. It's just my hope that participants for any challenge will only include films that really think fit the challenge in question.

But yeah, totally up to peeps what she wants to go with. As a general rule, I would never recommend simply copy and pasting something from sol. tehe
I'll go ahead and remove it since it's upsetting some, but, yes, it was a tagalong from your previous post.

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Post by peeptoad » November 27th, 2019, 8:34 pm

Lonewolf2003 wrote:
November 27th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Why do you hosts so often forget to include our list in these OPs? https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/icm+ ... ewolf2003/
added, thanks.

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Post by maxwelldeux » November 27th, 2019, 8:35 pm

Italian documentaries for Doubles (and one Triple):

https://trakt.tv/search/movies/?genres= ... untries=it

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » November 27th, 2019, 9:09 pm

Congrats on the first hosting gig, peeps! Thanks for doing it. I'll hope to watch some Italian films throughout December.

I like the images you selected - particularly the Cinecittà gates!
That's all, folks!

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » November 27th, 2019, 10:21 pm

peeptoad wrote:
November 27th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Lonewolf2003 wrote:
November 27th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Why do you hosts so often forget to include our list in these OPs? https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/icm+ ... ewolf2003/
added, thanks.
You're welcome. Our list is not official btw ;)

I'm def in. I'm going to try to find a good balance between the genre stuff and the arthouse/"critically acclaimed" stuff.

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Post by jeroeno » November 28th, 2019, 3:50 pm

One of those official lists sadly isn't official anymore. Sorry, I tried everything to keep it official. :yucky: :shrug:

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Post by sol » December 1st, 2019, 2:07 am

It starts!

First in. :D

1. The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971)

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After an intriguing opening in which a wealthy man tortures and murders a prostitute who reminds him of his deceased wife, this luridly titled giallo becomes a dialogue-heavy affair with little of note happening until halfway in. The stuff that happens halfway in is enthralling though with suggestions of something supernatural afoot and things become especially twisted in the final quarter of the movie with many memorably macabre moments.
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Post by Traveller » December 1st, 2019, 8:00 am

01. The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988) - 8/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by Traveller » December 1st, 2019, 4:15 pm

02. Vincere (2009) - 7/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by maxwelldeux » December 1st, 2019, 6:33 pm

1. Caesar Must Die (2012)

Not sure why this isn't tagged as a doc on IMDB, but oh well. It's a look at an Italian prison's performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Nice cinematography, shooting prison scenes in black and white, with the live performance in color. Lots of rehearsals with a few breaks in action so you get to see the prisoners themselves a bit. Interesting blend of documentary and drama and comes across relatively innovative to me.

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Post by jeroeno » December 1st, 2019, 9:08 pm

01. Vincere (2009)

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Post by zzzorf » December 2nd, 2019, 5:07 am

Forgot to put this here when I put it in the Travel the World challenge yesterday. Most likely the only one I'll watch due to that challenge but at least I contributed to the final tally.

1. Zombi 2 (1979) - 6/10

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Post by ororama » December 2nd, 2019, 6:04 am

1. Respiro (2002) * 95 min.

*First time viewing

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Post by shugs » December 2nd, 2019, 6:42 am

1. Paura nella città dei morti viventi [City of the Living Dead] (Lucio Fulci, 1980) - 6/10

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Post by Traveller » December 2nd, 2019, 5:05 pm

03. Before the Revolution (1964) - 8/10
04. Il Postino: The Postman (1994) - 6/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by Tarris1 » December 2nd, 2019, 7:59 pm

1. Il Posto (1961) 8/10
2. La stanza del figlio (2001) 7.5/10

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Post by peeptoad » December 2nd, 2019, 8:34 pm

1. Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (1975) Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom 7

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Post by jeroeno » December 2nd, 2019, 8:55 pm

02. Ecce bombo (1978)

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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » December 2nd, 2019, 11:57 pm

Thanks for hosting Peep!

FTV:1: Baba Yaga (1973) 7.

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Branching the rough looking cut footage into a film backed with interesting extras, Shameless presents a good transfer,with the audio kept clean,and the picture having a suitable level of grain.

Hypnotising Rosselli into her nightmare world lusts, Carroll Baker gives a devilishly seductive turn as Yaga, whose sexuality Baker uses to curl round Rosselli’s weaknesses, pulling her to reality blurring mind-tricks Baker plays with a bewitching spark. Joined by George Eastman in his welcomed loud shirts as Treves,Isabelle De Funes gives a terrific twirl as Rosselli, whose snapping of Yaga allows Funes to capture a curiosity in Rosselli, who despite fearing for her life, can’t turn away from being Yaga’s play doll.

Bonding Rosselli and Yaga in bondage, co-writer/(with Giulio Berruti and Francois de Lannurien) director Corrado Farina & cinematographer Aiace Parolin conjure up quality boobage in S&M- themed sex scenes, which are loaded up with bonus sleaze in Third Reich master/slave fantasies.A troubled production which saw original producer Franco Committeri leave, Anne Heywood quitting from playing Yaga early in filming, and Farina being stuck with Funes, (who he did not like) due to the French co-producers, all these issues actually help the film, thanks to giving the title a unpredictable fractured atmosphere, where everything can change from whip-pans over bursting with primary colours Giallo slashes, to whipping up raunchy set-pieces melted with Comic-Book/fumetti inserts, all within a snap of Baba Yaga’s spell.
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Post by cinephage » December 3rd, 2019, 10:01 am

01. Teorema, by Pier Paolo Pasolini (1968) 5,5/10

Not too fond of Pasolini's cinema, even though I understand it broke many rules and made obvious the hidden structures of society. Still, you don't make a movie just with ideas.

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Post by ororama » December 3rd, 2019, 1:08 pm

2. La coda dello scorpione/ The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971) * 95 min.

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1. Respiro (2002) * 95 min.

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » December 3rd, 2019, 2:06 pm

I'm off with a very good start.

1. La signora senza camelie [The Lady Without Camelias] (1953, Michelangelo Antonioni): 8.2 - Antonioni's third feature is a very good movie about the search of a young woman for her own independence and identity in a man's world with an absolutely stunning and solid Lucia Bosé in the lead. The final shot in which she has to accept her own fate is heartbreaking.

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Post by peeptoad » December 3rd, 2019, 3:41 pm

First update (which is a little earlier than I intended, but it is dead as a doornail at work right now due to the blizzard in my area)... hopefully I didn't miss anyone, but let me know if I did. :)

Traveller has jumped out to an early lead, so the race is young and all horses, er, participants, are still establishing early position. For now Traveller is content to set the tempo and taking a "wait-and-see" to see if the others can keep pace. :run:

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2 jeroeno 2
2 ororama 2
2 Tarris1 2
3 cinephage 1
3 Lonewolf2003 1
3 maxwelldeux 1
3 morrison-dylan-fan 1
3 peeptoad 1
3 shugs 1
3 sol 1
3 zzzorf 1

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Post by Traveller » December 3rd, 2019, 5:02 pm

05. The Consequences of Love (2004) - 7/10
06. Cemetery Man (1994) - 8/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » December 3rd, 2019, 5:32 pm

...and another horse enters the arena...

1. Fellini Satyricon (1969 / Federico Fellini) FTV 7/10

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Post by jeroeno » December 3rd, 2019, 7:53 pm

03. Nostra signora dei turchi (1968)


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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » December 4th, 2019, 2:14 am

2. Ercole contro Moloch (1963 / Giorgio Ferroni) FTV 6+/10
3. Il Leone di Tebe (1964 / Giorgio Ferroni) FTV 6+/10
4. Il grande silenzio (1968 / Sergio Corbucci) FTV 8+/10

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2. Ercole contro Moloch (1963 / Giorgio Ferroni) FTV 6+/10
3. Il Leone di Tebe (1964 / Giorgio Ferroni) FTV 6+/10
4. Il grande silenzio (1968 / Sergio Corbucci) FTV 8+/10



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Post by cinephage » December 4th, 2019, 7:34 am

02. I soliti ignoti, by Mario Monicelli (1958) 7/10 - Rewatch

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01. Teorema, by Pier Paolo Pasolini (1968) 5,5/10

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Post by ororama » December 4th, 2019, 12:51 pm

3. A doppia faccia/ Double Face (1969) * 91 min.

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1. Respiro (2002) * 95 min.
2. La coda dello scorpioneThe Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971) * 95 min.

*First time viewing

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Post by Traveller » December 4th, 2019, 5:05 pm

07. The Organizer (1963) - 7/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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