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Italy Challenge (Official, June 2021)

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Italy Challenge (Official, June 2021)

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Official Italy Challenge

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Pictured: Il Cristo proibito (1951) AKA The Forbidden Christ

GOAL
Watch Italian movies. Discuss them.

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).

BONUS GAME
To be determined

RULES
- Each feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- 80 minutes of short films or miniseries/TV episodes counts as one entry.
- Films must be watched one at a time and at single speed (not sped up).
- Rewatches are allowed and are good for the soul.
- Please include the imdb link of the watched movies in your post.

LINKS
Official
Il Grande Cinema Italiano (available with English subs)
FilmTV's100 Greatest Italian Films
UNESCO / entries for Italy: 504-518
SWDB's Top 50 Spaghetti Westerns

Non-Official:
One hundred film and one country, Italy (former official list)
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 (Complete List)

Misc
Available online with English subtitles: Italy

Italian movies with subtitles on general lists
TSPDT
TSPDT 1001-2000
TSPDT 21st Century
500<400
1000<400
500<400 (all editions)
DtC (2021)
Jonathan Rosenbaum
TSZDT
Doubling the Canon 2022 Holdovers and Revotes

Rank Participant Count Minutes 100 Films 1 Country FilmTV Giallo ICMForum Il Grande Cinema Neo-Realism Spaghetti UNESCO
1 Traveller 32 3257 5 9 7 11 10 1 0 0
2 flavo5000 28 2598 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
3 DudeLanez 25 2491 4 6 0 6 13 2 0 1
4 sol 22 2214 0 1 6 7 1 0 6 0
5 jdidaco 14 1316 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 AB537 12 654 4 4 0 5 6 2 0 2
7 Mario Gaborovic 11 1175 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0
8 hurluberlu 7 681 1 2 0 2 4 2 0 1
8 Melvelet 7 850 3 6 0 6 4 0 0 2
8 VincentPrice 7 664 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0
11 klaus78 6 583 3 3 0 5 6 1 0 0
11 Knaldskalle 6 616 2 1 2 3 4 1 0 0
11 Lonewolf2003 6 608 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0
11 maxwelldeux 6 593 2 4 0 4 4 2 0 0
11 ororama 6 587 2 2 0 3 3 0 0 0
11 vortexsurfer 6 586 0 1 3 4 2 0 2 0
17 peeptoad 4 430 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
18 mightysparks 3 247 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1
18 pitchorneirda 3 347 0 1 0 3 2 1 0 1
20 clemmetarey 2 198 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0
20 frbrown 2 185 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
22 3eyes 1 138 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
22 blocho 1 144 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1
- overall 217 21162 28 42 28 71 64 12 11 9


Decade breakdown:
Decade Count
1900s 1
1910s 4
1930s 2
1940s 13
1950s 20
1960s 51
1970s 58
1980s 27
1990s 20
2000s 13
2010s 12
2020s 2

Director breakdown (n >= 2)
Director Count
Michelangelo Antonioni 13
Federico Fellini 12
Lucio Fulci 9
Roberto Rossellini 9
Umberto Lenzi 7
Mario Bava 6
Nanni Moretti 5
Bernardo Bertolucci 4
Carlo Lizzani 4
Giuseppe De Santis 4
Bruno Mattei 3
Claudio Fragasso 3
Dario Argento 3
Ermanno Olmi 3
Ettore Scola 3
Luigi Bazzoni 3
Marco Bellocchio 3
Paolo Cavara 3
Pier Paolo Pasolini 3
Sergio Leone 3
Sergio Martino 3
Valerio Zurlini 3
Alessandro Blasetti 2
Alice Rohrwacher 2
Antonio Margheriti 2
Chris Zarb 2
Dino Risi 2
Domenico Paolella 2
Duccio Tessari 2
Enzo G. Castellari 2
Francesco Barilli 2
Francesco Rosi 2
Franco Prosperi 2
Franco Rossellini 2
Giuseppe Tornatore 2
Gualtiero Jacopetti 2
Kenneth Scicluna 2
Luigi Comencini 2
Marco Ferreri 2
Mario Monicelli 2
Matteo Garrone 2
Mauro Bolognini 2
Michele Soavi 2
Paolo Heusch 2
Pietro Germi 2
Sergio Corbucci 2
Sergio Stivaletti 2
Genre breakdown
Genre Count
Drama 133
Horror 50
Mystery 41
Comedy 38
Thriller 36
Romance 35
Crime 30
Western 16
War 15
Short 13
Fantasy 12
Adventure 9
Documentary 9
Action 8
History 8
Music 6
Biography 4
Sci-Fi 2
Adult 1
Animation 1
Movies that have been challenged at least twice
Times challenged Name Year IMDBICM
2 Before the Revolution 1964 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Cannibal Ferox 1981 :imdb: :ICM:
2 City of Women 1980 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Cronaca di un amore 1950 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Duck You Sucker 1971 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Happy as Lazzaro 2018 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Keoma 1976 :imdb: :ICM:
2 La Notte 1961 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Lo squartatore di New York 1982 :imdb: :ICM:
2 M.D.C. - Maschera di cera 1997 :imdb: :ICM:
2 My Mother's Smile 2002 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Night Killer 1990 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Paisan 1946 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Prova d'orchestra 1978 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Quella villa accanto al cimitero 1981 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Riso amaro 1949 :imdb: :ICM:
2 The Church 1989 :imdb: :ICM:
2 The Clowns 1970 :imdb: :ICM:
2 The Perfume of the Lady in Black 1974 :imdb: :ICM:
2 The Possessed 1965 :imdb: :ICM:
2 The Spider's Stratagem 1970 :imdb: :ICM:
2 We All Loved Each Other So Much 1974 :imdb: :ICM:
Entries of Il Grande Cinema we have watched collectively (57/250 - 22.8 %)
1. 1860 (1933) AKA Gesuzza the Garibaldian Wife
2. 8½ (1963)
3. A ciascuno il suo (1967) AKA We Still Kill the Old Way - DudeLanez
4. Abbasso la ricchezza! (1946) AKA Peddlin' in Society
5. Accattone (1961) AKA The Procurer
6. Acciaio (1933) AKA Steel
7. Achtung! Banditi! (1951) AKA Attention! Bandits! - Knaldskalle
8. Addio, giovinezza! (1940)
9. Adua e le compagne (1960) AKA Hungry for Love - Traveller
10. Aida (1953)
11. Amarcord (1973)
12. Un americano a Roma (1954) AKA An American in Rome
13. Le amiche (1955) AKA The Girlfriends - klaus78
14. Amici miei (1975) AKA My Friends
15. L'amore in città (1953) AKA Love in the City
16. L'amore molesto (1995) AKA Nasty Love
17. Animali pazzi (1939)
18. Anni difficili (1948) AKA Difficult Years
19. Anonimo veneziano (1970) AKA The Anonymous Venetian
20. Una storia moderna - L'ape regina (1963) AKA The Conjugal Bed
21. L'armata Brancaleone (1966) AKA For Love and Gold
22. L'arte di arrangiarsi (1955) AKA The Art of Getting Along
23. Assunta Spina (1915) - mightysparks
24. L'avventura (1960) AKA L'Avventura - blocho
25. Le avventure di Pinocchio (1972) AKA The Adventures of Pinocchio
26. I bambini ci guardano (1944) AKA The Children Are Watching Us - Traveller
27. Banditi a Orgosolo (1961) AKA Bandits of Orgosolo
28. Il bandito (1946) AKA The Bandit
29. La battaglia di Algeri (1966) AKA The Battle of Algiers
30. Il bell'Antonio (1960) AKA Bell' Antonio - Traveller
31. Bellissima (1951) AKA Beautiful
32. Berlinguer ti voglio bene (1977) AKA Berlinguer: I Love You
33. Il bidone (1955) AKA The Swindle
34. Boccaccio '70 (1962)
35. Un borghese piccolo piccolo (1977) AKA An Average Little Man - Traveller
36. Brutti, sporchi e cattivi (1976) AKA Ugly, Dirty and Bad
37. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966) AKA The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
38. C'era una volta il West (1968) AKA Once Upon a Time in the West
39. C'eravamo tanto amati (1974) AKA We All Loved Each Other So Much - DudeLanez, Melvelet
40. Cabiria (1914)
41. Caccia tragica (1947) AKA The Tragic Hunt - DudeLanez
42. La caduta di Troia (1911) AKA The Fall of Troy - DudeLanez
43. Il caimano (2006) AKA The Caiman - DudeLanez
44. La canzone dell'amore (1930)
45. Caro diario (1993) AKA Dear Diary - Melvelet
46. Carosello napoletano (1954) AKA Neapolitan Carousel
47. La casa dalle finestre che ridono (1976) AKA The House of the Laughing Windows
48. Il Casanova di Federico Fellini (1976) AKA Fellini's Casanova
49. Il caso Mattei (1972) AKA The Mattei Affair
50. Casta diva (1935)
51. Catene (1949) AKA Chains
52. La cena delle beffe (1942)
53. Cenere (1917)
54. I cento cavalieri (1964) AKA 100 Horsemen
55. I cento passi (2000) AKA 100 Steps
56. Centochiodi (2007) - hurluberlu
57. La ciociara (1960) AKA Two Women
58. Colpire al cuore (1982) AKA Blow to the Heart
59. Condottieri (1937)
60. Il conformista (1970) AKA The Conformist
61. Le conseguenze dell'amore (2004) AKA The Consequences of Love - hurluberlu
62. Cronaca di un amore (1950) AKA Story of a Love Affair - ororama, clemmetarey
63. Darò un milione (1935) AKA I'll Give a Million
64. Il Decameron (1971) AKA The Decameron
65. Il deserto dei tartari (1976) AKA The Desert of the Tartars
66. Il deserto rosso (1964) AKA Red Desert
67. Dillinger è morto (1969) AKA Dillinger Is Dead
68. Il divo (2008) AKA Il Divo
69. Divorzio all'italiana (1961) AKA Divorce Italian Style
70. La dolce vita (1960) AKA La Dolce Vita
71. I dolci inganni (1960) AKA Sweet Deceptions
72. Domenica d'agosto (1950) AKA Sunday in August - AB537
73. Don Camillo (1952) AKA The Little World of Don Camillo
74. La donna scimmia (1964) AKA The Ape Woman
75. Dora Nelson (1940)
76. I due orfanelli (1947) AKA The Two Orphans
77. Due soldi di speranza (1952) AKA Two Cents Worth of Hope
78. Ecce bombo (1978)
79. L'eclisse (1962) AKA Eclipse
80. Europa '51 (1952) AKA Europe '51
81. La famiglia (1987) AKA The Family
82. Fantozzi (1975) AKA White Collar Blues
83. Le fate ignoranti (2001) AKA His Secret Life
84. Le fatiche di Ercole (1958) AKA Hercules
85. Fellini - Satyricon (1969) AKA Fellini Satyricon
86. Il ferroviere (1956) AKA Man of Iron - DudeLanez
87. Fifa e arena (1948)
88. I figli di nessuno (1951) AKA Nobody's Children
89. Francesco d'Assisi (1966) AKA Francis of Assisi
90. Francesco, giullare di Dio (1950) AKA The Flowers of St. Francis - pitchorneirda
91. I fratelli Dinamite (1949) AKA The Dynamite Brothers
92. Fuori dal mondo (1999) AKA Not of This World
93. Il gattopardo (1963) AKA The Leopard
94. Il generale Della Rovere (1959) AKA General della Rovere
95. Germania anno zero (1948) AKA Germany Year Zero - AB537
96. Il giardino dei Finzi Contini (1970) AKA The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
97. Ginger e Fred (1986) AKA Ginger and Fred
98. Una giornata particolare (1977) AKA A Special Day
99. Giulietta degli spiriti (1965) AKA Juliet of the Spirits - Lonewolf2003
100. Romeo and Juliet (1954)
101. Gomorra (2008) AKA Gomorrah - sol
102. La grande bouffe (1973) AKA La Grande Bouffe
103. La grande guerra (1959) AKA The Great War - Knaldskalle
104. Grandi magazzini (1986) AKA Department Store
105. Grazie zia (1968) AKA Come Play with Me
106. Il grido (1957) AKA The Cry - AB537
107. Guardie e ladri (1951) AKA Cops and Robbers
108. Ieri oggi domani (1963) AKA Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
109. L'imbalsamatore (2002) AKA The Embalmer - Traveller
110. In nome del popolo italiano (1971) AKA In the Name of the Italian People
111. Incompreso (Vita col figlio) (1966) AKA Misunderstood
112. Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (1970) AKA Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
113. L'Inferno (1911) AKA Dante's Inferno
114. Stealing Beauty (1996)
115. Io la conoscevo bene (1965) AKA I Knew Her Well
116. Io non ho paura (2003) AKA I'm Not Scared
117. Io sono un autarchico (1976) AKA I Am Self Sufficient
118. Ladri di biciclette (1948) AKA Bicycle Thieves
119. Il ladro di bambini (1992) AKA The Stolen Children - DudeLanez
120. Lamerica (1994)
121. Lo chiamavano Trinità... (1970) AKA They Call Me Trinity
122. Luci del varietà (1950) AKA Variety Lights - Knaldskalle
123. Luciano Serra, pilota (1938) AKA Luciano Serra, Pilot
124. La lunga notte del '43 (1960) AKA It Happened in '43
125. Maciste (1915) AKA Marvelous Maciste
126. Maciste all'inferno (1925) AKA Maciste in Hell
127. Maddalena... zero in condotta (1940) AKA Maddalena, Zero for Conduct
128. Un maledetto imbroglio (1959) AKA The Facts of Murder
129. Malombra (1942)
130. Mamma Roma (1962)
131. Marrakech Express (1989)
132. La maschera del demonio (1960) AKA Black Sunday - Melvelet
133. Matrimonio all'italiana (1964) AKA Marriage Italian-Style
134. Medea (1969)
135. Il medico della mutua (1968) AKA Be Sick... It's Free
136. Mediterraneo (1991) - klaus78
137. La meglio gioventù (2003) AKA The Best of Youth
138. Mery per sempre (1989) AKA Forever Mary
139. Mignon è partita (1988) AKA Mignon Has Come to Stay
140. Mille lire al mese (1939)
141. Mimì metallurgico ferito nell'onore (1972) AKA The Seduction of Mimi
142. Miracolo a Milano (1951) AKA Miracle in Milan
143. I miserabili (1964) AKA Les Misérables
144. Miseria e nobiltà (1954) AKA Poverty and Nobility
145. Morte a Venezia (1971) AKA Death in Venice
146. I mostri (1963) AKA The Monsters - klaus78
147. Il mulino del Po (1949) AKA The Mill on the Po
148. Napoli milionaria (1950) AKA Side Street Story
149. La nave bianca (1941) AKA The White Ship
150. Noi credevamo (2010) AKA We Believed
151. Non ci resta che piangere (1984) AKA Nothing Left to Do but Cry
152. Nostra signora dei turchi (1968) AKA Our Lady of the Turks - Traveller
153. La notte (1961) AKA The Night - maxwelldeux, vortexsurfer
154. Le notti bianche (1957) AKA White Nights
155. Le notti di Cabiria (1957) AKA Nights of Cabiria
156. Novecento (1976) AKA 1900
157. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988) AKA Cinema Paradiso - pitchorneirda
158. L'onorevole Angelina (1947) AKA Angelina
159. L'ora di religione (Il sorriso di mia madre) (2002) AKA My Mother's Smile - Traveller, hurluberlu
160. Ossessione (1943)
161. Paisà (1946) AKA Paisan - hurluberlu, AB537
162. Pane, amore e fantasia (1953) AKA Bread, Love and Dreams
163. Pane e cioccolata (1974) AKA Bread and Chocolate
164. Pane e tulipani (2000) AKA Bread and Tulips
165. Il pap'occhio (1980) AKA In the Pope's Eye
166. Per qualche dollaro in più (1965) AKA For a Few Dollars More
167. Per un pugno di dollari (1964) AKA A Fistful of Dollars
168. Piccolo mondo antico (1941) AKA Old-Fashioned World
169. Pinocchio (1911)
170. Il portaborse (1991) AKA The Yes Man
171. Il portiere di notte (1974) AKA The Night Porter
172. Il postino (1994) AKA Il Postino: The Postman
173. Poveri ma belli (1957) AKA Poor But Beautiful
174. La presa di Roma (20 settembre 1870) (1905) AKA The Capture of Roma - DudeLanez
175. Prima della rivoluzione (1964) AKA Before the Revolution - ororama, klaus78
176. Professione: reporter (1975) AKA The Passenger
177. Profondo rosso (1975) AKA Deep Red
178. I promessi sposi (1941) AKA The Spirit and the Flesh
179. I pugni in tasca (1965) AKA Fists in the Pocket - maxwelldeux
180. 4 passi fra le nuvole (1942) AKA The Bigamist - Traveller
181. La ragazza con la valigia (1961) AKA Girl with a Suitcase - Traveller
182. Regalo di Natale (1986) AKA Christmas Present
183. Respiro (2002)
184. Ricomincio da tre (1981) AKA I'm Starting from Three
185. Rigoletto (1946)
186. Riso amaro (1949) AKA Bitter Rice - DudeLanez, klaus78
187. Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963) - DudeLanez
188. Rocco e i suoi fratelli (1960) AKA Rocco and His Brothers
189. Roma (1972)
190. Roma città aperta (1945) AKA Rome, Open City - AB537
191. Roma città libera (1946) AKA Rome: Free City
192. Roma ore 11 (1952) AKA Rome 11:00 - Knaldskalle
193. Romanzo criminale (2005)
194. Romeo and Juliet (1968)
195. Rotaie (1929) AKA Rails
196. Sacco e Vanzetti (1971) AKA Sacco & Vanzetti
197. Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (1975) AKA Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
198. Salvatore Giuliano (1962) - ororama
199. Lo sceicco bianco (1952) AKA The White Sheik - klaus78
200. Sciuscià (1946) AKA Shoeshine
201. Sedotta e abbandonata (1964) AKA Seduced and Abandoned
202. La segretaria privata (1931)
203. Senso (1954) - Melvelet
204. Il signor Max (1937) AKA Mister Max
205. La signora di tutti (1934) AKA Everybody's Woman - DudeLanez
206. La signora senza camelie (1953) AKA The Lady Without Camelias
207. Signore & signori (1966) AKA The Birds, the Bees and the Italians - DudeLanez
208. Sole! (1929)
209. Il sole sorge ancora (1946) AKA Outcry
210. I soliti ignoti (1958) AKA Big Deal on Madonna Street
211. Il sorpasso (1962) AKA The Easy Life
212. Lo squadrone bianco (1936) AKA White Squadron
213. La stanza del figlio (2001) AKA The Son's Room - AB537
214. La strada (1954) AKA La Strada
215. Stromboli (Terra di Dio) (1950) AKA Stromboli - maxwelldeux
216. Suspiria (1977)
217. The Sheltering Sky (1990)
218. Il tempo si è fermato (1959) AKA Time Stood Still
219. Teorema (1968)
220. Teresa Venerdì (1941) AKA Do You Like Women
221. La terra trema (1948) AKA The Earth Trembles
222. Thais (1917)
223. This Must Be the Place (2011)
224. I topi grigi (1918)
225. Totò a colori (1952) AKA Toto in Color
226. I tre volti della paura (1963) AKA Black Sabbath - vortexsurfer
227. Treno popolare (1933)
228. Tutta la vita davanti (2008)
229. Tutti a casa (1960) AKA Everybody Go Home! - Traveller
230. Uccellacci e uccellini (1966) AKA The Hawks and the Sparrows
231. Gli ultimi giorni di Pompeii (1926) AKA The Last Days of Pompeii
232. L'ultimo bacio (2001) AKA The Last Kiss
233. Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972) AKA Last Tango in Paris
234. Umberto D. (1952)
235. Gli uomini, che mascalzoni... (1932) AKA What Scoundrels Men Are! - DudeLanez
236. Un uomo da bruciare (1962) AKA A Man for Burning
237. L'uomo meccanico (1921) AKA The Mechanical Man
238. I vampiri (1957) AKA Lust of the Vampire
239. Il vangelo secondo Matteo (1964) AKA The Gospel According to St. Matthew
240. Il vento fa il suo giro (2005) AKA The Wind Blows Round
241. Viaggio in Italia (1954) AKA Journey to Italy - maxwelldeux
242. Vincere (2009)
243. Vip, mio fratello superuomo (1968) AKA The SuperVips
244. Una vita difficile (1961) AKA A Difficult Life
245. La vita è bella (1997) AKA Life Is Beautiful
246. I vitelloni (1953) AKA I Vitelloni
247. La voce della luna (1990) AKA The Voice of the Moon - Lonewolf2003
248. Yuppi du (1975)
249. Zabriskie Point (1970)
250. Lo zio di Brooklyn (1995) AKA The Uncle from Brooklyn
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Regarding the bonus game:
Still thinking about this. Maybe the recommendation game (is there any interest) and "watch at least one film from a set of typical Italian genres/movements (giallo, peplum, spaghetti western, commedia alla'italiana, neorealism, poliziotteschi, mondo, cannibal, etc.)" or the same with famous actors (both suggested by sortile9io)

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Not sure I'll participate in the bonus challenge anyway, but I like the sub-genre option.
You could also do something with this list maybe?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/100_fil ... da_salvare

Or something related to one of the other June challenges.... just throwing ideas out.
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Yeah, I'm in as well.
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Sure, probably gonna be a few Giallo and Spaghetti Westerns
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Anyone else who intends of participating who has any wishes for a bonus challenge?
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It starts! First in. :D

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1. Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (1971) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066240/

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Melvelet wrote: June 1st, 2021, 8:02 am Anyone else who intends of participating who has any wishes for a bonus challenge?
Maybe just encourage bonus game participants to nominate films available on common streaming platforms? With Japan, almost everybody recommended the rarest of obscurities. I know that there are ways to source different films, but the game's automatically going to work better it if easier-to-track-down films are being promoted.
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The links for Italian movies with subtitles on general lists are working now
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The Italian Job
1. Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (1971)
2. The Perfume of The Lady In Black (1974) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070565/

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This is slow to warm up with twenty minutes passing before anything horror-like occurs, but the initial appearance of the titular lady is very well done and the protagonist's subsequent interactions with characters who may not exist are great too. Mimsy Farmer excels in the lead role as she gradually grows more unhinged and prone to jumping at the slightest of noises; the film has a real atmospheric music score too. Alas, the ending does not really work.
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Melvelet wrote: May 31st, 2021, 10:50 am UNESCO / entries for Italy: 391-405
That doesn't seem quite right... As far as I can tell the Italian entries start at 504 (Cabiria) and end around 518 (Cinema Paradiso).
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01. City of Women (1980) - 4/10
02. An Average Little Man (1977) - 8/10

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Knaldskalle wrote: June 1st, 2021, 2:41 pm
Melvelet wrote: May 31st, 2021, 10:50 am UNESCO / entries for Italy: 391-405
That doesn't seem quite right... As far as I can tell the Italian entries start at 504 (Cabiria) and end around 518 (Cinema Paradiso).
Wow, a lot of movies have been added to the list since the last challenge.
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Melvelet wrote: June 1st, 2021, 3:34 pm
Knaldskalle wrote: June 1st, 2021, 2:41 pm
Melvelet wrote: May 31st, 2021, 10:50 am UNESCO / entries for Italy: 391-405
That doesn't seem quite right... As far as I can tell the Italian entries start at 504 (Cabiria) and end around 518 (Cinema Paradiso).
Wow, a lot of movies have been added to the list since the last challenge.
Thanks :)
You can thank Canada for that.
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1. La signora di tutti (Everybody's Woman, 1934, Ophüls) 6/10
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1. Domenica d'agosto - Sunday in August (Luciano Emmer, 1950) 6/10

I've been looking forward to this challenge for a while, but likely won't be as active as initially planned due to EURO "2020", which ironically will include watching Italy's national team (among many others).
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01. Non si sevizia un paperino (1972)

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The Italian Job
1. Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (1971)
2. The Perfume of The Lady In Black (1974)
3. The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066412/

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From a spinning/slapping nightmare to an eerie parking garage pursuit, the has several striking scenes; there are also some great, unusual camera angles as the protagonist begins to lose her mind (see above). The most fascinating aspect of the film though is the Hitchcock-ish explanation, and given how clever and intriguing it is, it feels a shame that it only pops up at the end. The overall story also works much better near the end with some pacing issues at first.
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1. Quo Vadis? (1913) 4/10
2. Assunta Spina (1915) 5/10
3. Rapsodia satanica (1917) 6/10

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03. Girl with a Suitcase (1961) - 7/10
04. Hungry for Love (1960) - 7/10

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1. Journey to Italy (1954) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046511/

Boy am I behind on classic Italian films...

This was nice. 7/10 for me. I liked the photography of it and really appreciated seeing parts of Italy at the time. Didn't much care for the characters and didn't connect with them at all, which kept this from being great, but it's definitely an enjoyable film.
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1. The Lickerish Quartet (Radley Metzger, 1970) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065981/
Noted adult film director Metzger adapts this psychosexual Italy/Germany/US co-production with a lot of style but with an air of pretentiousness that can get distracting. It has some very nice visual setpieces like the writhing in ecstasy on a dictionary peppered with sexually charged vocabulary. Plotwise it feels a little slight though, but I'd imagine fans of Metzger will find much to like here.

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2. The Devil's Nightmare (Jean Brismée, 1971) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067592/
I quite enjoyed this kooky, garish Belgian/Italian gothic horror piece about a sleeper cell succubus and the seven deadly sins that she torments. It doesn't always make sense but when the camerawork is this nice and the plot is consistently engaging and offbeat, it doesn't matter.

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3. Il coltello di ghiaccio a.k.a. Knife of Ice (Umberto Lenzi, 1972) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068394/
This was a solid low-key giallo from Lenzi featuring the lovely Carroll Baker channeling Sandra Dee of all people playing a deaf woman being tormented by a murderous stalker. It has some nice shadowy cinematography at times and while it does drag in places, it also has some nice suspense set pieces as well with a twist ending that generally makes sense even when it doesn't.

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4. Il consigliori a.k.a. The Counsellor (Alberto De Martino, 1973) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069916/
Man, this one seems to shamelessly rip off The Godfather with Martin Balsam in the Martin Brando role and Tomas Milan as the consigliori in the title. Still, this gritty crime thriller lacks the inflated sense of self-importance that The Godfather imposes on itself which does make it more unabashedly fun than the much more well-known Coppola picture.

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5. La mano che nutre la morte a.k.a. The Hand That Feeds The Dead (Sergio Garrone, 1974) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070368/
This one is a kind of low-rent gothic horror version of Eyes Without A Face starring Kinski as the doctor who kills to fix his wife's face which was left scarred in a horrible accident that took her father's life. Despite a premise with potential, the presence of Kinski is smashing attire and some squirmy but still cheesy skin peeling scenes, this movie was pretty dull.

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6. La polizia brancola nel buio a.k.a. The Police Are Blundering in the Dark (Helia Colombo, 1975) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073554/
A guy investigating a series of murders and a missing friend meets up with a weirdo in a wheelchair that may or may not have something to do with the murders. And geez, this is an oddball movie. While it is slow in places, it has such an offbeat tone with bizarre non-sequitor scenes and weird plot devices that I was pretty engaged. When a movie uses a mad photographer who has a contraption that can take photos of the inside of people's minds as a casual side plot, you're in for something good. I know some are disappointed by its lack of gore and actual sex but it does feature copious amounts of nudity, much of the time for no reason like a woman stripping down to her underwear to eat a pastrami sandwich. Why? Who cares? I dug it.

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7. E tanta paura a.k.a. Plot of Fear (Paolo Cavara, 1976) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074451/
So the setup here is pretty standard giallo with folks gettin' murdered and a children's book being left at the scene of the crime as a clue to the killer's motive. Plot of Fear differs from the standard giallo though by incorporating elements of the Italian political thriller which was also popular in the '70s, building up the mystery into a broader conspiracy that gives it a different feel than many gialli I've seen. It's hard to say if this one is actively good on its own or if it just seems pretty good because it's trying something different though.

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8. La polizia è sconfitta a.k.a. Stunt Squad (Domenico Paolella, 1977) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078336/
If you expected a poliziotteschi called Stunt Squad to have good action sequences, you would be correct. The plot isn't super-deep with basically a special police task force on motorcycles put together to combat rampant gang violence. It keeps a brisk pace though and features a good main villain too.

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9. Enigma rosso a.k.a. Red Rings of Fear (Alberto Negrin, 1978) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077505/
Three teenagers calling themselves the Inseparables are at the center of a murder investigation of a teenage girl. Maybe it was the poor quality VHS transfer on the DVD I have of this but frankly I thought this was pretty dull and poorly directed for a lot of it. It's very heavy on the procedural element, the nadir of the giallo, and just feels very flat and uninspired with a needlessly convoluted script and an out-of-nowhere random ending. Still I guess if you just want to see some boobs and blood, it does have a little of both.

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10. Malabimba (Andrea Bianchi, 1979) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079512/
Uh hm.... Well, this one definitely doesn't hold back. Capitalizing off the post-Exorcist demon possession boom in Italy in the mid to late 70s, Malabimba features a nubile, virginal youth possessed by a demon which drives to more and more obscene sexual acts of debasement. Extremely sleazy and X-rated, you pretty much know what you're getting into from the director of Strip Nude for Your Killer and Burial Ground. Subtlety is not a word generally associated with Andrea Bianchi.
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1. The Lickerish Quartet (Radley Metzger, 1970) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065981/
2. The Devil's Nightmare (Jean Brismée, 1971) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067592/
3. Il coltello di ghiaccio a.k.a. Knife of Ice (Umberto Lenzi, 1972) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068394/
4. Il consigliori a.k.a. The Counselor (Alberto De Martino, 1973) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069916/
5. La mano che nutre la morte a.k.a. The Hand That Feeds The Dead (Sergio Garrone, 1974) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070368/
6. La polizia brancola nel buio a.k.a. The Police Are Blundering in the Dark (Helia Colombo, 1975) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073554/
7. E tanta paura a.k.a. Plot of Fear (Paolo Cavara, 1976) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074451/
8. La polizia è sconfitta a.k.a. Stunt Squad (Domenico Paolella, 1977) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078336/
9. Enigma rosso a.k.a. Red Rings of Fear (Alberto Negrin, 1978) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077505/
10. Malabimba (Andrea Bianchi, 1979) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079512/
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2. Il caimano (The Caiman, 2006, Moretti) 5/10
3. Mia madre (2015, Moretti) 6/10
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2. Il caimano (The Caiman, 2006, Moretti) 5/10
3. Mia madre (2015, Moretti) 6/10
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peeptoad wrote: May 31st, 2021, 11:07 am Not sure I'll participate in the bonus challenge anyway, but I like the sub-genre option.
You could also do something with this list maybe?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/100_fil ... da_salvare

Or something related to one of the other June challenges.... just throwing ideas out.
A sub-genre bonus challenge I would like.
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02. Una lucertola con la pelle di donna (1971)
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1. Giu la testa /Duck you sucker! (71) imdb.com/title/tt0067140/ - rewatch

AKA A Fistful of Dynamite. Well worth the rewatch. Awesome chemistry between Steiger and Coburn. two of my favorite actors. It's darker and more serious than the Man with No Name trilogy.
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Melvelet wrote: June 2nd, 2021, 3:09 pm A quick reminder to please include IMDb links to support me with the updating/stats ;)
Missed that in the OP. Updated my post with IMDb urls.
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1. L'avventura (1960)
Don't know what all the fuss is about. This is a limp romantic drama wrapped around a pallid mystery. Overlong and enervated, it has all the vitality of an old dog on a very hot summer day. My 4500th check.
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Fixed first post with IMDB link, too!

2. City of the Living Dead-1980: 9/10
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The Italian Job
1. Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (1971)
2. The Perfume of The Lady In Black (1974)
3. The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971)
4. Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066735/

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With an intriguing premise, this gets off to a great start, intercut with eerie recurring nightmares of being beheaded and full of scenes of the protagonist losing his grip on things, assaulting a local mailman at one point. Alas, as the film plods on, things become increasingly less interesting with screen time taken up by supporting characters that vary from near-offensive caricatures to comical and lame - and the ending is a letdown with too much rambling.
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1. Salvatore Giuliano (1962) * 123 min.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055399/

Great movie about historical events that I was totally unfamiliar with.

*First time viewing.
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05. Indian Summer (1972) - 6/10
06. Phenomena (1985) - 8/10

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