Life Is Beautiful (1979 film)
Life Is Beautiful is a 1979 Italian-Soviet romantic drama directed by Grigory Chukhray. The action takes place in an unnamed country, ruled by a military junta which violently suppresses any free thought. Antonio Murillo is a former military pilot, dismissed from the army for refusing to sink a ship loaded with refugees. Now he periodically becomes a witness to the despotism of the authorities, his girlfriend Mary, waitress, is a member of an underground movement fighting against the dictatorship. Antonio, for all his dislike of the junta is not interested in politics, his dream is to save money and to become a pilot again, to own a private plane, but once he drives a man on his taxi. This causes him to come to the attention of the special services; because of that provocateur he ends up going to prison, where there are several members of the underground and ends up subjected to torture. Through ingenuity and mechanic skills he manages to save the life of underground fighters, disrupting the arranged provocation caused by the warden, organize an escape from prison.
Together with Maria, Antonio in a stolen taxi gets away from the police, uses a hijacked plane to leave the country. Giancarlo Giannini: Antonio Murillo Ornella Muti: Maria Stefano Madia: Paco Enzo Fiermonte: Maria's uncle Luigi Montini Life Is Beautiful on IMDb
Body Count (1986 film)
Body Count is a 1986 Italian slasher film directed by Ruggero Deodato. It was released in Germany as Body Count: Die Mathematik des Schreckens, in Denmark as Shamen. Body Count is one of the numerous sub-categorized "backwoods slashers" that occurred during the eighties made famous by Friday the 13th franchise and The Burning, along with such others as Don't Go in the Woods, Mother's Day, Just Before Dawn, The Final Terror and The Prey. A gang of vacationing teenagers drive out to an abandoned campsite, shut down years before, due to the murder of a young couple that occurred there; the area was an old Indian burial ground and is believed to be haunted by the spirit of an Indian shaman. One by one, the kids are killed off in gruesome ways, whom they believe to be the Indian shaman returned to life. Charles Napier as Charlie, the Sheriff David Hess as Robert Ritchie Bruce Penhall as Dave Calloway Mimsy Farmer as Julia Ritchie Nicola Farron as Ben Ritchie Andrew J. Lederer as Sidney Cynthia Thompson as Cissy Nancy Brilli as Tracy Stefano Madia as Tony John Steiner as Dr. Olsen Ivan Rassimov as Deputy Sheriff Ted Body Count was first released in 1986 in the United States and released in Italy on May 14, 1987.
Allmovie called it a "derivative slasher entry" and "one of Deodato's least interesting films." Todd Martin from HorrorNews.net gave the film a positive review, noting the film's flaws, most notably the lack of originality, uninteresting sub-plot. Kit Lively from Hysteria Lives! awarded the film 2.5 out of 5 stars, writing, "Although no film with David Hess, Mimsy Farmer AND Charles Napier could be a complete waste of time, Body Count is still routine. In addition to some bad dialogue, it features the most annoying variation on the chubby practical-joker character that I've seen, it takes too long for the killer to end the audience's discomfort. Still, it's boring, with a few good moments, many of the murders are pretty graphic." Body Count at AllMovie Body Count on IMDb Body Count at Rotten Tomatoes
Dear Father (film)
Dear Father is a 1979 Italian drama film directed by Dino Risi. It was entered into the 1979 Cannes Film Festival, where Stefano Madia won the award for Best Supporting Actor. Vittorio Gassman - Albino Millozza Andrée Lachapelle - Giulia Millozza Aurore Clément - Margot Stefano Madia - Marco Millozza Julien Guiomar - Parrella Joanne Côté - Laura Antonio Maimone - Enrico Andrew Lord Miller - James Piero Del Papa - Duilio Mario Verdon - Ugo Don Arrès - Marco Gérard Arthur - Rodolfo Sergio Ciulli - Gianni Clara Colosimo - Myrta Nguyen Duong Don - Pierre Dear Father on IMDb
Italy the Italian Republic, is a country in Southern Europe. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Austria and the enclaved microstates San Marino and Vatican City. Italy covers an area of 301,340 km2 and has a temperate seasonal and Mediterranean climate. With around 61 million inhabitants, it is the fourth-most populous EU member state and the most populous country in Southern Europe. Due to its central geographic location in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, Italy has been home to a myriad of peoples and cultures. In addition to the various ancient peoples dispersed throughout modern-day Italy, the most famous of which being the Indo-European Italics who gave the peninsula its name, beginning from the classical era and Carthaginians founded colonies in insular Italy and Genoa, Greeks established settlements in the so-called Magna Graecia, while Etruscans and Celts inhabited central and northern Italy respectively; the Italic tribe known as the Latins formed the Roman Kingdom in the 8th century BC, which became a republic with a government of the Senate and the People.
The Roman Republic conquered and assimilated its neighbours on the peninsula, in some cases through the establishment of federations, the Republic expanded and conquered parts of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. By the first century BC, the Roman Empire emerged as the dominant power in the Mediterranean Basin and became the leading cultural and religious centre of Western civilisation, inaugurating the Pax Romana, a period of more than 200 years during which Italy's technology, economy and literature flourished. Italy remained the metropole of the Roman Empire; the legacy of the Roman Empire endured its fall and can be observed in the global distribution of culture, governments and the Latin script. During the Early Middle Ages, Italy endured sociopolitical collapse and barbarian invasions, but by the 11th century, numerous rival city-states and maritime republics in the northern and central regions of Italy, rose to great prosperity through shipping and banking, laying the groundwork for modern capitalism.
These independent statelets served as Europe's main trading hubs with Asia and the Near East enjoying a greater degree of democracy than the larger feudal monarchies that were consolidating throughout Europe. The Renaissance began in Italy and spread to the rest of Europe, bringing a renewed interest in humanism, science and art. Italian culture flourished, producing famous scholars and polymaths such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Machiavelli. During the Middle Ages, Italian explorers such as Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, John Cabot and Giovanni da Verrazzano discovered new routes to the Far East and the New World, helping to usher in the European Age of Discovery. Italy's commercial and political power waned with the opening of trade routes that bypassed the Mediterranean. Centuries of infighting between the Italian city-states, such as the Italian Wars of the 15th and 16th centuries, left the region fragmented, it was subsequently conquered and further divided by European powers such as France and Austria.
By the mid-19th century, rising Italian nationalism and calls for independence from foreign control led to a period of revolutionary political upheaval. After centuries of foreign domination and political division, Italy was entirely unified in 1871, establishing the Kingdom of Italy as a great power. From the late 19th century to the early 20th century, Italy industrialised, namely in the north, acquired a colonial empire, while the south remained impoverished and excluded from industrialisation, fuelling a large and influential diaspora. Despite being one of the main victors in World War I, Italy entered a period of economic crisis and social turmoil, leading to the rise of a fascist dictatorship in 1922. Participation in World War II on the Axis side ended in military defeat, economic destruction and the Italian Civil War. Following the liberation of Italy and the rise of the resistance, the country abolished the monarchy, reinstated democracy, enjoyed a prolonged economic boom and, despite periods of sociopolitical turmoil became a developed country.
Today, Italy is considered to be one of the world's most culturally and economically advanced countries, with the sixth-largest worldwide national wealth. Its advanced economy ranks eighth-largest in the world and third in the Eurozone by nominal GDP. Italy owns the third-largest central bank gold reserve, it has a high level of human development, it stands among the top countries for life expectancy. The country plays a prominent role in regional and global economic, military and diplomatic affairs. Italy is a founding and leading member of the European Union and a member of numerous international institutions, including the UN, NATO, the OECD, the OSCE, the WTO, the G7, the G20, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Council of Europe, Uniting for Consensus, the Schengen Area and many more; as a reflection
Savage Breed is a 1980 Italian drama film directed by Pasquale Squitieri. It was entered into the 12th Moscow International Film Festival. Saverio Marconi as Mario Gargiulo Stefano Madia as Umberto Saraceni Imma Piro as Michelina Simona Mariani as Anna Saraceni Enzo Cannavale as Don Peppino Cristina Donadio as Giuliana Angelo Infanti as Carlo Esposito Victoria Zinny Manuel Laghi Geoffrey Copleston Savage Breed on IMDb
The Devil's Honey
The Devil's Honey, aka Dangerous Obsession, is a 1986 Italian erotic drama film directed by Lucio Fulci. This was director Lucio Fulci's big comeback film after he had spent more than a year recuperating from hepatitis. Johnny and Jessica are two young lovers embroiled in the throes of wild passion. Johnny is a musician is obsessed with sex and carries the protesting, but breathless, Jessica along with his erotic charm; the film opens at a recording studio where Johnny, after taking a break playing his saxophone, calls Jessica into the booth and sexually fondles her before other techs arrive and Jessica is forced to leave. Meanwhile, Dr. Wendell Simpson, is a surgeon with marital problems, he never makes love to his unhappy wife Carol, is obsessed with his work at the hospital. Carol has discovered that he makes regular visits to prostitutes during and after work, he visits Anna, a call girl at a local hotel where after fondling her and having quick but unsatisfying sex, forces her to leave after paying her.
The next day, Johnny continues his torrid affair with Jessica by forcing her to fondle him while riding on his motorcycle. Afterwords at their house, while Johnny fools around by riding around on his motorcycle he falls and hits his head on a stone plate. At first he appears fine, but in the recording studio, he collapses into a coma brought on by an apparent subdural hematoma; that evening, Carol demands a divorce from Dr. Simpson when he is called to the hospital in the operating room to perform emergency brain surgery on an injured musician. Carol follows Simpson right to the O. R. and springs the divorce plans. During the operation, Simpsons mind wanders, Johnny dies on the operating table. Driving away from the hospital, Simpson is chased by the grief-stricken Jessica who swears revenge on her boyfriend's "killer". Jessica starts making harassing phone calls to Simpson at his office. At a private golf club and Carol are playing on the links when they decide to make one final attempt to patch up their marriage.
Carol entices her husband to bed. Just as things start to happen as Simpson begins having sex with Carol, the telephone rings. After more than a dozen or more rings, Simpson feels compelled to answer despite the urgency of his wife's needs, he rolls off her to pick up the phone. However, the damage is done. Carol gets up, walks out on him for good. Seconds the telephone rings again; when Simpson picks it up right away, he hears Jessica's voice again saying, "why did you let him die?" Jessica becomes more deranged with grief, spending hours watching home videos of Johnny. The next day she pulls a gun on Simpson. Forcing him to drive to her house, she chloroforms him when they ties him up. Simpson regains consciousness to find an Alsatian dog barking furiously at him, tied up just inches away. Outside, Jessica is smashing his car with an axe, she informs her captive that she intends to kill him... but only when she's ready. Jessica sets about humiliating her captive by forcing him to eat dog food, having him lick her bare abdomen, smeared with his own blood from a wound she inflicts on him.
Simpson finds himself perversely attracted to his tormentor. Jessica's sadistic games go further when she forces Simpson at gunpoint to down to the beach outside the house. Whilst dragging him on a leash, she says she intends to drown him, does by holding him under the water of the surf, but she changes her mind and in a panic pulls Simpson out of the water and revives him. In a series of flashbacks, Jessica's memories are shown of her dead lover, which become more ambivalent as she recalls some of the cruelties and excesses Johnny was capable of. A baby she'd been carrying from her affair with Johnny miscarried at an early stage, her periods resume. In the present, her pet dog dies as well, she buries him on the beach. Growing more melancholic, she engages in further sex games with the submissive Simpson who listens with compassion to Jessica's ramblings about her life with Johnny, until she re-calls a final recollection which changes her mind about Johnny. Several months earlier, during a vacation getaway to Venice, Johnny bought Jessica an expensive bracelet to symbolize their love for one another.
Johnny and Jessica went to a local cinema with Nicky, a musical associate. During the movie, the two lovers embraced in a passionate kiss, but Jessica was horrified to discover that Johnny was letting Nicky go down on him; the memory of this kinky ménage-a-trois was the last straw. Back in the present, Jessica seeing the self-destructive person Johnny was, walks to the ocean and throws the "mystical bracelet" Johnny bought for her into the water. Jessica returns to the house where she tells him that he is free to go. Jessica goes upstairs to her bedroom, strips off all her clothes, lies down on her bed, puts the pistol to her head intending to kill herself. Seconds the besotted Simpson walks willingly into her bedroom and stops her from committing suicide by having sex with her as both of them are now drawn into a torrid passion of their own making; the film ends with Simpson and Jessica laying side by side in bed when Simpson recites a poem to Jessica that he said earlier in the film: "When you have spent your life like a fortune that never seemed to end.
A second chance will come like a long lost friend. Great joy will flush you hot. No more will you be cool for she is the Devil's hon
Vittorio Gassman, Knight Grand Cross, OMRI, popularly known as Il Mattatore, was an Italian theatre and film actor, as well as director. He is considered one of the greatest Italian actors and is remembered as an professional and magnetic interpreter, whose long career includes both important productions as well as dozens of divertissements, he was born in Genoa to a German father, Heinrich Gassmann, a Pisan Jewish mother, Luisa Ambron. While still young he moved to Rome, where he studied at the Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Drammatica. Gassman's debut was in 1942, with Alda Borelli in Niccodemi's La Nemica, he moved to Rome and acted at the Teatro Eliseo joining Tino Carraro and Ernesto Calindri in a team that remained famous for some time. In 1946, he made his film debut in Preludio d'amore, while only one year he appeared in five films. In 1948 he played in Riso amaro, it was with Luchino Visconti's company that Gassman achieved his mature successes, together with Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli and Paola Borboni.
He played Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' Un tram che si chiama desiderio, as well as in Come vi piace by Shakespeare and Oreste. He joined the Teatro Nazionale with Tommaso Salvini, Massimo Girotti, Arnoldo Foà to create a successful Peer Gynt. With Luigi Squarzina in 1952 he co-founded and co-directed the Teatro d'Arte Italiano, producing the first complete version of Hamlet in Italy, followed by rare works such as Seneca's Thyestes and Aeschylus's The Persians. In 1956 Gassman played the title role in a production of Othello, he was so well received by his acting in the television series entitled Il Mattatore that "Il Mattatore" became the nickname that accompanied him for the rest of his life. Gassman's debut in the commedia all'italiana genre was rather accidental, in Mario Monicelli's I soliti ignoti. Famous movies featuring Gassman include: Il sorpasso, La Grande Guerra, I mostri, L'Armata Brancaleone, Profumo di donna and C'eravamo tanto amati, he directed a lesser-known work by Alessandro Manzoni.
Gassman brought this production to half a million spectators, crossing Italy with his Teatro Popolare Itinerante. His productions have included many of the famous authors and playwrights of the 20th century, with repeated returns to the classics of Shakespeare and the Greek tragicians, he founded a theatre school in Florence, which educated many of the more talented actors of the current generation of Italian thespians. In cinema, he worked both in Italy and abroad, he met and fell in love with American actress Shelley Winters while she was touring Europe with fiancé Farley Granger. When Winters was forced to return to Hollywood to fulfill contractual obligations, he followed her there and married her. With his natural charisma and his fluency in English he scored a number of roles in Hollywood, including Rhapsody with Elizabeth Taylor and The Glass Wall before returning to Italy and the theatre. While rehearsing Hamlet, he began an affair with Anna Maria Ferrero, his 16-year-old Ophelia, which ended his marriage to Winters.
He and Winters were forced to work together on Mambo just as their marriage was unraveling, providing fodder for tabloids all over the world. He voiced Mufasa in the Italian version of The Lion King. Gassman married three actresses: Nora Ricci. In addition, he had an affair with actress Juliette Mayniel. In the 1990s he took part in the popular Rai 3 TV show Tunnel in which he formally and "seriously"' recited documents such as utility bills, yellow pages and similar trivial texts, such as washing instructions for a wool sweater or cookies ingredients, he rendered them with the same professional skill that made him famous while reciting Dante's Divine Comedy. On 29 June 2000, Gassman died of a heart attack at his home in Rome, aged 77. Kean L'Alibi Senza famiglia, nullatenenti cercano affetto Di padre in figlio Mufasa in The Lion King, dubbing James Earl Jones Narrator in Romeo and Juliet, dubbing Laurence Olivier Luca de' Numeri. Novel, in 1947 won the Fogazzaro prize, published in 1965 Un grande avvenire dietro le spalle.
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