|Don't Look Now 1973 R, 110 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Horror / Thriller
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Cast: Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania, Massimo Serato, Renato Scarpa, Leopoldo Trieste, David Tree, Giorgio Trestini, Sharon Williams, Ann Rye, Nicholas Salter, Bruno Cattaneo, Adelina Poerio
Following the drowning of their daughter, the grieving parents, Laura and John Baxter (Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland), move to Venice where they hope to forget the recent tragedy. But, there are unexplained murders occurring in Venice that serve as reminders of their loss. They try to contact their deceased daughter through the spirits of a medium who tells them that John's life is in danger, and the eerie events that follow lead to an unforgettable climax.
|Il Postino 1994 PG, 116 min.|
Genre: Foreign / Drama
aka: The Postman
Director: Michael Radford
Cast: Philippe Noiret, Massimo Troisi, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Linda Moretti, Renato Scarpa, Anna Bonaiuto, Mariano Rigillo
Chilean exile Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret) writes love lyrics solely to create romantic interest in himself. Then one day the postman (Massimo Troisi) explains to Pablo that "Poetry doesn't belong to those who write it, but to those who need it." Sadly, Massimo Troisi died of heart failure the day after this film was completed. Louis Bacalov won the Oscar for Best Original Dramatic Musical Score. Nominations were received for Best Picture, Actor (Troisi), Director, and Writing.
|Julia and Julia 1987 R, 95 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Director: Peter Del Monte
Cast: Kathleen Turner, Sting, Gabriel Byrne, Gabriele Ferzetti, Angela Goodwin, Lidia Broccolino, Alexander Van Wyk, Renato Scarpa, Yorgo Voyagis, John Steiner
This is a strange film, though interesting. After her husband dies in an auto accident, Julia (Kathleen Turner) decides to stay in Italy where she was wed. After a time, she is "transported" into a parallel world in which things turned out differently, and her husband is still alive and they have a child. She then alternately goes back and forth between the two worlds.
|On Guard! 1997 N/R, 128 min.|
Genre: Foreign / Adventure
Director: Philippe de Broca
Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Fabrice Luchini, Vincent Perez, Marie Gillain, Yann Collette, Jean-Francois Stevenin, Didier Pain, Philippe Noiret, Claire Nebout, Charlie Nelson, Renato Scarpa
Set in the late-17th century, this swashbuckling story involves the efforts of Lagardere (Daniel Auteuil) to regain the family inheritance for Aurore (Marie Gillain). During the greedy Gonzague's (Fabrice Luchini) plot to gain the family fortune 20 years earlier, Lagardere was a survivor–along with the rightful heir: an infant girl, Aurore. Now, Lagardere schemes to avenge the earlier atrocities.
|Roseanna's Grave 1997 PG-13, 98 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Romance
aka: For Roseanna
Director: Paul Weiland
Cast: Jean Reno, Mercedes Ruehl, Polly Walker, Mark Frankel, Giuseppe Cederna, Renato Scarpa, Luigi Diberti, Trevor Peacock, Fay Ripley, George Rossi, Robert Della Casa, Giovanni Pallavicino, Jorge Krimer, Daniele Ferretti, Paul Muller
Roseanna is dying and wants to be buried next to her daughter. BUT, there are only three plots left in the local cemetery, so her husband Marcello (Jean Reno) campaigns to keep fellow townsfolk alive. Meanwhile, Roseanna makes plans for her family's futures.
|The Son's Room 2001 R, 99 min.|
Genre: Foreign / Drama / Mystery
Director: Nanni Moretti
Cast: Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante, Jasmine Trinca, Giuseppe Sanfelice, Sofia Vigliar, Renato Scarpa, Silvio Orlando, Stefano Accorsi, Luciano, Paolo De Vita, Roberto De Francesco, Claudio Santamaria, Antonio Petrocelli, Lorenzo Alessandri, Emanuele Lo Nardo
In Northern Italy, a happily married psychologist, Giovanni (Nanni Moretti), lives with his wife, Paola (Laura Morante), daughter Irene (Jasmine Trinca), and son Andrea (Giuseppe Sanfelice). Life is good for the family–until Andrea drowns in a diving accident. Giovanni's ensuing grief affects both his professional and personal lives as he strives to pick up the pieces. This film won the Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001.
|1. Don't Look Now (1973)|
2. Il Postino (1994)
aka: The Postman
3. Julia and Julia (1987)
4. On Guard! (1997)
5. Roseanna's Grave (1997)
aka: For Roseanna
6. The Son's Room (2001)
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