Monday, May 12, 2008

Suggest some movies!

Hey can you guys suggest some movies to me that are set in Italy? I wanna get all excited about my trip! Thanks.


Anonymous said...

Under the Tuscan Sun

Jay Wright said...

Top 12 Films to Get You in the Mood for an Italian Vacation
From Martha Bakerjian,
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Best Films Set in Italy
Yes, you can read the guidebooks, look at pictures of Italian scenes, but nothing sets the mood for your Italian vacation better than watching an evocative film featuring sympathetic characters and stunning Italian landscapes. These might not be the most meaningful, or the most political films Italy has ever produced, but they're favored by folks who have a soft spot in their hearts for Italy.

1. Cinema Paradiso
Oscar-winning Cinema Paradiso is the story of a young Sicilian boy's love for the movies and his friendship with the projectionist at the local theater. It gives you a peek into the Italy of yesterday, with good music and a feeling for impoverished Sicily. The Brits have picked this as the best film of all time recently.

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2. Il Postino - DVD
The man selected to deliver letters to Pablo Neruda, exiled on an island off the coast of Italy, has his worldview changed by the poet, who returns to Chile, leaving the postman with dreams and aspirations he can't figure out how to achieve.

3. Bread and Tulips
A housewife starts a new life with a new man in Venice. The scenes in Venice are very good.

4. The Talented Mr. Ripley
While you might not warm up to Mr. Ripley himself, the beautiful Italian scenery is sometimes breathtaking. The movie is a thriller in English staring Matt Damon that takes place in several parts of Italy, including the Amalfi Coast.

5. A Room with a View
This Merchant Ivory production of an E.M. Forster turn-of-the-century novel has beautiful scenes of Tuscany.

6. Much Ado About Nothing
Set in the beautiful Tuscan countryside with magnificent scenery, this Shakespeare tale will get you in the mood for a trip to Tuscany. It's one of the easier Shakespeare plays to understand and it's in English.

7. The Wings of the Dove
A Henry James novel made into a film, this movie (in English) has lovely scenes of Venice.

8. Italian for Beginners
See Italy through the eyes of Danes as they meet for Italian lessons at the local community center. A good one to see in winter. It's really a film about fulfilling dreams, which just might be what that Italian vacation of yours does.
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9. Ciao, Professore!
Want to try to understand the difference between the north and south of Italy? Well, in this film a teacher applies to be transfered to a nice northern Italian city, when a typo on his application changes his destination from a village in the wealthy north to the impoverished south. He is forced to teach kids in a village where schooling is given a very low priority. Despite it all, this is a very upbeat film.

10. Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thief)
This highly acclaimed film will not bring a smile to your face. It is a gritty look at a man who needs a bicycle to do a job posting bills, and after selling the familiy linen to get one, the bicycle is stolen the next day. A look at Italy in 1948.

11. La Dolce Vita (1960)
While the films above represent rural Italy, by 1960 a bit of wealth was creeping into Italian cities, La Dolce Vita follows Marcello Mastroianni as a journalist who descends into "the sweet life of debauchery" as he chronicles the rich and famous in Rome.

12. Roman Holiday
Take a delightful romp around Rome with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in this 1953 movie set in Rome (in English).

Jessica Chapman said...

I was going to say Cinema Paradiso, but also, Life is Beautiful, and this is cheesy, but Under the Tuscan Sun.

auhays said...

No question about it...The Godfather and The Godfather Part II. Best movies ever made, and alot of it is in Sicily, which I guess is Italy. Man, those movies excite me!!!

Linzy said...

Ok, so this has NOTHING to do with Italy but you should see Into the Wild.. it rocks. love you have fun and bring us both back italian lovers.. yummy. jk

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