can you believe i just learned,
from reading fucking fanfiction, that this year’s world championships are held in helsinki? at the end of this month?
next question, would it be insane to pay
for the exhibition ticket? i could go see the short programs too, expect for the fact that they begin at 12:30pm on a thursday when i have classes… unless i skip? oops? and i would have loved to see the free programs but there are only vip tickets available and they’re like 230e which i really can’t afford fml :/
Hi there! I'm taking Italian right now, and we can get extra credit by watching Italian language films and reviewing them. I really love mysteries and horror (but things like comedy or romance are also good), and I was wondering if you had any recommendations? The only stipulation is that they have to be completely in Italian. Thanks!
OK THIS IS MY TIME TO SHINE.
I love getting asks like these and I LOVE italian cinema you can guess that by my tag about italian cinema.
@iamartemisday I’m publishing this because someone might be interested in this.
So ok, Italian cinema suffers from the fact that we lack the economic resources hollywood has, so we almost never have ‘genre’ cinema. Such as Horror movies or action movies, because they are generally expensive and are more nieche than production house can allow themselves to invest into. I’ll see what I can find. I’ll post a bit of genre we cover, even though you might not be interested BUT we italian do not span a lot in terms of cinematic stuff. We tend to stick to single types of movies.
I’m not a great connoisseur of horror and I know it was great only in the 70es and 80es. so we’re talking old school here. I can name a few movies that have reached cult status here:
But yeah, it’s not our most prolific genre. I can’t think of anything else (I know @janiedean is better versed than me in horror genre.)
Mysteries is something we’re indeed more in tune with. We like our mystery novels and mystery series. Super weird thing to know, we call the genre ‘Giallo’, which means literally ‘yellow’, if you’re curious as to why I explained it here. (it’s weird and kinda cool). It’s more like… detective stuff than full on mystery/thriller.
First thing I recommend it’s not a movie but a tv show with episodes that are movie-long. I know the books were translated and the tv show was shown on the bbc with english subtitles so I’m sure it’s easy to find at least a couple of episodes: Il Commissario Montalbano. Ok he’s a detective in a really small sea-side city in sicily and there’s this great atmosphere and cinematography (despite being for tv) and it’s a love note to sicily and its inhabitants. here a trailer with eng subs. Really we have a fandom for this. I have fanart with montalbano eating caponata. We also once made a series of posts about a wonderful Montalbano/Captain america crossover which is… frankly a thing of beauty. You get TONS of stuff even by watching this one only by the way.
What we are REALLY big on is mafia movies. Which are usually completely different from hollywood movies about mafia. If you’re interested in a different perspective:
I Cento Passi di Marco Tullio Giordana. It’s about Peppino Impastato, who in the 70es who had a radio broadcast and was killed by mafia. It focuses a lot on the period when no one still talked about it. And it’s a really amazing movie if you ask me
La mafia uccide solo d’estate by Pif. This one is a dark commedy but I’m not 100% sure it can be understood if you don’t know all the history around that. It’s about a kid who lives in palermo and lives his life and COMPLETELY MISSES all the gigantic stuff that happens around him related to mafia. You sort of need to at least know names like Dalla Chiesa or Borsellino and Falcone to actually know what this kid is missing out… So I’m not sure. but it’s fun though. and his personal history is a romantic comedy
Gomorrah by Matteo Garrone is super crude. Trailer here It’s about the modern neapolitan mafia and it’s a novelization from Roberto Saviano’s book about the methods of Camorra (the neapolitan mafia). The movie won at cannes but they made a tv series after that and I have yet to watch it but almost everyone I know say it’s better than the movie: here english trailer
Romanzo Criminale by Michele Placido is about a band of criminals who run rampant here in rome called “la banda della Magliana” in the 70es and had tons of political connections. This is another movie where the tv series is actually better than the original…?! I know it makes no sense for me either. I have a special love for this one mostly because I’m from Magliana and everything is set in my neighborhood.
Realistic stuff - drama - neorealism
Ok so what we’re really great with is neo-realism and realistic shit. So we talk a lot about class. and class struggles. and more class. The first and the one who basically made history of cinema (you might find his works in the criterion collection) is Vittorio De Sica. He’s amazing. Bring tissues.
Ladri di Biciclette is his absolute masterpiece. It’s about a guy who just found a job after months and months of searching but as soon as he gets it his bicycle get stolen, and the bicycle is the most important thing to have for this job. So he starts looking for it, with his son.
Umberto D. is about a retired guy and his debt and his dog. it’s terrible. that fucking dog. makes me cry every time.
Sciuscià is about two kids who work as shoe-shiners
La Ciociara is I believe the first dramatic role for Sophia Loren (she mostly worked comedies before then). it’s about a woman trying to shield her daughter from the horrors of war (WWII)
Matrimonio all’italiana is slightly more cheerful. just a bit tho. based on the play ‘filumena marturano’ by Eduardo De Filippo it’s about a prostitute who tries to set her 3 sons, economically. she has a way, she tells a rich old client of hers, Domenico, that one of the 3 children is his son, but she won’t tell him which one.
Roberto Rossellini. is another neo-realist director. so expect tears here as well.
Roma Città aperta is the absolute masterpiece of italian cinema. Stories about the resistance in Rome during WWII
Paisà is a multi-episode movie about stories during WWII
I can go on with this stuff for HOURS but you didn’t ask for drama, so some romantic drama stuff can be:
Il Gattopardo which is a cinematographic masterpiece look at this set. Is based during the time of italian’s unification, in the sicilian nobility and its problems trying to adequate themselves to new times
Il Postino it’s completely fictional but about Pablo Neruda when he spent a period in exile for political reasons. he didn’t spend it in italy but who cares. It’s about his friendship with a shy postman. Makes me cry every fucking time mostly because it ends in a way it wasn’t supposed to end because the main actor died a couple of weeks before filming ended and he was a really great beloved actor here in italy.
Nuovo Cinema paradiso is another splendid one about sicily and the life in a small city and dreaming about cinema….
Life is beautiful This is technically a comedy but it’s bittersweet and really a drama. It’s about a father who tries to shield his son and make up stories about the horror of the holocaust while being in a concentration camp with him. It won three academy awards btw.
and now that I look at my recs those aren’t even ‘romantic’ in the sense of boy meet girl… they just have that romantic feeling about it….
Old school comedies are something that really work well still this day:
I soliti ignoti by Mario Monicelli might be right there on top of my fave chart right beside some like it hot. it’s a heist movie. if we can call it that. Such an heist.
Il Marchese del Grillo talks about a marquis who spend his life playing practical jokes on pretty much everyone, from the lowest poor guy to the pope himself.
Benvenuti al sud is nice. it makes fun of stereotypes between north and south italy, it must be peculiar to watch it from an external perspective.
Non ci resta che piangere. Time travel commedy…?! it’s about two guys who finds themselves in 1400 (almost 1500!) and they decide to sto columbus to find america because one of the character’s sister had her heart broken by an american and if america is never discovered she won’t suffer, won’t she? makes tons of sense.
Ok this is weird from such a catholic country but we have those.
Una Giornata particolare by Ettore Scola with Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. It’s about the day Hitler came in visit in Rome, everyone is out the street and the palace where the story is set is empty except for this desperate lower class housewife and this intellectual who’s about to be deported to sardinia for being gay
Le fate ignoranti Antonia’s husband just died when she finds out he had a lover, so she decides to seek her out. Except that her late husband lover is Michele, a guy who works at the farmer’s market and she get sucked in this lovely community of friends.
La finestra di fronte is basically food porn from end to finish. I’m not even sure how to talk about it. it’s about gay bakers in fascist era. this one’s kinda sad.
Magnifica presenza is about this wannabe actor who lend a REALLY CHEAP HOUSE only to find out it’s infested by the ghosts of a company of 1930es theatre actors. still a lgbt movie btw. Also really funny.
Mine Vaganti talks about this southern family from a really closed off little city. One day one Tommaso gets back from Rome and tells his brother Antonio he wants to come out with his family. at dinner. Bad Idea. So Antonio decides to come out first and since that fuss at the dinner table made and Tommaso is stuck with his family, playing hetero.
I’m going to fit in here Il Giovane Favoloso as well. fight me. Leopardi/Ranieri OTP and I’m sure the director thought it as well. This is about one of our most beloved literature figures. I’m sure it will get you plenty of points in class btw. Leopardi was a poet from the 19th century, he was really sick and spent his whole life studying in his father’s library. Also this really isn’t a lgbt movie BUT WATCH IT AND THEN TELL ME IF THERE WASN’T SOMETHING THERE. I’ve been saying that since high school.
Yeah well, APPARENTLY. but a single one unfortunately.
Last year a movie came out that was……? I don’t know, celebrated as the return of italian cinema to ‘genre’ and won like every single movie prize you can win here in italy and venice and frankly you can ask anyone who saw it they’ll tell you that’s better than anything marvel have done until now and they better step up their game.
Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot by Gabriele Mainetti. If you need a reference is much more on the lines of netflix’s superheroes. It’s heavily contextualized in Rome and its really poor neighborhoods and the main character is a porn-addict low level thief who fall into the river Tiber where radioactive waste were in and comes out with superpowers. And the villain is another low level drug kingpin wannabe with tons of monetary problem and who want to make it big. After failing to be a pop star (THIS is the villain ok? I love him. he has SO MANY PROBLEMS)
So, what you can understand now from italian cinema: we like dramas. and mafia stuff. and lots of drama. Which maybe it’s not what you prefer but I hope I’ve given you enough movies to choose something.
I was also a tiny bit stopped by practical stuff like “will you be able to find it subbed in english?” and several comedies couldn’t be listed because they are very untranslatable and would fall flat for international audiences…
And I didn’t even cover the political shit. that a whole other can of worms I won’t subject you to…. I’ll wait for @janiedean‘s reply on horror stuff.
Those evenings, when the world seemed wrong, it was good to have a friend. Even in a job where one couldn’t trust the other, where lies were sign of their trade, skepticism a qualification; it was still good to have someone to share smiles with, knowing someone always would have your back, or just sit there to watch sitcoms from the 80es or 90es, back when they either weren’t born or still shitting their pants.
Those evenings, when they left their bespoke suits and worries on the side, just ordered take-out and were drinking beer, staring at a TV screen and laughing at jokes which were relevant 20 years ago but now laughed because the audience was laughing. But it was always a weird feeling of homecoming, watching these shows. Nothing could go wrong there. Everything would always get better again at the end of the episode, and if something gutwrenching would happen, they had eachother to count upon.
Her gaze went from the screen to Eggsy, and she leaned forward to open his bottle, as of a not spoken understanding, having eachother’s back, always. Being it just to enforce drinking habits, having a laugh, or in a fight. Something they could both trust. A slight smile on her lips, warm, not smiling because she had to, but because she wanted to.
“You know the theme song?” She curiously raised her eyebrows and gave him a nudge as soon as the piano started to play.
Thank you for being a friend…
@kingsmanmakings, this is for you. One of my first contacts here and I was so happy that you answered to my lonely starter call, and you’ve become one of my favourite people on this site. I love your Eggsy, I love our muses relationship and that you also seem so invested in it, to have headcanons, plans and ideas? You mustn’t feel bad about how we don’t write as much, I love reading your Eggsy! And I also love you so much, you’re a pal and a confidant <3
Hey guys! Since I’m one vacation I’m not very active even though I have internet.
But god I hate it.
It’s all very pretty and stuff but already the start was as horrible as possible. I need to sleep in a tent because it’s not enough space in our camping car. Wouldn’t be a big deal if it would be good weather. But it isn’t. Heavy rain and thunderstorms in the night, unbelievable heat over the day. Little screaming annoying kids anywhere who think they could try me and stalking me. I’m friendly to children even though I hate them but at some point I just wanna be a bitch and I’m going to be if this lil ass kid won’t stop fucking stalking me. Ugh.
Plus point for horrible vacation: We are at a lake, beautiful and stuff. Problem is I only own a pair of swim shorts which I forgot home. It’s not easy to find a fitting swim top for 80E boobs which doesn’t look like some old woman’s fashion. N O T easy. So I just swim in sport bras with some old tshirts and short trousers. Guys I’m never ever going on camping vacation with my patchwork family again. Never. (I already said it last year tho but srsly I just want to cry all day long. Send help.)