Category Archives: Italian Cinema

My body, my choice: “Vergine giurata” [2015, Italy, Albania]

There’s no need for alarm; we needn’t fear a militant or agenda-driven feminist narrative in Laura Bispuri’s debut feature “Vergine giurata” [Eng. Title: Sworn Virgin]. It is rather a nuanced critique of restrictive sexual and cultural norms in some communities … Continue reading

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It’s in the blood: “Sangue del mio sangue” [2015 Italy]

Marco Bellocchio returns with his kin to give us two hauntingly connected tales from different times in his drama “Sangue del mio Sangue” [Eng. Title: Blood of My Blood].
The first half of the film is set in a cloistered … Continue reading

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A film review: “La pelle” [1981 Italy]

Liliana Cavani:
Veteran Italian director Liliana Cavani’s films aren’t always easy to love because they tend to tackle subjects that are often skirted around during mainstream discourse, and because they make for uncomfortable viewing and also leave behind a bitter aftertaste. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Rich filth: “Suburra” [2015 Italy]

Stefano Sollima, already successful in Italian television, impresses an international audience for the first time, and in no uncertain terms in his second feature film, the gritty crime drama “Suburra”.
The title metaphorically alludes to a seedy quarter of classical Rome … Continue reading

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A brief film review: “Ma che bella sorpresa” [2015 Italy]

Alessandro Genovesi’s comedy-fantasy “Ma che bella sorpresa” [Eng. Title: What a Lovely Surprise!] is one among the many escapist fantasies frequently aimed at a mainstream audience, but for what it is worth, the film does it well.
Set in Naples, the film … Continue reading

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