Drama

Italian drama movies

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Purple Sea – Viola di mare

Purple Sea (Italian: Viola di mare, also known as The Sea Purple) is a 2009 Italian romance drama film directed by Donatella Maiorca. It is based on the non-fiction novel Minchia di re written by Giacomo Pilati. The film...
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His Secret Life – Le fate ignoranti

His Secret Life is a 2001 Italian drama film directed by Turkish-Italian film director Ferzan Özpetek. Plot When Antonia's husband Massimo is killed in a car accident, she accidentally discovers that he has been having a same-sex affair with a produce...
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Saturn in Opposition – Saturno contro

Saturn in Opposition (Italian: Saturno contro) is a 2007 Italian drama film directed by Ferzan Özpetek. The Turkish title is Bir ömür yetmez. It had its United States premiere at Frameline in San Francisco on 20 June 2008. Plot Saturn in...
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Facing Windows – La finestra di fronte

Facing Windows (Italian: La finestra di fronte) is a 2003 Italian movie directed by Ferzan Özpetek. Plot Giovanna (played by Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and her husband Filippo (Filippo Nigro) have settled into life. They both have jobs that make them unhappy. She...
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Terraferma

Terraferma (English: Dry Land) is a 2011 Italian drama film directed by Emanuele Crialese. The film premiered at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. The film was selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at...
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Caterina in the Big City – Caterina va in città

Caterina in the Big City is a 2003 Italian movie directed by Paolo Virzì and written by Virzì and Francesco Bruni. Caterina (Alice Teghil) is the 13-year-old only child of Giancarlo Iacovoni (Sergio Castellitto), an aspiring novelist and teacher of...
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Death in Venice – Morte a Venezia

Death in Venice (original Italian title: Morte a Venezia) is a 1971 Italian-French drama film directed by Luchino Visconti and starring Dirk Bogarde and Björn Andrésen. It is based on the novella Death in Venice, first published in 1912...
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Steam – The Turkish Bath / Hamam – Il bagno turco

The Turkish Bath is a 1997 Italian-Turkish-Spanish film directed by Ferzan Özpetek about the powerful transformations certain places can cause in people. Plot Francesco (Alessandro Gassman) and Marta (Francesca d'Aloja) are an uptight Italian couple running a small design firm. Their...
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I Am Love – Io sono l’amore

I Am Love (Italian: Io sono l'amore) is a 2009 Italian film directed by Luca Guadagnino set around 2000 in Milan. The film follows an haute bourgeoisie family through changing times and fortunes, and its disruption by the forces...
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My Brother Is an Only Child – Mio fratello è figlio unico

Through the 1960s and 1970s, a pair of brothers (Elio Germano and Riccardo Scamarcio) battle over love and ideas in this Italian drama. The movie also stars Angela Finocchiaro and Luca Zingaretti. Plot Accio (Elio Germano) and Manrico (Riccardo Scamarcio) are...
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The First Beautiful Thing – La prima cosa bella

The First Beautiful Thing (Italian: La prima cosa bella) is a 2010 Italian drama film directed by Paolo Virzì, produced by Medusa Film, Motorino Amaranto and Indiana Production, released in Italy on 15 January 2010. The film stars Micaela...
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Il Divo

For more than 50 years, he has been Italy s most powerful, feared and enigmatic politician. And as Giulio Andreotti begins his seventh term as Prime Minister, he and his hardliner faction take control of a country reeling from...
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1900 – Novecento

1900 is an epic film of massive scope, power and controversy. It is both a vast history of the 20th Century Italy and an intimate portrait of two friends, both born on January 1, 1900. the son the socialist...
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Nights of Cabiria – Le notti di Cabiria

A happy, laughing Cabiria (Giulietta Masina) is standing on a river bank with her current boyfriend and live-in lover, Giorgio (Franco Fabrizi). Suddenly he pushes her into the river and steals her purse which is full of money. She...
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La Notte

This psychologically acute, visually striking modernist work was director Michelangelo Antonioni’s follow-up to the epochal L’avventura. Marcello Mastroianni (Divorce Italian Style) and Jeanne Moreau (Jules and Jim) star as a novelist and his frustrated wife who, over the course...
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Shoeshine – Sciuscia’

Another Italian Neorealist masterpiece by Vittorio De Sica. Masterfully revealing post-WWII Italy, Academy Award®-winning director Vittorio De Sica (The Bicycle Thief) depicts the lives of two boys entrenched in a world of poverty and violence. Hoping to escape the harsh...
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Bellissima

Oscar® winner Anna Magnani (The Rose Tattoo) stars as a screen-struck mother, convinced that her daughter's star potential is her ticket to a better life, in a performance that Hollywood legend Bette Davis called "brilliant, uninhibited and full of...
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Pier Paolo Pasolini Collection, Vol. 2 (Accattone / The Hawks and the Sparrows /...

This special three disc set contains: Accattone, The Hawks and the Sparrows, and the Gospel According to St. Matthew - all available for the first time on DVD. Accattone, Pasolini's first film, is a harrowing realistic and unsentimental look inside...
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Pier Paolo Pasolini Collection, Vol. 1 (Oedipus Rex / Porcile / Love Meetings)

Oedipus Rex A son is born to a young couple in pre-war Italy. The father, motivated by jealousy, takes the baby into the desert to be abandoned, at which point the film’s setting changes to the ancient world. The child...
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Mamma Roma

Anna Magnani is Mamma Roma, a middle-aged prostitute who attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Filmed in the great tradition of Italian neorealism, Mamma Roma offers an unflinching look at the...

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