From Europe - ITALY 5 (Comedy)

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2. Doctor, Beware (1941)

92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Teresa, a young orphan, falls in love with Pietro, a health inspector. She will try to bring order to his reckless life full of debts and lies.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Adriana Benetti, Irasema Dilián, Anna Magnani, Clara Auteri Pepe

Votes: 357

*** 1/2

3. Un garibaldino al convento (1942)

83 min | Comedy, Drama

An old woman's poignant reminiscence of her youth in a convent school: the happy moments, the sad ones and the tragic love for a Garibaldian.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Leonardo Cortese, María Mercader, Carla Del Poggio, Fausto Guerzoni

Votes: 111

*** 1/2

4. The Gold of Naples (1954)

Not Rated | 138 min | Comedy, Drama

A portrait of the people, the defects and the peculiarities of Naples in six different vignettes.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Silvana Mangano, Sophia Loren, Eduardo De Filippo, Paolo Stoppa

Votes: 1,316

****

5. Boccaccio '70 (1962)

Unrated | 205 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Inspired by Boccaccio's novellas, each episode focuses on sex, love and seduction in Italy's 1960s, an era of economic growth and major cultural changes.

Directors: Vittorio De Sica, Federico Fellini, Mario Monicelli, Luchino Visconti | Stars: Anita Ekberg, Sophia Loren, Romy Schneider, Marisa Solinas

Votes: 3,419

**** 1/2 Four of the great Italian masters direct a compelling cast in this funny and colorful anthology of four satirical tales inspired by Boccaccio's Decameron, that take place in 1960's Italy and explore a range of social, moral and sexual themes.

Episode 1: Renzo e Luciana - by Mario Monicelli, with Marisa Solinas and Germano Giglioli - Sober and socially poignant: **** (4 stars)

Episode 2: Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio - by Federico Fellini, with Anita Ekberg and Peppino De Filippo - Provocative and bizarre: **** 1/2

Episode 3: Il lavoro - by Luchino Visconti, with Romy Schneider, Tomas Milian and Romolo Valli - Elegant and intelligent: **** 1/2

Episode 4: La riffa - by Vittorio de Sica, with Sophia Loren - Entertaining and sexy: ****

6. Marriage Italian Style (1964)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The rich man Domenico and Filumena, a penniless prostitute, share great part of their lives in the immediate post WWII Italy.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Aldo Puglisi, Tecla Scarano

Votes: 7,345

****

7. The Witches (1967)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Five short stories loosely dealing with the roles of women in society.

Directors: Mauro Bolognini, Vittorio De Sica, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Franco Rossi, Luchino Visconti | Stars: Silvana Mangano, Annie Girardot, Francisco Rabal, Massimo Girotti

Votes: 1,193

****

8. Four Steps in the Clouds (1942)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

A family man travelling for work, Paolo Bianchi, meets on a train a lonely girl, Maria. He sees her again on a bus and she reveals him that she's in troubles: she's pregnant, her baby's ... See full summary »

Director: Alessandro Blasetti | Stars: Gino Cervi, Adriana Benetti, Giuditta Rissone, Carlo Romano

Votes: 309

**** 1/2

9. Father's Dilemma (1950)

84 min | Comedy

The daughter of Signor Carloni is about to take her first communion. A problem arises when the dressmaker spends too much time working on the girl's communion frock.

Director: Alessandro Blasetti | Stars: Aldo Fabrizi, Gaby Morlay, Ludmilla Dudarova, Lucien Baroux

Votes: 144

**** One of the first and funniest examples of neorealist comedy, featuring an amazing Aldo Fabrizi. This is a popular, sincere and at times grotesque portrait of the vices and virtues of the lower middle-class in 50's Rome. With satirical humor and overwhelming rhythm, director Blasetti and writer Zavattini give us not only a really brilliant comedy plenty of exhilarating moments, but also a great life lesson. A post-war gem.

10. Cops and Robbers (1951)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

Esposito is a thief who cons tourists in Rome. A lengthy persecution by police Bottoni, who manages to catch it starts. In an oversight Esposito manages to flee again. Bottoni superiors inform him that if no catches him will lose his job.

Directors: Mario Monicelli, Steno | Stars: Aldo Fabrizi, Totò, Ave Ninchi, William Tubbs

Votes: 1,164

11. Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

A motley quintet of inept small-time thieves attempt the burglary of a local pawnshop in this Italian farce.

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori, Totò

Votes: 8,339

*****

12. The Great War (1959)

Not Rated | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The Italian Army fought against the Austrians during World War I.

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Vittorio Gassman, Bernard Blier, Folco Lulli

Votes: 3,359

***** The 'Paths of Glory' of Italian Cinema. A monumental masterpiece that draws the viewer deeply into the tragedy of WWI, and in particular into the hell of the trenches on the Italian front. In a tragicomic tone, the story follows the adventures of a odd couple of coward soldiers (Gassman - Sordi), trying to survive by avoiding at all costs the battlefield, who finally turn into unintentional heroes. 'La grande guerra' is not a tale of heroism and bravery though. In a winning combination of drama, irony and real horror, this is a successful attempt to show the true feelings and fears of ordinary men and deal with the absurdity and contradiction of war. Realism and historical accuracy, objectivity and absence of rhetorical accents add value to the beauty of this work. Unique and perfect in every aspect, 'La grande guerra' is one of the finest (anti) war movies I've ever had the pleasure of watching.

13. The Passionate Thief (1960)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

On New Year's Eve, an insecure, struggling actress (Anna Magnani) has nothing to do. When a colleague invites her to a New Year's party, she jumps at the opportunity. Accidentally she runs ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Anna Magnani, Totò, Ben Gazzara, Fred Clark

Votes: 591 | Gross: $0.03M

****

14. For Love and Gold (1966)

120 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

A group of misfits, headed by an incompetent knight named Brancaleone, set out to reach the small town of Aurocastro so that their leader can take possession of the fief.

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Catherine Spaak, Folco Lulli, Gian Maria Volontè

Votes: 3,924

****

15. Brancaleone at the Crusades (1970)

116 min | Adventure, Fantasy, History

After saving an infant of royal blood, knight Brancaleone forms a new army and sets out to return the baby to his father: a prince fighting in the Crusades.

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Adolfo Celi, Stefania Sandrelli, Beba Loncar

Votes: 1,531

16. The Girl with a Pistol (1968)

M | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Sicilian woman, "dishonored" by her lover, goes to England with a pistol intending to murder him.

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Monica Vitti, Stanley Baker, Corin Redgrave, Anthony Booth

Votes: 892

****

17. My Friends (1975)

R | 140 min | Comedy, Drama

Necchi (a bar owner), Perozzi (a journalist), Melandri (an architect) and Mascetti (a broken nobleman) live in Florence. They have been friends since their youngest years and spend every ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Gastone Moschin, Philippe Noiret, Duilio Del Prete

Votes: 5,990

10/10 Italian-style comedy par excellence. Ugo Tognazzi, the supreme artist of 'supercazzola', is here at his best!

18. All My Friends Part 2 (1982)

127 min | Comedy, Drama

The four old friends meet on the grave of the fifth of them, Perozzi, who died at the end of the first episode. Time has passed but they are still up for adventures and cruel jokes, and ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Gastone Moschin, Adolfo Celi, Renzo Montagnani

Votes: 2,499

8/10

19. The Overcoat (1952)

Approved | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Based on Nikolai Gogol's story with the location changed from Russia to Italy and the time changed to the present (1952), the story is about a poor city-hall clerk (Renato Rascel) whose ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Renato Rascel, Yvonne Sanson, Giulio Stival, Ettore Mattia

Votes: 484

9/10

20. Mafioso (1962)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

When a good-natured factory supervisor living in Milan with his Northern wife returns to his native Sicily, a decades' old oath forces him to fulfill a nightmarish obligation.

Director: Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Norma Bengell, Gabriella Conti, Ugo Attanasio

Votes: 2,040 | Gross: $0.40M

****

21. Bread, Love and Dreams (1953)

90 min | Comedy, Romance

When a veteran marshal is sent to a small town, he quickly falls for two women: a midwife and an earthy young woman nicknamed "Frisky".

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Gina Lollobrigida, Marisa Merlini, Virgilio Riento

Votes: 1,172

22. Everybody Go Home! (1960)

122 min | Comedy, Drama, War

When Italy surrenders to the Allies, part of the Italian army is dispersed and soldiers begin to return to their homes.

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Serge Reggiani, Carla Gravina, Martin Balsam

Votes: 845

**** 1/2

23. Infanzia, vocazione e prime esperienze di Giacomo Casanova, veneziano (1969)

123 min | Biography, Comedy, History

Through the childhood and the adolescence of Giacomo Casanova (from his memoirs), this is a description of how people live in the Venice of the 18th century: customs, habits, medecine, ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Leonard Whiting, Maria Grazia Buccella, Lionel Stander, Raoul Grassilli

Votes: 228

****

24. The Scopone Game (1972)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama

Every year, a Countess invites a poor Italian family to play in a card game.

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Silvana Mangano, Joseph Cotten, Bette Davis

Votes: 1,803

25. Miseria e nobiltà (1954)

60 min | Comedy

"Miseria e Nobiltà" tells the story of the humble families of Felice Pasquale and his colleague who are hired by a Marquis who wants to marry the daughter of a rich but simple cook, So they pose as aristocrats.

Director: Mario Mattoli | Stars: Totò, Sophia Loren, Enzo Turco, Dolores Palumbo

Votes: 1,273

26. Toto, Peppino, and the Hussy (1956)

106 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Two clumsy provincial uncles visit a metropolis to stop the relationship between their nephew and a woman of ill repute.

Director: Camillo Mastrocinque | Stars: Totò, Peppino De Filippo, Dorian Gray, Teddy Reno

Votes: 1,407

****

27. The Band of Honest Men (1956)

106 min | Comedy

Three decent but clumsy men facing economic difficulties reluctantly start to fabricate counterfeit bills; the son of one of them is the cop who follows the case, ignoring his father's involvement.

Director: Camillo Mastrocinque | Stars: Totò, Peppino De Filippo, Giulia Rubini, Giacomo Furia

Votes: 1,033

****

28. Il vigile (1960)

104 min | Comedy

An unemployed man gets a job as traffic policeman but the traffic in the big city creates innumerous problems for the poor guy.

Director: Luigi Zampa | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Vittorio De Sica, Marisa Merlini, Mara Berni

Votes: 1,053

****

29. Divorce Italian Style (1961)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A married Sicilian baron falls in love with his cousin and vows to wed her, but with divorce illegal he must concoct a crime of passion to do away with his wife.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocca, Stefania Sandrelli, Leopoldo Trieste

Votes: 10,422

**** 172

30. Seduced and Abandoned (1964)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

A desperate Sicilian man, whose 15 year old daughter was seduced and impregnated by his older daughter's fiancé, tries to find a way to save the family's honor.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Saro Urzì, Stefania Sandrelli, Aldo Puglisi, Lando Buzzanca

Votes: 2,618

**** 1/2

31. The Birds, the Bees and the Italians (1966)

115 min | Comedy

Three stories, all set in Treviso. Various couple experience adultery at a party, a bank clerk abandons his wife for his mistress and all the men in the end are prosecuted for having intercourse with an underage girl.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Virna Lisi, Gastone Moschin, Alberto Lionello, Olga Villi

Votes: 1,077

**** 1/2

32. Phantom Lovers (1961)

101 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Several ghosts in an ancient palazzo in Rome join together to save their home from destruction. Mastrianni plays several parts and is hilarious. The other actors are great too.

Director: Antonio Pietrangeli | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Belinda Lee, Sandra Milo, Eduardo De Filippo

Votes: 422

****

33. A Difficult Life (1961)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Silvio refuses to fight for the fascists and joins the resistance with Elena. After the war, his vitriolic newspaper articles cause him to be sentenced to imprisonment.

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Lea Massari, Franco Fabrizi, Lina Volonghi

Votes: 1,266

34. Il Sorpasso (1962)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

An impulsive braggart takes a shy law student for a two-day ride through the Roman and Tuscany countries.

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Catherine Spaak, Claudio Gora

Votes: 7,963

*****

35. The Monsters (1963)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy

The myths of the sixties are satirized in 20 episodes.

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Vittorio Gassman, Lando Buzzanca, Marino Masé

Votes: 1,909

**** 1/2

36. In the Name of the Italian People (1971)

103 min | Comedy, Mystery

An obscure Italian magistrate suspects that a well-known industrialist commited murder, and decides to investigate him, and bring him to court, whatever it takes. But - will the magistrate ... See full summary »

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Vittorio Gassman, Ely Galleani, Yvonne Furneaux

Votes: 965

**** 1/2

37. The Fascist (1961)

102 min | Comedy

The quest of a fascist soldier whose mission is to catch a political enemy during the end of the WWII.

Director: Luciano Salce | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Georges Wilson, Mireille Granelli, Stefania Sandrelli

Votes: 538

9/10

38. White Collar Blues (1975)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy

A good-natured but unlucky Italian is constantly going on a difficult situations, but never lose his mood.

Director: Luciano Salce | Stars: Paolo Villaggio, Anna Mazzamauro, Gigi Reder, Giuseppe Anatrelli

Votes: 5,063

8/10

39. Il secondo tragico Fantozzi (1976)

110 min | Comedy

The frustrating adventures of a humble employee who all the time has to fullfill the wishes and desires of his bosses.

Director: Luciano Salce | Stars: Paolo Villaggio, Anna Mazzamauro, Gigi Reder, Ugo Bologna

Votes: 3,404

8/10

40. Letto a tre piazze (1960)

100 min | Comedy

Antonio married Amalia and went to fight in Russia during World War II. Since he didn't return Amalia thought he was dead, so she married another man. Many year after the war end, Antonio ... See full summary »

Director: Steno | Stars: Totò, Peppino De Filippo, Nadia Gray, Cristina Gaioni

Votes: 253

****

41. Hot Potato (1979)

99 min | Comedy

A factory worker known for his tough attitude and for fighting for workers' rights starts losing credibility when friends and co-workers see him helping a young gay man.

Director: Steno | Stars: Renato Pozzetto, Edwige Fenech, Massimo Ranieri, Mario Scarpetta

Votes: 470

8/10

42. Juliet of the Spirits (1965)

Not Rated | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

83 Metascore

Visions, memories, and mysticism all help a 40-something woman to find the strength to leave her cheating husband.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 10,454 | Gross: $0.08M

43. Roma (1972)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital, most of it based on director Federico Fellini's life.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Britta Barnes, Peter Gonzales Falcon, Fiona Florence, Pia De Doses

Votes: 10,590

*** 1/2

44. Amarcord (1973)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Magali Noël, Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia

Votes: 36,185

**** 1/2

45. And the Ship Sails On (1983)

PG | 128 min | Drama, History, Music

In 1914, a luxury ship leaves Italy in order to scatter the ashes of a famous opera singer. A lovable bumbling journalist chronicles the voyage and meets the singer's many eccentric friends and admirers.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Freddie Jones, Barbara Jefford, Victor Poletti, Peter Cellier

Votes: 4,970

46. The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Innocenti Totò and his son Innocenti Ninetto are drifting on a road in Italy, when they meet a Marxist speaking crow. The trio travels together in a long journey as their hunger increases.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi, Umberto Bevilacqua

Votes: 3,795

9/10

47. Omicron (1963)

102 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

An alien takes over the body of an Earthman in order to learn about the planet so his race can take it over.

Director: Ugo Gregoretti | Stars: Renato Salvatori, Rosemary Dexter, Gaetano Quartararo, Mara Carisi

Votes: 114

8/10

48. Il lungo, il corto, il gatto (1967)

90 min | Comedy

Two dim-witted servants to an elderly, wealthy woman learn that they are to inherent the late woman's money, on the condition that they have to care for her rambunctious pet cat, which turns it out is not easy to do.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Ivy Holzer, Giusi Raspani Dandolo

Votes: 70

7/10