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Italian Classics

Antonioni, Bertolucci, Pasolini, Rossellini – the melodic names that conjure up the greatest era of Italian cinema.

From the neo-realist urgency of Rossellini’s war trilogy to the studied alienation of Antonioni’s Red Desert, these are the milestones of a national cinema at its glorious peak.

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Bicycle Thieves
Bicycle Thieves
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Bicycle Thieves

Drama194889 minsDirector: Vittorio De Sica

Vittorio De Sica’s story of a father and son searching for a stolen bicycle on the streets of Rome is a classic of post-war Italian cinema.

Red Desert
Red Desert
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Red Desert

Drama1964117 minsDirector: Michelangelo Antonioni

Antonioni's mid-career masterpiece stars Monica Vitti as an emotionally anguished young woman embarking on a tentative affair with a businessman (Richard Harris).

Rocco and His Brothers
Rocco and His Brothers
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Rocco and His Brothers

Drama1960179 minsDirector: Luchino Visconti

Italian maestro Luchino Visconti’s epic drama follows a mother and her five sons who move from a small town to Milan, changing their lives forever.

The Tree of Wooden Clogs
The Tree of Wooden Clogs
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The Tree of Wooden Clogs

Period drama1978186 minsDirector: Ermanno Olmi

Ermanno Olmi’s Palme d’Or-winner, about the hardships faced by peasants in late 19th-century Lombardy, is a masterpiece of neorealism.

Journey to Italy
Journey to Italy
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Journey to Italy

Drama195486 minsDirector: Roberto Rossellini

Roberto Rossellini's acerbic but finally very moving masterpiece about marital crisis boasts great performances from Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders

Fear
Fear
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Fear

Drama195483 minsDirector: Roberto Rossellini

Roberto Rossellini’s film with Ingrid Bergman exploring the inner turmoil of a woman pushed to the edge through the guilt of her infidelity.

Theorem
Theorem
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Theorem

Drama196898 minsDirector: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pasolini’s classic about a handsome, enigmatic stranger (Terence Stamp) who arrives at a bourgeois household and seduces an entire family.

My Voyage to Italy (part one)
My Voyage to Italy (part one)
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My Voyage to Italy (part one)

Documentary2001120 minsDirector: Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese’s two-part love letter to Italian cinema is epic and sprawling in scope but also a deeply personal and moving testament to his passion for film.

My Voyage to Italy (part two)
My Voyage to Italy (part two)
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My Voyage to Italy (part two)

Documentary2001126 minsDirector: Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese’s two-part love letter to Italian cinema is epic and sprawling in scope but also a deeply personal and moving testament to his passion for film.

Medea
Medea
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Medea

Drama1970111 minsDirector: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini directs opera singer Maria Callas in a vivid adaptation of Euripides' Greek tragedy.

Before the Revolution
Before the Revolution
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Before the Revolution

Drama1964107 minsDirector: Bernardo Bertolucci

Bernardo Bertolucci's beautifully operatic film celebrates the passion and ideology of the 1960s, winner of the Cannes Critics' Week prize in 1964.

Stromboli, Land of God
Stromboli, Land of God
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Stromboli, Land of God

Drama1950100 minsDirector: Roberto Rossellini

In her first collaboration with Roberto Rossellini, Ingrid Bergman stars as a refugee who marries a fisherman and moves to a barren island.

Rome, Open City
Rome, Open City
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Rome, Open City

War1945103 minsDirector: Roberto Rossellini

Roberto Rossellini’s landmark of Italian neorealism often cited as one of the greatest films ever made.

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PAISÀ
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PAISÀ

War1946126 minsDirector: Roberto Rossellini

Roberto Rossellini’s ambitious and enormously moving follow-up to his breakthrough Rome, Open City.

Germany, Year Zero
Germany, Year Zero
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Germany, Year Zero

War194873 minsDirector: Roberto Rossellini

The concluding part of Roberto Rossellini’s celebrated War Trilogy, set amid the war-torn ruins of Berlin.

L'Amore
L'Amore
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L'Amore

Drama194880 minsDirector: Roberto Rossellini

Roberto Rossellini’s controversial two-part anthology film showcasing the manifold talents of his then-wife Anna Magnani.

The Machine that Kills Bad People
The Machine that Kills Bad People
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The Machine that Kills Bad People

Comedy195284 minsDirector: Roberto Rossellini

Roberto Rossellini's film about a photographer who is given the power to rid the Earth of 'evil-doers'.