Criterion Collection · Documentary · Italy · Neorealism · War

#499 Germany, Year Zero (1948)

#499 Germany, Year Zero 1948 // Italy // Roberto Rossellini Criterion Collection (LINK) Roberto Rossellini’s venture into the realm of realism on his war-torn homeland in Rome, Open City (1945) and Paisan (1946) had portrayed the German, aka the Nazi, as a pure corruption with hubristic personality and introverted sexuality, or otherwise a nameless, faceless abstraction… Continue reading #499 Germany, Year Zero (1948)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Italy · Neorealism · War

#498 Paisan (1946)

#498 Paisan 1946 // Italy // Roberto Rossellini Criterion Collection (LINK) After gaining critical acclaim for his post war neorealism entry Rome, Open City (1945), Roberto Rossellini, together with his collaborators Sergio Amidei, Federico Fellini and others, expanded their trait of approaching “reality” from one city to the whole country. Following the same spatial direction and chronological order of liberation… Continue reading #498 Paisan (1946)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Italy · Neorealism · War

#497 Rome, Open City (1945)

#497 Rome, Open City 1945 // Italy // Roberto Rossellini Criterion Collection (LINK) People expecting an utter “realism” in Rome, Open City as allured by the attached label of the groundbreaking neorealism may find themselves be disappointed by the artificiality of melodrama and the ordinariness of the style. The paradox is they are having a different kind… Continue reading #497 Rome, Open City (1945)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Italy · Neorealism

#854 The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)

#854 The Tree of Wooden Clogs 1978 // Italy // Ermanno Olmi Criterion Collection (LINK) Ermanno Olmi’s 1978 Palme d’or winning film The Tree of Wooden Clogs is a three hour epic masterpiece that have been largely sidelined in the discussion of Italian cinema. It has not been forgotten for sure, the major awards it earned… Continue reading #854 The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Italy

#817 Le amiche (1955)

#817 Le amiche 1955 // Italy // Michelangelo Antonioni Criterion Release Date: 7 Jun 2016 (LINK) Watching the fourth feature of Antonioni just reminded me how radical and transformative his later achievement in the 60s on modernistic cinema was. There are glimpses of Antonioni’s detached characteristics on human relationship, vacuous space and architecture, ferocious life of bourgeoisie in… Continue reading #817 Le amiche (1955)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Italy · Neorealism

#792 Bitter Rice (1949)

#792 Bitter Rice 1949 // Italy // Giuseppe De Santis Criterion Release Date: January 12, 2016 (LINK) Before the monthly release announcement of Criterion, the name of the Italian director Giuseppe De Santis is unheard of in my limited knowledge. Nope, I haven’t heard of the film Bitter Rice neither. Besides Bitter Rice, there has been a small… Continue reading #792 Bitter Rice (1949)