Movies

Favorite Italian Movies

What is your favorite Italian movies? How about favorite Movie Stars or Directors? Italian movies are all about love, romance and sex. Some of my favorite are:

  • La Dolce Vita
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Rome Adventure
  • Il Postino
  • Divorce Italian Style
  • Two Women
  • The Garden of the Finzi Contini
  • Benvenuti al Sud (PAL format only)
  • Benvenuti al Nord (PAL format only)
  • 8-1/2

My favorite Italian movie stars:

  • Marcello Mastroianni
  • Gian Maria Volontè
  • Giulietta Masina
  • Giancarlo Giannini
  • Totô
  • Anna Magnani
  • Sophia Loren
  • Isabella Rossellini
  • Gina Lollobrigida

My favorite Italian directors:

  • Federico Fellini … Federico Fellini … Federico Fellini
  • Victoria De Sica
  • Roberto Benigni
  • Franco Zeffirelli

We all have are favorites. Even the spaghetti westerns with Clint Eastwood were great. These were directed and filmed in Italy. They include:

  • A Fistful of Dollars
  • For a Few Dollars More
  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

These movies were originally in Italian but there was very little dialog so they could easily be translated to English and other markets.

What are your favorites?

George

 

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Eat Pray Love in Rome

One of our favorite movies is Eat Pray Love. Julia Roberts plays a perfect role in this movie. The movie is in three parts. The first takes place in Rome. She finds food there. The real taste of good food. The smell and the sight. What better scene than her eating authentic pizza in Naples.

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We think you can find all three words (eat, pray and love) in Italy. Certainly the food is the best. Praying takes a serene place to concentrate on your prayers. Italy has some of the best places to do this. Love is what Italy is all about.

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We love this move and the saying ” Dolce far niente” The sweetness of doing nothing.  Read this BLOG about one persons experience in Roma. They said Rome was “healing”! Italians really know better than we Americans how to live in the moment. How to appreciate your life and what you have. How to be thankful for what you have. Remember this each day of your lives and not just on Thanksgiving Day. Thank the family and friends in your life. Sit back and enjoy your life. DO NOT THINK ONCE ABOUT WORK. Be into Dolce Far Niente!

What better place than Italy to understand Dolce Far Niente. Take a trip and understand your romantic side. Be Italian for a short time.

George & Jo Anne

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Castelabate and Santa Maria Castelabate

Santa Maria Castelabate is a beach resort very near the town of Agropoli in southern Campania. Like most Italian towns it has a sister town, Castelabate, high up in the mountain and walled to protect against pirate invasions. Today the only invasions are from tourists. This town was the location of a very funny Italian movie called Benvenuti del Sud. This is an exaggerated movie on the differences between the Italian north and the south. The video is only in European DVD format (PAL).

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In the movie, a postal worker is assigned here from Milan. He wears a bullet proof vest and is told that the south is the wild west. There is a sign in the town that says here you do not die.

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In the movie the sign was changed to read here everyone dies. The town has an old castle at the top. The best parking is near here on the road up from Santa Maria Castelabate. After several sets of stairs down and small passageways we arrived at the piazza where the film was made.

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The bar at the end of the piazza was the Post Office in the movie.

Near the parking lot is a great place to eat overlooking the cliff down to Santa Maria Castelabate.

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At the base of the mountain on the sea is the beach town of Santa Maria Castelabate. It has a walkway called the Promenade. There are beaches and plenty of restaurants and bars. Parking along the Promenade is easy.

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These two towns have everything for a tourist. The beaches are beautiful, the mountain town has scenic views and the food, as always, is fantastic. Enjoy your stay. The town of Paestum is near here just north of Agropoli. Be romantic in the most romantic country in the world!

Tomorrow we visit Castelcivita for a scary ride up to this mountain town.

George & Jo Anne

 

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Eat Pray Love – ROME

Castel Sant' Angelo, Roma.

Castel Sant’ Angelo, Roma. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love the move and the saying ” Dolce far niente” The sweetness of doing nothing.  Read this BLOG about one persons experience in Roma. They said Rome was “healing”! Italians really no better than we Americans how to live in the moment. How to appreciate your life and what you have. How to be thankful for what you have. Remember this next week on Thanksgiving Day. Thank the family and friends in your life. Sit back and enjoy your life. DO NOT THINK ONCE ABOUT WORK. Be into Dolce Far Niente!

George & Jo Anne

 

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