1. La Meglio Gioventù (2003)
This is the longest film in my Top 5 with a running time of approximately six hours. However, the length of the movie never even crossed my mind as I became consumed with this film and its characters. It originally aired on television as a 4-part “mini-series” and later was released to theatres. It has made many appearances at Film Festivals across the globe winning numerous nominations and awards. The film spans over four decades (1966-2003) and follows the life of two brothers as they journey from young men into adults. The film focuses on so many subjects including family, friends, politics, love, tragedy, and faith. It is one of my all-time favourite films.
2. Tre Metri Sopra Il Cielo (2004)
One of my favourite Italian actors right now is Riccardo Scamarcio. So naturally, when it came time to find movies to watch in Italian I immediately turned to IMDB and searched for movies that had him in a starring role. This movie is your typical “bad boy meets good girl and they fall in love” type story but it also gives you a glimpse into their vastly different worlds and how it effects their lives and their decisions. It has all the elements of a good love story and yet isn’t all fairy godmothers and happily ever afters.
3. L’Uomo Perfetto (2005)
Romantic comedies get a bad rep sometimes don’t you think? Doesn’t matter, I still love them. This film introduces us to a young woman in advertising who has always been in love with her very good friend Paolo. But, when he gets engaged to her best friend she will do whatever she can to make sure this marriage doesn’t happen. So, what does she do? She hires a struggling actor and moulds him into the “perfect man” who will sweep her best friend off her feet. But in true romantic comedy fashion, things don’t go entirely according to plan. This movie is light-hearted and funny and sure it may be a little bit predictable but every now and then you need a good dose of predictable chick flick goodness 🙂
4. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Cinema Paradiso is definitely a classic – there’s a reason it won an Oscar in 1990 for Best Foreign Language Film. This coming-of-age story set in a small Sicilian town is heart-warming, beautiful and moving. A small boy with a passion for the movies spends countless hours in the local movie-house where he befriends the projectionist who would set him on a journey towards his destiny. The movie brings together so many elements that shape our lives – joy, pain, laughter and tears. If you love the movies, I highly recommend this one.
5. La Dolce Vita (1960)
An enchanting and glamorous woman dancing in the Fontana di Trevi late at night is probably one of the most recognized scenes in film history. “La Dolca Vita”, directed by Federico Fellini, has earned it’s right to be called a “masterpiece”. It follows a young ambitious journalist as he is swallowed up into the world of the wealthy in Rome. What does it mean to live “la dolce vita” and if we choose to live it will live up to our expectations or leave us empty?
I’ve showed you mine, now you show me yours. What are your Top 5 Italian Movies?