Un Po’ di Cultura: Must-See Italian Films

Interested in Italian film but not sure where to start? Check out these top three films recommended by the staff of our very own Italian Studies program:

1. La Meglio Gioventù, 2003, directed by Marco Tullio Giordana. This film follows the lives of two brothers as they traverse the experiences of love, disaster, political strife, and growing up. Recommended for its combination of personal, political, and historical perspectives.

2. Ladri di Biciclette, 1948, directed by Vittorio de Sica. This film is about a young father in post-war Rome who relies on a bicycle to do his job putting up posters around the city, and the struggle he goes through when the bicycle is stolen. Recommended for its simplicity and clever focus on a single symbol (the bicycle).

3. Pane e Tulipani, 2000, directed by Silvio Soldini. This film follows an Italian housewife on her spontaneous adventure to Venice. Recommended for its perspective on contemporary Venice and its “sweet and funny love story”.

Courtesy to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com).

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