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Italian Directors - Marco Bellocchio

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My Mother's Smile
Marco Bellocchio
Though the Roman Catholic Church deemed it blasphemous, most critics were in awe of this masterly, provocative drama from Marco Bellocchio (Fist in the Pocket). Sergio Castellitto stars as Ernesto, a painter and avowed atheist who is stunned when he discovers that the Vatican is considering making his mother a saint. Summoned to testify as to her worthiness for beatification, Ernesto is forced to confront his deep-seeded hatred for the stern and unaffectionate woman. "Uncannily human and deeply humanist" (Village Voice). Includes video interviews with director Marco Bellocchio and actor Sergio Castellitto, a conversation between Bellocchio and Castellitto, A Day on the Set featurette, trailer, and 5.1 sound. In Italian with English subtitles. Italy, 2002, 102 mins.
DVD | $44.95  


Italian Directors - Marco Bellocchio


Fists in the Pocket
Marco Bellocchio
Director Marco Bellocchio began his career auspiciously with this unrelentingly bleak and harrowing work of Italian Neo-Realism. Unjustly ignored for decades, the drama paints a powerful portrait of a family wracked by illness, infidelity, suspicion, and depravity. Plagued by his relatives, Augusto (Marino Mase) is loathe to marry for fear of saddling his new bride with incorrigible in-laws. In an act of misguided sympathy, Augusto's brother Alessandro (Lou Castel) plots to murder his relatives as a means for freeing his brother. The DVD is a Criterion Collection Edition, and includes video interviews with director Marco Bellocchio, actors Lou Castel and Paola Pitagora, and editor Silvano Agosti, trailer, and more. In Italian with English subtitles. Italy, 1965, 105 mins.
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Good Morning, Night
Marco Bellocchio
A restrained and sobering study of the 1978 kidnapping and murder of Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro, Marco Bellocchio's (Fist in the Pocket) historical drama assumes the point-of-view of a female member of the terrorist organization who plotted the radical coup. As Chiara (Maya Sansa) grows sympathetic to the hapless Moro, she finds herself drawn to a leftist activist who condemns the Red Brigade's violent tactics. Bellochio evocatively depicts a situation in which ideological passion and personal conviction become mutually untenable. "Part reality, part fantasy and all compassion" (Andrew Sarris, New York Observer). In Italian with English subtitles. Italy, 2003, 106 mins.
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Henry IV
Marco Bellocchio
Pirandello's classic play, gorgeously directed by Marco Bellocchio (Fists in the Pocket), stars Marcello Mastroianni as the aristocrat who falls off a horse and believes himself to be the medieval French emperor, Henry IV. A fabulous investigation of delusion with a playful musical score by tango legend Astor Piazzola. Also stars Claudia Cardinale. In Italian with English subtitles. Italy, 1984, 94 mins.
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Love and Anger
Bernardo Bertolucci/Jean-Luc Godard/Pier Paolo Pasolini/Carlo Lizzani/Marco Bellocchio
Bernardo Bertolucci, Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Carlo Lizzani, and Marco Bellocchio each directed segments of this challenging portmanteau film, which tells thematically linked stories of love, anger, and indifference occurring within the crucible of the turbulent Vietnam era. From an avant-garde theatre troupe's daring performance to a mock debate that spills over into violence, each segment explores the heightened actions and emotions that characterized a volatile era. The DVD is a 2 disc set, and includes interviews with Marco Bellocchio and Carlo Lizzani, assistant director Maurizio Ponzi, and editor Roberto Perpignani, poster and still gallery, talent bios and liner notes, and more. With Nino Castelnuovo, Catherine Jourdan, Tom Baker, Julian Beck, and more. In Italian with English subtitles. Italy/France, 1969, 102 mins.
DVD | $44.95  

My Mother's Smile
Marco Bellocchio
Though the Roman Catholic Church deemed it blasphemous, most critics were in awe of this masterly, provocative drama from Marco Bellocchio (Fist in the Pocket). Sergio Castellitto stars as Ernesto, a painter and avowed atheist who is stunned when he discovers that the Vatican is considering making his mother a saint. Summoned to testify as to her worthiness for beatification, Ernesto is forced to confront his deep-seeded hatred for the stern and unaffectionate woman. "Uncannily human and deeply humanist" (Village Voice). Includes video interviews with director Marco Bellocchio and actor Sergio Castellitto, a conversation between Bellocchio and Castellitto, A Day on the Set featurette, trailer, and 5.1 sound. In Italian with English subtitles. Italy, 2002, 102 mins.
DVD | $44.95  

The Nanny
Marco Bellocchio
Marco Bellocchio (Devil in the Flesh) directs this provocative story about strained family ties loosely based on a story by Luigi Pirandello. An affluent family in turn-of-the-century Rome bears a child, but the young wife suffers deep postpartum depression and is unable to nurse or even love the baby. When the father hires a beautiful, illiterate wetnurse and nanny for the child, an explosive situation develops. In Italian with English subtitles. Italy, 1999, 103 mins.
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The Prince of Homburg
Marco Bellocchio
Marco Bellocchio (Henry IV) directs this haunting period piece based on the play by Heinrich von Kleist and starring Andrea Di Stefano (Before Night Falls) in the title role. Set in 17th century Germany during the Thirty Years War, Bellocchio tells the tale of the Prince of Homburg, a man torn between his affection for his commander's niece and his duties as a general in the cavalry. In Italian with English subtitles. Italy, 1997, 89 mins.
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The Wedding Director
Marco Bellocchio
Channeling the Italian art cinema of yore, filmmaker Marco Bellocchio crafts a dreamy, absurd, and self-reflexive vision of Franco (Sergio Castellitto), a dejected director who goes from filming a bland literary adaptation to videotaping a royal wedding in Sicily. To cut through his depression, he goes about seducing the bride. "Full of brio and cinematic mastery, Bellocchio is having fun here, and I did too" (Phillip Lopate, Film Comment). An Official Selection at Cannes. In Italian with optional English subtitles. Italy, 2006, 100 mins.
DVD | $44.95