An old woman finds a baby among the cauliflowers in her garden. She takes care of the orphan, and calls him Totò. When she dies, he is sent to an orphanage, which he leaves as a teenager. ... See full summary »
Vittorio De Sica
Late 19th century. The young miss Julie lives in a mansion with her father. She has recently broken her engagement but is attracted to one of the servants, Jean. They spend the midsummer ... See full summary »
Enrico Mattei helped change Italy's future, first as freedom-fighter against the Nazis, then as an investor in methane gas through a public company, A.G.I.P., and ultimately as the head of ... See full summary »
Gian Maria Volonté,
After a card game Southerner Owen Pentecost finds himself the owner of a Denver hotel. Involved with two women - one who came with the hotel, and one newly arrived from the East to open a ... See full summary »
In Shakespeare's classic play, the Montagues and Capulets, two families of Renaissance Italy, have hated each other for years, but the son of one family and the daughter of the other fall desperately in love and secretly marry.
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Women wait anxiously at a minehead in Capodarso, Sicily. Their men are underground. The mine is closing and the miners refuse to come up unless the owner relents. After three days, they ... See full summary »
The scene is the Pontine Marshes, a disease-ridden region. The year is 1902. Maria Goretti, a twelve-year-old girl, lives with her parents, poor farm hands, in the house of Serenelli, a ... See full summary »
Thérèse Langlois, who runs a small café in the Paris region, lives alone with her souvenirs. One day she thinks she recognizes her husband in a tramp walking past her establishment. It must... See full summary »
Count Anikoff, a Russian officer, challenges his best friend, Sergei, to a duel when he finds him courting the young woman he, too, is in love with. Sergei can't bring himself to kill his friend. He fires only after taking the bullet out of his pistol. Now, it is the Count's turn to fire...
A family man travelling for work, Paolo Bianchi, meets on a train a lonely girl, Maria. He sees her again on a bus and she reveals him that she's in troubles: she's pregnant, her baby's ... See full summary »
E' la storia di Beppe, garzone di fornaio e orfano, fiorentino. Parte militare e a Catania fa amicizia con Cavalluccio. Gli fa da compare quando questi si fidanza con Maria Antonia e, ... See full summary »
Is love the only ingredient needed to enable a young couple to be married? Through most of this motion picture the answer seems to be no, as Antonio and Carmela are in love and yet the odds are against them getting married. This is the simple plot line which focuses in on the two very well developed characters and their fight to be accepted together. The strong personality and overwhelming free spirit of Carmela, excellently portrayed by Maria Fiore has to be one of the most interesting female characters in film history. The story starts out with Antonio having served time as a soldier and returning home to his financially challenged mother and sisters. Almost at once Carmela is on the scene flirting with Antonio. His main concern, though, is securing a job. The rest of the film switches back and forth between Antonio and Carmela and his trials and tribulations with both his short term employment ventures and the problems arising with young love. Their situation isn't helped with Carmela's brother and father being against their proposed marriage. Village life is very well explored in this movie that has a very broad appeal. Mack Sennett felt that a fast pace was the key ingredient to a good movie and Two Pennyworth of Hope moves along at the speed of light. The VCR timer and other sources give this a running time of 95 minutes. Technically speaking the movie isn't in b&w as a red film stock was used as a source for this VHS video version. The white subtitles need to be encased in black as about 10% are impossible to read.
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