Official list - ITALY - 100 Italian films to be savedby chrisgreseque | created - 13 Oct 2013 | updated - 14 Oct 2013 | Public
(In Italian: 100 film italiani da salvare)
The list was created with the aim to report "100 films that have changed the collective memory of the country between 1942 and 1978". The project was established by the Venice Days ("Giornate degli Autori") at the Venice Film Festival, in collaboration with Cinecittà Holding and with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. The list was edited by film critic Fabio Ferzetti in collaboration with the director Gianni Amelio and the writers and film critics Gian Piero Brunetta, Giovanni De Luna, Gianluca Farinelli, Giovanna Grignaffini, Paolo Mereghetti, Morando Morandini, Domenico Starnone and Sergio Toffetti.
As of today I have seen 43 of the 100 (43%)
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1. 4 passi fra le nuvole (1942)
88 min | Comedy, Drama
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 »
Viewed on: 19-oct-2007 (DVD)
2. Ossessione (1943)
TV-14 | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Gino, a drifter, begins an affair with inn-owner Giovanna as they plan to get rid of her older husband.
Viewed on: 29-jun-2003 (Cinema) 10-dec-2004 (DVD)
3. Rome, Open City (1945)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Thriller, War
During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, the Resistance leader, Giorgio Manfredi, is chased by the Nazis as he seeks refuge and a way to escape.
Viewed on: 23-feb-1990 (Television) 20-apr-2005 (DVD)
4. Paisan (1946)
Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, War
The language barrier has tragic consequences in a series of unrelated stories set during the Italian Campaign of WWII.
Viewed on: 15-aug-2005 (DVD)
5. Shoeshine (1946)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama
Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship.
Viewed on: 22-apr-2008 (DVD)
6. L'onorevole Angelina (1947)
90 min | Comedy, Drama
A rowdy woman is so forceful that she outdoes her husband in a loud cry against speculators who refuse poor people entrance to a block of new apartments, built after WW2. Without noticing ... See full summary »
Viewed on: 5-may-2005 (DVD)
7. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Not Rated | 89 min | Drama
In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.
Votes: 121,658 | Gross: $0.33M
Viewed on: 26-may-2004 (DVD)
8. La Terra Trema (1948)
Not Rated | 160 min | Drama
In rural Sicily, the fishermen live at the mercy of the greedy wholesalers. One family risks everything to buy their own boat and operate independently.
Viewed on: 29-dec-2005 (DVD)
9. Bitter Rice (1949)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama
Two criminals on the run end up working in a rice field and decide to recruit other workers for their next robbery.
Viewed on: 31-aug-2003 (DVD)
10. La città dolente (1949)
110 min | Drama
The city of Pola is being evacuated after the peace conference of 1947 decided to assign the sovereignty to Tito's Jugoslavia. However the main character decides to stay, thinking that ... See full summary »
11. Cielo sulla palude (1949)
111 min | Biography, Drama
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 »
Viewed on: 1-apr-2010 (DVD)
12. Stromboli (1950)
Not Rated | 81 min | Drama
Karin, a young woman from the Baltic countries, marries fisherman Antonio to escape from a prison camp. But she cannot get used to the tough life in Antonio's volcano-threatened village, Stromboli.
Viewed on: Date unknown (Television) 22-nov-1993 (Video)
13. Catene (1950)
74 min | Crime, Drama
A husband kills his wife's ex-boyfriend. He flees to America, but is sent back to Italy to stand trial. The only way he can be set free is if his wife confesses to adultery - so the murder can be considered a crime of passion.
Viewed on: 24-jul-2010 (DVD)
15. Domenica d'agosto (1950)
88 min | Comedy, Drama
A variety of different people, both adults, children, families, young lovers and youth gangs, spend a Sunday at the beach of Ostia outside Rome.
Viewed on: 4-sep-2006 (DVD)
16. Story of a Love Affair (1950)
Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Paola is a young, beautiful woman married to a wealthy entrepreneur. She meets her former lover Guido after seven years, but their relationship is marked by tragic events.
Viewed on: 1-may-2005 (DVD)
17. Variety Lights (1950)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A beautiful but ambitious young woman joins a traveling troupe of third-rate vaudevillians and inadvertently causes jealousy and emotional crises.
Viewed on: 3-apr-2008 (DVD) 14-nov-2011 (Internet)
18. Father's Dilemma (1950)
84 min | Comedy
Viewed on: 24-dec-2002 (DVD)
19. Bellissima (1951)
Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama
A woman from the low class desperately tries to get her daughter into the movies.
Viewed on: 4-jan-2006 (DVD) 14-aug-2009 (DVD)
20. Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952)
110 min | Comedy, Romance
The story concerns the romance between Carmela and Antonio. The ardor is one-sided at first, but Carmela is a determined young woman, willing to scale and conquer any obstacle in pursuing ... See full summary »
21. Guardie e ladri (1951)
105 min | Comedy, Drama
Esposito is a thief who cons tourists in Rome. A lengthy persecution by police Bottoni, who manages to catch it starts. In an oversight Esposito manages to flee again. Bottoni superiors inform him that if no catches him will lose his job.
22. Miracle in Milan (1951)
Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
An open hearted and unrelentingly energetic orphan struggles to make the best out of his life on the streets of Milan.
Viewed on: 20-nov-2005 (DVD)
24. Umberto D. (1952)
Not Rated | 89 min | Drama
An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.
Votes: 19,564 | Gross: $0.07M
Viewed on: 6-mar-2005
25. Europe '51 (1952)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama
A wealthy woman becomes obsessed with humanitarianism when her young son dies after attempting suicide.
Viewed on: Date unknown (Television)
26. The White Sheik (1952)
Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Drama
During a day in their honeymoon, a couple is separated by the city's lust and the desires it produces.
Viewed on: 11-oct-2007 (DVD)
27. Totò a colori (1952)
104 min | Comedy
Toto' a colori was the first Italian movie to be shot with a colour film, but the sensitivity was very low (6 asa!) so the actors had to act under a very strong lighting and high temperature.
28. The Little World of Don Camillo (1952)
107 min | Comedy
In a village of the Po valley where the earth is hard and life miserly, the priest and the communist mayor are always fighting to be the head of the community. If in secret, they admired ... See full summary »
Viewed on: Date unknown (Television) 14-jan-1990 (Television) 2-oct-2005 (DVD)
29. Bread, Love and Dreams (1953)
90 min | Comedy, Romance
When a veteran marshal is sent to a small town, he quickly falls for two women: a midwife and an earthy young woman nicknamed "Frisky".
Viewed on: 21-jan-2007 (DVD)
30. I Vitelloni (1953)
Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama
A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy.
Votes: 12,533 | Gross: $0.10M
Viewed on: 6-oct-2005 (DVD)
33. The Wayward Wife (1953)
91 min | Comedy, Drama
Gemma, daughter of a lodger, is in love with her half-brother, but since she cannot marry him she ends up marrying a teacher. She doesn't love him and betrays him but is blackmailed by a ... See full summary »
Viewed on: 3-oct-2007 (DVD)
35. Il sole negli occhi (1953)
98 min | Drama
A young and shy girl Celestina arrives from her small home village to Rome to become a housemaid. Her inexperience and naivety causes her to change her employers quite frequently. As she is... See full summary »
36. Riviera (1954)
107 min | Comedy, Drama
Annamaria Montorsi, ex prostituta, è in vacanza al mare con la figlia : per sfuggire ai pettegolezzi si finge vedova. E' pacata e riservata, e questo la rende benvoluta da tutti, in ... See full summary »
Viewed on: 23-dec-2011 (Internet)
37. The Gold of Naples (1954)
Not Rated | 138 min | Comedy, Drama
Tribute to Naples, where director De Sica spent his first years, this is a collection of 6 Neapolitan episodes : a clown exploited by a gangster ; an inconstant pizza seller (Sofia) losing ... See full summary »
Viewed on: 18-jun-2006 (DVD)
38. An American in Rome (1954)
94 min | Comedy
Nando Moriconi is a young Italian living in Rome. He is fond for everything coming from the United States. He tries to speak American-English, to wear clothes he thinks Americans wear, to ... See full summary »
39. The Art of Getting Along (1955)
85 min | Comedy
Rosario Scimoni is twenty years old and lives in Catania at the beginning of this century. He loves two things in life: women and money and he is the secretary of the mayor who is his uncle... See full summary »
40. Senso (1954)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, History, Romance
A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant.
Votes: 5,183 | Gross: $0.03M
Viewed on: Date unknown (Television) 11-jun-2000 (Video) 19-may-2002 (Video) 10-sep-2005 (Video)
41. La Strada (1954)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama
A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.
Viewed on: 10-may-1991 (Television) 4-feb-2006 (DVD)
42. Una donna libera (1954)
93 min | Drama
Viewed on: 13-oct-2013 (Internet)
44. Un eroe dei nostri tempi (1955)
85 min | Comedy
Alberto Menichetti lives with an aunt and an old housekeeper, Clotilde; he has a job in a firm and his boss is Mrs. De Ritis, a widow whose husband was killed during a wild boar hunt. She ... See full summary »
45. Poor But Beautiful (1957)
101 min | Comedy
Romolo and Salvatore are two young men that are neighbors and friends. They live with their parents in Piazza Navona in Rome. They are poor but handsome, and both fall in love with the beautiful Giovanna.
47. The Nights of Cabiria (1957)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak.
Votes: 37,360 | Gross: $0.75M
Viewed on: 3-may-2006 (DVD)
49. Arrangiatevi (1959)
110 min | Comedy